Name: Gulshan
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 11 Sandy's Row
London E1 7HW
Phone: 020 7247 2818

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Jan 2000|2. 8 Jan 2004|3. 14 Jan 2010|4. 27 May 2010|5. 31 Mar 2011

I don't believe it. Sitting down in the pub?
What a bunch of tarts.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 117 (visit 3 of 5 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 14 Jan 2010 (Re-scheduled Dec 2009 outing)
Cost per head: £28.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.4 5.4 8.1 7.4 7.1 7.3 7.6 7.4 7.0 7.16
Robin 7 5 8 6 6 8 8 7 7 7.0 See Robin's comments
Brian 7 4 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7.8 See Brian's comments
Mark 6 5 8 8 9 6 7 7 7 7.0 See Mark's comments
Graeme 6 5 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7.3 See Graeme's comments
John 7 7 9 7 7 8 9 9 8 8.0 See John's comments
Tim 5 5 8 7 6 6 6 7 6 6.2 See Tim's comments
Dominic 7 7 8 7 6 7 7 6 6 6.8 See Dominic's comments

All Comments

Robin - My King Prawn Puree starter was good but not exceptional, but my main course of Kali Mirch Chicken was very good – fairly spicy (described on the menu as "hot") with plenty of chicken. The vegetables were also good and the special rice was great. It was also nice to see that they’ve introduced draught Kingfisher since our last visit; far too many establishments seem to be reverting to bottled beer only. The service was good after an initial wait for poppadoms, but ambiance definitely suffers because of the restaurant’s layout: a series of small inter-connecting rooms, and as usual our group occupied one of them entirely.

Brian - I enjoyed the meal and the company very much. The restaurant is strangely laid out; we were all wedged into a sort of booth with a large round table occupying almost all available space, so not a great ambience. Bengal Fish Tikka starter was excellent, although I didn't realise that salmon was in fact a Bengal fish (it certainly looked and tasted like salmon anyway). Jeera Chicken main was a good size, and tasty without being overly hot. Service was OK, but great in comparison with the similarly sized and located H&S. It was good to have a draft Indian beer option, but strangely they had no Campari, so Dom was a bit disappointed.

Mark - The Gulsan was last visited in Jan 04 and was also our first visit in Jan 2000 so has become a bit of a regular early year outing. We sat in the usual window round table, that should surely have a 'Lazy Sally', which meant that service was always a bit awkward. Had the Tikka Platter to start which was better than some I have and not badly priced. Main of Chicken Rosti was pleasent but lacked a bit of kick. Nan was good and so were the veg options. Draft beer is always welcome but could have been colder. Overall a positive performance a an enjoyable evening even if we did sit down in the pub. Are we getting old? Good to see a neatly attired Robin in his school jumper and well done to Graeme for overcoming his injuries to struggle out on a cold evening.

Graeme - I was pleasantly surprised by our return to Gulshan. It didn't look promising when we arrived: it was completely empty and cold (and the décor is very dull in any case) plus the waiters seemed confused and defensive when asked a couple of questions about the menu. However, all the food was excellent, including the 'sides'. I had Bengal Fish Tikka to start and Chicken Jalfrezi for main - both very tasty, although the fish dish was a bit small. I marked the beer up by a point as they had Kingfisher on draft, although I didn't drink it! The VFM was very good - I thought about giving it an 8 but overall I think the ambience and service weren't quite up to it. The evening got off to a bad start for me - imagine the shock when I arrived at the pub to find the guys sitting down!

John - A good performance from the Gulshan and a good way to finish the first decade of the curry club. I had chicken chat for starters which was good but not exceptional. The main course of Chicken Jerra was excellent - very spicy with plenty of onions. The various veg dishes were also very good especially the chick peas.

Tim - We were seated in a slightly chilly alcove, that was cleanly, if plainly furnished. Refreshingly, they had draft Kingfisher as well as bottled Cobra, and also a pleasant Malbec on the wine list. Poppadoms and accompaniments were fine, except that I found the mint raita rather sweet. The mixed kebab starter was not bad, and is good value for money if it's £7 for two people. Main course of Imli chicken was quite unusual; it came in rich, dark, thick sauce, which I found a bit sweet, and not spicy enough, though it wasn't unpleasant. I would have preferred a bit more chicken in it. On the whole, the service was quite efficient, except that they "forgot" to bring water when asked - an annoying trait in some restaurants.

Dominic - This was my first visit to the Gulshan which is a nice, modern eatery. We were in a separate room with a round table which made for interesting conversation although was a little cold. My King Prawn Puri starter was interesting as it had a little kick to it but the prawns were a little small. My Xacuti Chicken was also good without being extraordinary with the special fried rice being the pick of the rest. The wine list is quite reasonably priced which was a plus. All in all an enjoyable evening helped by the communal conversation.

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