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: 64 (visit 3 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Jul 2005
Cost per head: £22.50 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.7 7.0 7.2 6.7 6.2 6.6 5.9 6.4 6.6 6.52
Richard 7 8 7 6 7 6 8 9 8 7.3 See Richard's comments
Robin 6 6 5 7 6 7 5 5 6 5.9 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 7 9 7 3 7 9 7 8 7.3 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 6 8 7 6 7 7 5 6 6.5 See Mark's comments
Brian 7 6 7 6 6 6 2 6 4 5.2 See Brian's comments
Dominic (Guest) 8 9 8 9 8 9 9 8 9 8.6 See Dominic's comments
Tim 6 7 6 8 7 7 8 7 7 7.1 See Tim's comments
Jon 7 7 7 5 8 6 3 7 6 5.9 See Jon's comments
John 6 7 8 5 4 5 2 4 5 4.8 See John's comments

All Comments

Richard - At last a good curryhouse on Brick Lane! The pimp was correct that the prices were reasonable so no need for a "discount". The food was very good - a tasty Chicken Chat was followed by delicious Lamb Rogan Josh, with excellent veg / rice / nan / poppadums. Draught beer, if my fuddled memory serves me right, and the place was full and buzzing - with half the customers female. Tim remained stoical in the face of reminders of his "moment of madness" last month, while resisting the temptation of a free beer in the 'Stores.

Robin - An unexceptional meal apart from the king prawn puree starter and the special rice, both of which were quite good. The chicken ubreesi gatta was certainly different, but was rather overpowered by a strong sour lentil flavour that was all I could taste. There are plenty of better restaurants in Brick Lane in my opinion.

Graeme - Another very enjoyable visit to Shampan. I really like this place and often recommend it to friends. The atmosphere is lively, the layout 'busy' without being too crowded, the food is excellent and all this for a reasonable price ... and they have 2 Indian beers on draft! My Mixed Kebab starter was very good and my Chicken Rezala main was excellent. The only disappointment was the Keema Nan which was doughy and not very tasty. All-in-all, it was a very civilised and satisfying evening. There was some football talk (indicating that the new season is not far away) and the spectre of Suzi's bedroom 'plaything' raised its ugly head again!

Mark - The Shampan delivers again in my view. A good meal in reasonable atmosphere and, although no discount, is not as expensive as some of the 'all style, no substance' new brand of ruby houses. Chicken spring roll things to start very pleasant and the Lamp Pasandra for main was meaty and plentiful. The portion size at the Shampan is always generous so no worry about VFM in my opinion. Tim stayed for the whole meal and chipped in for last months no show. Only thing to spoil the evening was the journey home.

Brian - Another Brick Lane establishment living on reputation as far as I'm concerned. The service was OK; I discussed my choice of main course with the waiter and went with his recommendation. The problem was that the main course he delivered was awful - far too much sauce, far too little lamb, and what there was was as tough as old boots. Fortunately, I could not find someone to share my nan with, so I had sufficient to mop up most of the sauce, although it proved an overly expensive "bread & gravy". Beer OK, everything else average.

Dominic - Despite the feeble efforts at haggling by our appointed representatives we eventually sat down to what proved to be a most enjoyable evening. The service was good but more importantly we were finally among a "tribe of tottie" (or should that be a "plethora of punanee"!). I thought the papadums were by far the freshest I have tasted and my starter of King Prawn Puree was delicious. My main was the Thetul Tanga Bujon - not only was I relieved that I hadnít ordered a childís high chair by mistake but the lamb dish was indeed excellent. All the side dishes were tasty with the special rice just being pipped by the H&S as being the best Iíve had. All in all, this was an excellent meal and ranks in my own first place of those restaurants visited within the group!

Tim - The Shampan was fairly busy as usual,†but we didn't have to wait for a table. Cobra and Kingfisher were on draught, though I thought the Kingfisher had less taste than usual. The first batch of popadoms were soggy, but they were quickly changed when we complained. The accompaniments were the usual four plus a†pleasant coconut one. Mixed meat starter was OK; served on an unusual metal plate with separate compartments for the meat, salad, raita and slice of lemon. Main course of chicken shatkora was described on the menu as sour, which indeed it was - an unusual, and probably acquired, taste. Lots of good quality chicken though. Keema nan was fine as were the vegetables. Service was OK, though we had to wait quite a while for the food.

Jon - It may be down to my bad choice of main but this was my worst curry for a long time. On reflection, all the extras were good including a very nice keema nan, but the starter was average and served on school dinner type trays and the main, some sort of battered spring chicken, was tasteless, lacking in meat and otherwise disappointing.

John - Disappointing - just confirms that Brick Lane is no longer the place for good curry. King Prawn purree starter was ok (could have been more prawn) but the Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi was way too hot. The only redeeming feature was the availability of draft Cobra and Kingfisher.

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