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“All the best curry houses in one” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Shad Indian Restaurant

The Shad Indian Restaurant
96 Tooley Street | London Bridge, London SE1 2TH, England (Southwark)
+44 20 7407 2777
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Ranked #3,068 of 17,052 Restaurants in London
Price range: $23 - $38
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Southwark
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“All the best curry houses in one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I hope the people behind Shad, the Indian restaurant on Tooley Street near Tower Bridge, don’t take offense at being labeled an ethnic dump. I mean it in the best of ways.

Actually, it’s not a dump. Somebody here spent way too much time on the décor to call it a dump. The result of all that effort makes Shad’s ground floor dining room look like the venue of a multi-car pile up, if every car were carrying a powder keg of indelible dye.

This intense interior strangely sets the tone for the rest of the experience. This time, the smash-up is on your plate and on your palate, in the form of colour, heat, texture and flavour. For me, this is one of the best Indian restaurants in London.

I know. London has more Indian joints than I will ever visit in a lifetime. Among them, everyone has a favourite. The curry house for a night out with the lads. The curry house for after that night out. The curry house for visiting relatives. The curry house for adventurous tourists. Etc.

Shad is all of these restaurants, sometimes all at the same time. It’s a mixed 'hood, SE1.

I may never be able to convince you. But the lamb sikandari will. So will the butter chicken. As will the jalfrezi. You will never see a puddle of oil on a plate. You will never be served a broken poppadum.

You will, however, see the hands on your watch spin around quite a bit. The service at Shad is slow in a way that brings to mind glaciers, or the movements of the tree-dwelling sloth. This is problematic, for it is difficult to indulge or forgive slow service. Just don’t go there if you’re in a hurry. In fact, don’t go if you have to arrive anywhere promptly afterward.

Just go.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The restaurant wasn't full, so it wasn't a problem to get a table.
The food was really good, but the waiters were way too eager to clear away all the dishes.
Even when the food is delicious, but when you are rushed to finish your food and drinks, we couldn't fully enjoy it.
It's a shame because it has a really good atmosphere, and great location.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Curry on way back from Twickenham”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The boys and i stopped off on our way back from England Italy at Twickenham on the recomendation of my eldest.

We recevieved a really friendly welcome and a big pile of mixed papadoms. Along with the usual chutneys etc was a fearsomely hot pakistani salad - really good.

For starters we had a mixture - the marinated prawns with garlic are fantastic. Also very good the marinated chicken and a kebab that really tasted meaty.

For mains they have a very wide selection - not your usual curry house fare. Although they do have some regulars at the back of the menu. The boys had the lamb shank it was excellent with the meat just falling of the bone and a tasty but mild spice. I had a Tamarind and Chicken curry which was very good too.

We had the usual naan, bargee, rice etc mixture and these were all fine.

Drinks were cobra.

The service was very friendly and efficient and the overall decor clean and modern not at all like your traditional flock wallpaper job.

Definately worth a stop if you are over this way.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Food was good, but the service could do much better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Overly the food was delicious. Would really recommend the lamb dishes and maybe the papadums. The mango chutney and the mint sauce for the papadums were excellent, but unfortunately I saw something that I wouldn't order this dish again. we haven't finished this yet (still 3 whole papadums left), but the main courses have already arrived and before we knew it. The waiter just took the sauces for the paradums away without asking us whether we still needed it for the paradums. I saw him taking the sauces away to a corner near the till, so we requested the sauces back. And this caught my attention. I kept seeing the waiters taking all the sauces for the paradums to this corder in stead of the kitchen. And when they needed sauces for the paradums, they would take these from this corner to the new customers. Not sure whether they will refill them whether they are significant seems empty, but the one we used, was put away into that corner and then ended up to the table next to us. It was exactly how we left it and without any refill.

And the waiters were way too eager to clear away all the dishes. One of them even cleaned all what was left in one dish into my plate, because he saw me as last spooning some into my plate. It wouldn't be bad if all these dishes weren't shared. Others might want some too.
The same was with the bottles of beer. Each guy ordered a bottle of beer and one of them drank significant faster. So the waiters kept refilling his glass with all the bottles of beer on the table even after our friend told him not to fill his glass, but also the others. But once you told him so, another waiter did the same thing again.

Food was good, but the service could do much much better. Even when the food is delicious, but when you are rushed to finish your food and drinks, you couldn't enjoy the good food no matter how tasty it is.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Top Banana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

From the second we walked in we was greeted and seated with big smiles and professionalism from every member of staff. The decor and atmosphere was just right. We started off with peppers stuffed with lamb and Sheek Kebab which was perfect, not too heavy but left both of us wanting more, so we chose Khala Lamb Bhuna and Mirshi Massala for main, if theres a dish to that i would recommend and have again it would be the above 2 dishes.WOW. This resuarant deserves an award for its quality. 100% and 5*****.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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