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Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth SY23 1LH, Wales
01970615015
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 34
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 25
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  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We've been using Shilam for years. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's not. Totally depends on the chef I think. We came on Thursday 12th and it was the worst we've had in years. So much sugar in everything, and no spice at all. I literally couldn't finish it. If there was any better option in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2015
timeforwines
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Quite a nice atmosphere and professional service, but the food was disappointing. The buffet contained a set of take away quality dishes, a burnt starter of what seems to be potatoes and a rubbery naan. Overall even for the reasonable price.

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Begelly, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Service was extremely slow and there were only three other diners at the time. My wife and I had different curries served and both were dreadful and sent back. The replacement meals were no better and the head waiter asked if all was okay now which we obviously said it wasn't. After some questioning it turned out that the meat... More 

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1 Thank Mel60m
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

We've been using Shilam for years. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's not. Totally depends on the chef I think. We came on Thursday 12th and it was the worst we've had in years. So much sugar in everything, and no spice at all. I literally couldn't finish it. If there was any better option in Aberystwyth then we wouldn't have... More 

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Thank timeforwines
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Having visited this restaurant on several occasions, and having had good food and service, it was dissapointing to see that the standard of service has collapsed. The food was still good, although the poppadums were probably the worst we've ever had. The service though was bad, as if their regular (Bengali) staff had deserted them. Replaced by students, inexperienced and... More 

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1 Thank AG1953
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant was pretty busy but we were really disappointed with the service. My husband and daughter's curry arrived, after a little wait my husband's rice arrived but we had to ask for my daughter's rice, then they bought the wrong rice so by the time it finally arrived, her curry was cold! Her Pilau rice did not taste right... More 

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1 Thank Denise T
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

We visited this place twice when we had a long weekend in Aberystwyth, all I can say is how delicious the food is, the staff were helpul especially the young ones who were taking the orders etc, it took a while for us to decide what to order as everything on the menu sounded delicious,we'll definitely be back to try... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil County, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I went to this restaurant with my son. The food was excellent. The staff were attentive but not obtrusive. The menu was varied, and the place including toilets was spotless. We will definitely go there again.

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Thank Katesaram
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I went to the restaurant on a busy Friday night and the restaurant was full and noisy . The takeaway section of the restaurant was also extremely busy. The restaurant is normally quitter and the airy restaurant is normally very nice place to eat, however on this evening was quite rowdy. However I would not knock down the restaurant .... More 

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Thank Davies619
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

We popped in for lunch on a Monday in October having seen the lunchtime special advertised on the blackboard outside. For £7.95 we had a mixed starter, a main, rice and a naan each. The meal was very tasty and the service was good. As Arnie says, we will be back!!!

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Thank David H
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is the best British Indian restaurant I have ever visited. The food is excellent - never too greasy like most places. The staff are reasonable. A few qualms though. The decor is a bit lacking, and very occasionally the food was a little watery or the meat overcooked. I went almost weekly as a student and I can assure... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth SY23 1LH, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Ceredigion  >  Aberystwyth
  • Phone Number: 01970615015

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children

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