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

Graeme (left) looks on anxiously as Jon takes over the ordering duties for the evening.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 170 (visit 7 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 May 2014
Cost per head: £30.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.3 7.3 7.8 6.1 6.4 6.6 7.4 6.9 7.0 6.98
Jon 8 8 9 8 7 8 8 8 8 8.0 See Jon's comments
Jeff 8 6 6 4 5 6 7 6 5 5.9 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 7 8 9 7 8 7 9 7 8 7.9 See Graeme's comments
Neil 6 7 6 6 7 6 5 7 7 6.2 See Neil's comments
Dominic 8 9 8 8 6 9 7 9 8.1 See Dominic's comments
Tim 7 5 7 6 5 7 7 7 6 6.4 See Tim's comments
Richard 7 7 7 5 6 6 6 6 6 6.1 See Richard's comments
Dave 7 8 10 5 7 7 8 7 7 7.3 See Dave's comments

All Comments

Jon - It's been six years since I've been to the Shampan having missed the last two top six visits and it has certainly improved from the mixed performances of the early noughties.  Proper Cobra on draught is a real treat and the menu provided some interesting options.  I went for the Mixed Kebab "Cocktail" for my starter, which had a selection of tasty meaty mouthfuls all nicely flavoured and cooked, and I followed it up with a Lamb Thatul Tanga Bujon which was fantastic.  Beautifully cooked lamb in a lovely sour and spicy sauce.  The accompaniments were all good, service was very good and it was all-in-all a good evening.

Jeff - Tonight's outing to the Shampan featured a return for the two draft beers - a definite plus point, but 'pints' were woefully short of the top of the glass. It was much quieter than usual - I've never seen the place with empty tables before, and it looked in need of a refurbishment. The food was disappointing compared to previous trips: king prawns were quite small, the nan was average, and the rice and veg came in pretty small portions. The price was reasonable considering a lot of us had 2 pints, but altogether I expected more.

Graeme - This is one of my favourite curry houses and I had a very good meal tonight. The Shampan is still alone (probably) with 2 Indian beers on draught (as well as having bottled beer available too) - a commendable effort! The service was a little off the pace compared to previous visits as there seemed to be only 1 waiter for the first part of the evening, but he looked after us well. All the food was very enjoyable, especially my Chicken Xacuti (excellent) - thanks, Dom, for steering me towards the off-menu Chicken rather than the listed Lamb version. My train from King's Cross was cancelled so I adjourned to the Parcel Yard bar for a pint of Peroni at £5.19(!) - disappointingly (and to prove the point that I had made earlier), I couldn't finish it as I was too full after the meal - criminal!

Neil - First time we've met at The Ten Bells and very nice it was too. Quick to get served, friendly staff and an arty crowd of drinkers. Much too young and good looking to mix with us bunch of grandads! It was then on to the curry house for an early 7.30 start. The Shampan continues to live up to its 'good quality at a reasonable price' reputation. All food comes with large amounts of garlic. Be warned, you won't be very popular the next day! The only downside was that my main, rogan gosh was really a generic dish with a few tomatoes added in. I strongly suspect the dopiaza would have been exactly the same meal but with a couple of onions. It wasn't bad but not really the Rogan I expect.

Dominic - Almost a disaster before we started as our chosen revisit was closed for refurbishment!!! So letting the obvious power of being CC go to my head, I hastily made an executive decision to substitute the Shampan. And what a great choice that proved to be! After finally getting people to the Ten Bells we arrived (at a very decent hour I must add!!) to be greeted by lots of ladies (what is it with this place!!) and a fine table by the window. The service was very good all night and my starter of the Lamb Chop was once again tasty and plentiful. My main of the Xacuti Chicken was excellent being flavoursome and generous. The sides were all tasty with the wine list very well priced and a good selection. Another great evening with a very unique characteristic: absolutely no mention of Suzi ..... is Alzheimer's setting in!!!!

Tim - There always seems to be some problem with the beer here; this time they were out of bottled Kingfisher, though they had both Cobra and Kingfisher on draught. The decor is pleasant, and I like the painted glass frieze, although I seem to remember the same section of window boarded up as on our last visit. There seemed to be fewer tables than I remember; it gives a feeling of spaciousness, but also lowers the ambience as the place seems less lively. Nice to see they've retained the extra coconutty poppadom accompaniment, and adding a sauce (tamarind?) to the chopped onion makes it more interesting. I was less impressed with the starter; the chicken tikka pakora was rather bland, and not what I expected from the description on the menu. Main of Bangladeshi Special Thali was interesting, but a bit of a mixed bag. The piece of fried fish was rather dry and over-cooked, and the bones weren't very convenient. The paratha was rather dry and plain, though I suppose it's meant more for scooping up the food in the main dishes than being interesting in its own right. Neil's stuffed paratha was much nicer though. The chicken rezala was pleasant, and the shatkora daal was unusual. I was also able to try a selection of wines courtesy of Dom; they perhaps weren't the best, but were quite keenly priced, so represented reasonable value.

Richard - It was nice to go back to Brick Lane, and the restaurant was better than the usual basic offering. My starter was small although the main dish of Meat Thali was a good size, although I have had better.

Dave - Enjoyable evening at the Shampan - prawn puri starter a bit disappointing but the chicken curry main was good. Shampan's strength is beer - serving both Kingfisher and Cobra on draught.

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