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“"Wonderful Birthday(s) celebration"”
Review of Shezan

Shezan
Ranked #139 of 634 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Shezan stands on the 1st floor along a narrow passageway off the famous Oxford High Street. The premises are in use as dining rooms since 1915. No. 135 dates from the early eighteenth century. It is a grade ii listed building built c. 1679.
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
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“"Wonderful Birthday(s) celebration"”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

My girlfriend and I celebrated our birthdays at Shezan back in mid February and they made us feel very welcome. We almost took over the whole place (excellent size for a get together of our size - 25 people). The planning was great from Saleem the manager - he tailored a menu for us and ensured the whole day went smoothly. His team did an excellent job with serving 25 people (just 2 waiters - many restaurants and pubs could learn a lot from them - no one was kept waiting and the food was excellent and not in short supply). All the staff were polite and friendly and we were given 2 birthday cakes which made our day extra special.
Many of our guests commented on the great food - and some people local to Oxford said they would return - and were previously unaware of the place - a truly hidden gem in the centre of Oxford.
I have been to Shezan a handful of times in the past - so by no means a regular - but the waiter always remembers me and is very friendly - when I have been before and they have been busy it can take some time to get served - but the atmosphere has always been good so that has never been a problem.
In short all restaurants should be like this, great food, excellent service, and an owner and team who care about what they are doing...

  • Visited February 2013
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Oxford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely food, worth the wait.”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Visited Shezan for the second time in about a year. The first visit was by chance and so nice we chose to go back. The place is cosy and friendly with nice decor. The staff were very friendly and the owner/manager very chatty and hands-on; keen to please and get feedback! Yes, it is a little pricier per dish than you would usually expect to pay, but the food is really superb and it is a City Centre restaurant (Oxford property is expensive). As it says on the website, they cook their meals from scratch rather than making changes to the same base curry sauce like many restaurants. We were waiting for just over half an hour for our main, but the restuarant was quite busy and it was definitly worth waiting for! The chicken jalfrezi was quite different to what you would normally expect, with a green sauce, but was very tasty and very flavoursome (and hot!). The shrimp curry was loaded with shrimps and also very, very tasty and well spiced with a pleasant hint of chilli. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Penster101
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lovely unique dishes”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I dined here recently and really enjoyed the experience. It is small and tucked away upstairs but has a great ambience. The food was great with some truly interesting and unique dishes. Service was unhurried and just right. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a cold January night.

Visited January 2013
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4 Thank Tim757
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Indian Food in Oxford”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Tucked away in the center of Oxford, Shezan offers great food, great ambiance and an accommodating staff who ensure you have a great time.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank Gaston R
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“"From the Royal Mughal Indian Kitchens"”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Shezan's on High Street, Oxford, is a nice place to wander to for a taste of Indian cuisine. I had my first ever taste of the Samosa and Pakora and was not disappointed by the hand-made treats. The food is fresh, made with real value ingredients (not to mention, real saffron) served with a selection of sauces, but most of all, the atmosphere is oriental and welcoming. Let yourself be tempted with the curry smell in the air, and try it out if you're feeling adventurous!

  • Visited January 2013
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