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

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 44 (visit 1 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Oct 2003
Cost per head: £22.50 (2.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.3 6.9 8.1 7.4 5.8 6.1 7.0 6.9 7.1 6.87
Dave 6 8 8 7 6 7 6 8 7 6.9 See Dave's comments
John 8 8 8 9 6 6 8 7 8 7.7 See John's comments
Graeme 6 5 9 7 5 5 8 7 8 6.8 See Graeme's comments
Mark 5 6 9 8 4 7 7 6 6.6 See Mark's comments
Jon 4 7 7 6 7 6 7 8 7 6.6 See Jon's comments
Richard 7 7 9 7 4 6 5 6 7 6.3 See Richard's comments
Robin 6 7 8 6 6 5 8 6 7 6.7 See Robin's comments
Paul 8 7 7 9 8 7 7 6 7 7.4 See Paul's comments

All Comments

Dave - Popular restaurant made for a good ambience mark but also caused service to be marked down.  I remember thinking the starter was nice but can't remember what I ordered (this probably explains the good mark for beer which may explain the headache the next day).  The main course was a let-down as were the Nan breads.  Overall worth a visit but not top-six.

John - A good showing by the Shampan. I started with Chicken Chat which was really tasty. Followed that with a Chicken Gatta which was very interesting (unlike its namesake). The beer was flowing - all on draft, and the veg was plentiful. Disappointed that we had to pay afterwards. I thought that our new found fame would guarantee us free curry for life!

Graeme - We allowed ourselves to be enticed by the pimp's offer of "no service charge" (although we had already decided to go to this place). We also managed to negotiate a free half of Cobra each as we had to wait for a table to come free. In the main, it was a very good experience and excellent VFM. I had a fish-cake thing for starter which was unusual but nice and a house speciality (similar to a Jalfrezi) for main which had a bit of a kick and was really tasty. The nan and rice were very average, though. I've marked the beer very highly as they had 2 Indian beers on draught (Cobra & Kingfisher) in an age where a lot of places only have bottled beers. There was surprisingly little talk about our appearance on last night's "The Joy of Curry" program, although people were generally pleased with their / our showing. I thought the program got off to a bad start by featuring the 'rough element' eating the hottest curries as a challenge and being generally loud and obnoxious - such a contrast to our sophisticated club. Robin, get your shirt off next time you have a Phal!

Mark - No Joy of Curry recognition as we walked down Brick Lane so still had to negotiate with the pimps. Following Griff's suggestion of the Shampan we walked in wiithout getting a reduction & no table was available. I pushed for half a larger while waiting but we could have drank a whole pint in the time between arriving and eventually eating. A five bowl chutney dish prepared us for a very well presented selection of dishes. Meat spring rolls for starters followed by a Chicken Rezela. Well packed place meant it was a bit cramped but draft Cobra & Kingfisher added to the atmosphere. Good but not great.

Jon - This was a very nice meal let down by poor service, both in waiting for the table and in waiting for the meal. Vindaloo was tasty and the veg dishes were very good. Good lively atmosphere and it was excellent to be back on Brick Lane again. Entertaining discussion with Griff on the train home about whether fireworks should be banned from private sale.

Richard - A good, varied menu with unusual dishes. I had a good lamb spring roll to start, then tikka marsala with a whole spring chicken, which was indeed a sizeable meal, although not the tastiest. Kingfisher and Cobra on draft, and even a free half each to tempt us all in, was a good start. The place was a bit cramped, very busy, with tired decor, but with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere.

Robin - A varied and interesting menu listing many unusual dishes. My Shick Kebab starter (their spelling) was unexceptional, but the King Prawn Gatta (I had to have a Gatta dish of course) was very good; aromatic and spicy yet with a distinctive almost sour edge. The beer was good, the service was fairly good once they'd actually found us a table (which took rather longer than the tout promised) and taken our order, but I was a little disappointed by the vegetable dishes and the special rice was nothing to rave about. Probably one to go back to more out of curiosity than anything else.

Paul - Nice venue in the heart of the Brick Lane curry zone. After the initial shenanigans of bartering for free beer due to them not being able to seat us all on arrival, settled down to a fine meal. Nice round of 'bits' with the popadoms, especially that orange coconut stuff. Huge menu of dishes mixing the routine with the exotic with the quite strange. The breadcrumb-coated lamb aloo was delicious and the whole-chicken main course very tasty. Only drawback was that the place was very busy due to the front man outside bringing in more people than the dining area could accommodate. Nevertheless, a very pleasant meal and venue.

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