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

Jon makes sure his guest (Aneta) doesn't feel left out.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 183 (visit 8 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Jul 2015
Cost per head: £31.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.4 7.3 6.9 7.1 7.5 6.6 7.9 7.0 7.1 7.25
John 6 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7.6 See John's comments
Brian 9 8 7 9 9 9 10 9 10 9.0 See Brian's comments
Jeff 8 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 5.9 See Jeff's comments
Alex 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 7.8 See Alex's comments
Jon 7 7 7 8 7 7 8 8 7 7.4 See Jon's comments
Graeme 8 8 6 7 7 9 7 8 7.6 See Graeme's comments
Neil 6 7 6 6 7 5 8 6 6 6.5 See Neil's comments
Dominic 7 7 9 5 5 6 5 6 6.2 See Dominic's comments

All Comments

John - Note to self: don't have the jalfrezi next time - too hot!!!!

Brian - Another excellent performance from the Shampan.  Mixed tikka / kebab starter was really good, Biran Mas (fish) main was lovely, as were all the rice and veg sides, and my chapati. I think this is my favourite Brick Lane restaurant.

Jeff - Another visit to the Shampan which stubbornly refuses to move out of the top 6. It's still one of the more expensive places on Brick Lane, probably because of its reputation - it can pull in punters without touts offering discounts. No draft beers this time - 'gas' problems, which Graeme said he could sympathise with. Food is still ok but not great, and I'm not sure the meal was worth £30, for example the rice and veg came in pretty small portions again. Service is still good. A lick of paint would not go amiss, which could be done without losing its character. It won't let you down, but I think it's falling behind the best of Brick Lane like the Masala.

Alex - Good food here again, the place needs some maintenance (dodgy loos etc.) but decent atmosphere and quite efficient. Fairly zingy spicing in my choices but not excessive.

Jon - A solid performance from the Shampan which is fast becoming a rival for the Masala's title as the best curry house on Brick Lane.  The mixed kebab started was very nice, the lamb dansak main course was also very good and all the accompaniments were up to the required mark.  There was a lively discussion about the friendliness of the French, with our resident Kent-born Italian-French-Australian vainly trying to defend one of his many nationalities, although he will be more concerned with the performance of the cricket-playing one given that will cost him money!

Graeme - I really like the Shampan and often recommend it. It did not disappoint this time. It is a bit of a throwback to a previous era with its slightly shabby 'lived in' feel. I had the Chicken Tikka Pakora to start - very nice, followed by the Sylheti Jalfrezi Chicken which was delicious. The service was low-key but efficient. Disappointingly, the usual two draught Indian beers were off "due to a problem with the gas" leaving just the bottled varieties. Good company and conversation as always. I received quite a bit of support for my plan (dream?) to retire soon but I am still missing the most important sanction (from Mrs S!).

Neil - We broke some new ground with a new pub to meet in, The Water Poet, and it wasn't that bad at all, well done Dom. I'd certainly be up it for replacing the Pride of Spitalfields as 'The' Brick Lane pub.  What is there new to say about The Shampan? As always, reasonably cheap, with an overdose of added garlic. I think of it as the ultimate Brick Lane student venue, certainly always full of arty types! I suspect we'll be returning but I did notice an increase in prices and slightly slower service, so maybe not quite hitting the same heights as yesteryear.

Dominic - This is possibly my favourite eatery on Brick Lane but unfortunately this visit didn't keep up with earlier standards. What hasn't changed, is that it continues to contain a fair share of ladies ... indeed we even brought one of our own!! But alas, that seemed to be the only constant. The service to me was somewhat mixed as I needed to get someone's attention for most of the night but this was countered with an unsolicited free round of liqueurs which is always appreciated. Food-wise was the most disappointing: my starter of lamb chops was a little tough being a less than moorish cut of meat while my usual of the Xacuti Chicken was surprisingly average. The veg etc were all ok with the only star being the wine: it seems that we have invented a new French wine (with obvious influences from the North East) called a "Geordie Pope"!!! A great evening of banter spoiled somewhat by the actual food.

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