Name: The Shampan
Status: Closed
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 79 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Phone: 020 7375 0475

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Oct 2003|2. 27 May 2004|3. 28 Jul 2005|4. 28 Feb 2008|5. 26 Apr 2012
6. 28 Mar 2013|7. 29 May 2014|8. 30 Jul 2015|9. 28 Jan 2016

A rare moment of civilised conversation in keeping with the charm of the Shampan.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 156 (visit 6 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Mar 2013
Cost per head: £28.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.5 7.8 6.5 7.0 7.2 6.8 7.9 7.1 7.9 7.32
Neil 7 9 7 7 8 6 8 7 9 7.6 See Neil's comments
Graeme 8 8 6 7 7 6 8 7 8 7.3 See Graeme's comments
John 8 8 8 9 8 8 9 8 8 8.3 See John's comments
Russ (Guest) 9 9 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 8.0 See Russ's comments
Mark 7 7 6 5 8 8 7 7 6.9 See Mark's comments
Brian 7 9 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7.2 See Brian's comments
Dominic 8 8 9 7 5 8 5 8 7.3 See Dominic's comments
Jeff 8 7 3 6 7 6 8 8 8 6.9 See Jeff's comments
Dave 7 7 6 7 7 9 7 9 7.5 See Dave's comments
Tim 6 6 5 6 6 7 7 7 6 6.3 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Neil - Nothing to complain about here, a great Brick Lane curry house. Tasty food and excellent portion sizes, all for a very reasonable price. I've taken a few friends here since our last visit and it's always been a consistently good experience. Only negatives I can think of are that we had the normal 'half plain, half spicy' offering for the poppadoms, quickly shouted down by Graeme, and the starters come on metal plates. Also, if you don't like garlic, not the venue for you. This and the Eastern Eye are the pick of Brick Lane for me.

Graeme - The Shampan is still my favourite Brick Lane restaurant and, although tonight the food was maybe not quite as special as sometimes, I had a very enjoyable meal. Unfortunately, the two draft Indian beers (that normally set Shampan apart from its peers) were off so we had to make do with bottled Cobra and Kingfisher. As we discussed at the time, the bottled varieties are probably better tasting and more reliable than the draft, it's just that the availability of draft shows the restaurant is trying a bit harder. For starter I had the Mixed Kebab Cocktail which was tasty but a little small (it was fairly cheap though!). For main I had the Sylheti Chicken Jalfrezi which was very good (with plently of garlic, which I like) but I felt the Chicken Tikka in it gave it an underlying smokey taste (which I wasn't so keen on). The request for a free round of liqueurs was pleasantly received with the waiter more than happy to oblige. Note to El Pres: keep Mr Want away from any dialogue with the staff in future.

John - Shampan is one of the best on Brick Lane. King prawn puree was very tasty followed by a very manly chicken tikka masala. I shared the table some old bloke with a square head who was sipping white wine and soda. I asked him if he had a fatter younger brother but he said no.

Russ - A thoroughly enjoyable evening, it was good to meet up with some old faces and some new ones. I was made to feel most welcome by all and thank goodness I didn't have to go to work next day. I thought the staff did an excellent job managing everyone's requests so efficiently. The food was of good quality and I thought good value for money. My starter of Aloo Chop (Mashed potato balls with lamb) was really enjoyable. I requested a Lamb dish for main course (with Coriander and Chilli) and let the waiter get on with it (it could have been a Rezala or a Xacuti, I'm not sure); the lamb however, was a little on the tough side, but overall flavour and quantity was good. Sag Aloo, Mushroom Rice were also of good quality and texture and I was impressed with the wines on offer (from Dom). The beer and complimentary port were ok. I think you should all be congratulated on what looks to be a thriving Curry Club and the efficiency with which everything is organised. Well done and many thanks.

Mark - Times must be hard because for once our table was actually ready and waiting when we arrived as opposed to standing around for a while as they cleared space - mind you it could have been due to the Easter break? The Shampan delivered its usual level of a good curry at a reasonable price with little frills. Downside was the lack of draught beer this time and a very cloudy port delivered as the postif that I refused to drink. Highlights were the extra chutney as usual, the fact they leave them on the table to accompany the starters - needed as my lamb samosa was a bit dry, and the ususal good company that made an enjoyable evening. No arguments with the waiters this month which added to the ambience. Poor Robin, fit to drink but not to eat! After news of a FF faller we have a clear favourite in the Currymarks RIP sweepstake!

Brian - The key to satisfaction at the Shampan is the old KISS maxim - Keep It Simple, Stupid! My previous efforts at having something a bit different, from Spring Chicken to fish, met with disappointing results. This time I went for Lamb chops to start, followed by a lamb sag main. Both were very good. Veg and rice were also good, and my chapati was as expected - difficult to screw up, but some places do manage to burn them. An enjoyable evening, in a pleasantly crowded and bustling restaurant.

Dominic - Another good evening at the Shampan. Notwithstanding that we had booked they still had to put tables together when the "advance party" arrived ... but a much better location than last year ... and women galore once more! The service was fine without being excellent, however, they did offer a free round so scores better. My starter of the Lamb Chop was tasty and plentiful and my main of the Sylheti Jalfrezi Chicken was very good: tasty, plentiful with a nice kick. The sides were all ok with nothing being outstanding but the wine list is very well priced and much appreciated. Another great evening with excellent banter as per usual ... even if Griff forgot he has my spare Putter!

Jeff - Tonight's outing to the Shampan, a favourite of some of our 'gang', was for me an improvement on previous trips - although whatever happened to the two draft beers - now the only 'choice' of beer is bottled Cobra, or nothing. The place was very lively with a mix of students, old farts like us, and even a family. We had a better table than usual, and plenty of room. The food was of above average quality, and plentiful enough for Tim to take home his now almost traditional doggie bag!! My guest Russ fitted in well and has submitted a very comprehensive review. An indignant Brian was unhappy with Graeme and my very unsuccessful attempts at high-fiving, both of us being informed that it was a young person's game.

Dave - Despite frequent reminders from El Presidente to get your marks in before Easter - I didn't and now cannot remember a lot from the evening. I do however remember that my main course (chicken shashlik) was excellent and that the bill was good VFM.

Tim - A mixed evening for me. It started off a bit unpromisingly, with both my preferred choice of beer (Kingfisher) and wine (St Emilion) being temporarily unavailable. They seemed to be in a hurry to take orders, presumably to get them into the kitchen before the 8pm rush (the place was full not long after we arrived). The spicy popadom (what was left of it) was fine, and I enjoyed the generous portions of accompaniments, including the extra, coconut-based one. Mixed kebab starter was ok, though I've certainly had better (larger, and more varied items), but it was bizarrely served on a strange metal plate with separate compartments, looking like something you might get in a prison or school canteen. Dom had asked for a supersized starter (3 chops instead of 2) and ended up being served inconveniently with two complete starters on separate plates - more than was asked for, so I was able to try the curried lamb chop as well. Main of lamb shatkora was pleasant enough, though didn't taste as distinctive of shatkora as some versions I've tried. Dom managed to organise a welcome free round of liqueurs at the end of the meal. Overall, it was quite a good meal, but I'm not sure it was top six for me.

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