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

Jon's mark of 6 for ambience looks to be a little generous.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 46 (visit 2 of 5 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 8 Jan 2004 (Re-scheduled Dec 2003 outing)
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.4 5.7 5.7 7.1 6.1 6.4 7.0 6.4 5.3 6.27
Richard 5 7 5 8 7 6 7 6 6 6.5 See Richard's comments
Jon 5 6 7 6 7 7 8 6 5 6.5 See Jon's comments
Graeme 5 3 5 5 6 4 6 7 4 5.1 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 7 6 8 4 7 7 6 5 6.4 See Mark's comments
Tim 8 7 6 7 6 6 6 6 5 6.3 See Tim's comments
John 4 4 6 8 7 7 9 7 6 6.8 See John's comments
Robin 5 6 5 8 6 8 6 7 6 6.4 See Robin's comments

All Comments

Richard - A few steps from the King's Stores on a wet day - a flying start for the Gulshan was followed through with a respectable performance. A delicious mixed grill starter of tikka, kebab and lamb shared with Jon was followed by a pretty good butter chicken (not one for the calorie counters). The dishes were slow to appear: perhaps they were hoping we'd buy more of the overpriced beer. It was a bright and cheery place, as will be seen in my pics, although on my photographic debut I failed to snap the bogs. doh!

Jon - The main appeal of the Gulshan is its proximity to the Kings Stores, but it was just about worth a visit. The service was slow but the food was generally not bad. The mixed kebab starter "to share" turned up on separate plates so the reason for pricing it for two people can only be guessed at - it was an unusual menu item but was no better than average. The duck vindaloo, however, was good. My normal moan about lack of aloo was justified once again (just one potato) but the change of meat was well worth it and made it a different, but pleasing, experience from the usual chicken variety. The sag aloo was disappointing, cheesy peas very good and the rest of the veg was OK. Conversation mainly revolved around planning Rats's stag do and the sudden appearance of another unofficial photographer in Richard - mind you, his camera was far too slow to really compete with the establishment.

Graeme - My impression on the night was that the Gulshan would score better than on our previous visit but, after having marked against the individual criteria, my score is still low. Was the overall experience better than the sum of its parts? What a load of bull! The ambience where we sat was very poor - small room, low ceiling, no decoration, no 'buzz'. Generally, the food could only be described as OK - only the sag aloo was better than OK. The rice was a bit crispy. There was a third photographer for this visit: Richard joined Jon & Robin in competition for publication on the site. Rats continued to disappoint with another girlie dish - Chicken Shashlik this time - I sometimes have it for a takeaway, but I do share it with women and children!

Mark - Mixed platter starter turned up as two separate plates but was very good even if mine looked smaller than Robin's. Chicken Imli (Tamarind flavoured I think) for main was very dark, sweet tasting, with a little kick. Nan was decorated with sesame seeds but was small & not the best. Rice was fair and individual. Overall an improvement, respectable but not stunning. Looks like we need to appoint a whip monitor!

Tim - Apart from the service being friendly, nothing stands out at this place. Starter of chicken samosa (IIRC) was OK, but main course was uninspiring. Some of the food could have been a bit warmer. Bottles of Cobra were available, but no Kingfisher, and no draft Indian beer.

John - As I'm on a diet, I decided to go for heathly options. So to start I had a rather tasty sheek kebab, followed by an excellent chicken shashlik, which was served as two kebabs on skewers. All this complimented the low fat lager that was consumed prior and during the meal. I've marked the ambience down a bit as the Gulshan lacks atmosphere and the walls are boring. Starters also took a long time to materialise.

Robin - Service was quite slow and the mixed tikka starter and the special rice were the highlights of an otherwise unexceptional meal. The athi chicken main course was fairly lively but gave the distinct impression that the meat and sauce had been prepared separately and then combined. Ambiance was slightly impacted because the restaurant consists of a few quite small interconnected rooms, but at least we were allowed to sit in the largest of these and another couple of tables became occupied during our meal. The only beer available was bottled Cobra, whereas many other establishments now offer a selection of 2 or 3 different beers, often with one on draught.

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