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Shampan

Liveridge HillHenley in ArdenWest MidlandsB95 5QX
Categories: Indian Restaurants
 
 
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Posted:
10:50 PM 24-10-2010
Such a shame
  1 / 10
I have lived in this area for years. I have known this restaurant through it's many faces (Little Chef, Pickles, Shaplan and Shampan)

After Shaplan closed down and this place re-branded as Shampan the quality and standard was pretty high. The atmosphere was good, the staff where friendly and attentive and the food was nice and fairly priced.

Over the last year or so it has become obvious that this place is struggling financially. Not surprising given that it is almost always empty.

Tonight I am sad to say I have eaten here for the last time. I'll go to the Naya in Henley High St. (or the Arden Tandoori or curry nation) instead. They are cheaper the food is light years better (I could go on)

Of late I have noticed that the food isn't exactly as fresh as it used to be. Tonight my step son ordered a King Prawn biryani and when it arrived at the table the whole restaurant filled with the smell of really rancid fish. We sent it back.

If that had been a one off, to be honest I would maybe (just maybe) cut them some slack based on how good they used to be (and because I live close enough to walk here); but it wasn't.

We've had black and soggy Okra, nan bread that was obviously not as fresh as it should be, flat beer (actually it's always flat so that's not new) The lemonade regularly gets sent back because it's just soda water. Cold food is a feature of the menu etc etc

Here's a fun game. Go there with 3 or more people and order different chicken dishes. Notice how ALWAYS at least 2 of them are the same dish... Actually, scrub that. Don't go there, ever it's terrible. Send people you don't like there whilst you drive past into Henley and have a decent meal.
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10:38 AM 05-02-2008
brilliant !!!
  9 / 10
a great place to visit if you want a good quality balti, iv'e not been for a while, and only been a hand full of times.

being an indian fusion resturant it has a slightly different approach to the average balti house, as in dishes,ingredients, and presentation.

but that said you can still get all traditional popular dishes, and if its not on the menu, i'm sure they will have it prepared for you.

i would advise you book before hand to avoid dissapointment, as its always busy, although iv'e only ever been on a weeekend, in the week may be a different matter ?

they say good things come to those who wait, and that would apply here especially when they are busy.

the poppodums are pretty much on the table straight away, but that doesn't really take too long to prepare.

the starters arrived in good time, but the main course did take a while, as far as i remember not all the dishes arrived at the same time, so there may be one or two of you waiting for your meals a bit longer than everyone else.

i would recommend it though, dont be put off by some of the points i have made, no doubt i will be back some time in the future.
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