Shapur Indian Restaurant

3.9
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81 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Pre/post Theatre
Good Vegetarian Options
Established since 1985, Shapur Indian Restaurant – which is located on The Strand - has earned countless accolades for its classic curries. Close to all of London's famous landmarks such as the River Thames, Somerset House, the National Theatre, and Covent Garden, Shapur is the favourite haunt of city lawyers, theatre-goers and business types who stop by for working lunches or early evening meals. Decorated with plush white linens, the restaurant has been recognised by the British Curry Awards and signature dishes include the Goan style spiced scallops, squid and mussels deep fried and simmered in a sauce made from onions, coconut cream, curry leaves and mustard; and the Gosht a la Nilgiri – lamb simmered with spinach paste, garlic, chillies and mint.
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.7
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3.7
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Poor tandoori chicken but everything else tasty and very accommodating staff.

DS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent with a good menu. The location is very convenient for that part of London and the prices were very good. The service was over friendly, which was initially amusing.

ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a lovely dinner. Exceptional service and the food was great!

B
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This is not the Sitar; the restaurant has changed hands and changed names. The currys are no where near the quality of the old restaurant. Avoid.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The name has changed , food was very good, though decor and service are mediocre

K
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

5 minute walk from the Savoy Theater; very good food and air conditioned which was a plus the week we were in London!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and fantastic for the Aldwych theatres. Manager was very friendly. Need to keep an eye on the service as waiters appeared tired and not overly good English. As a result we witnessed an autocation between a waiter and a customer that was pretty much down to language issues.

Not terribly pricey for Central London and gold menu. Advised to book at weekends and evenings as evidently theatres plus KC London plus Law Courts make it very busy.
Overall pretty good.

JW
London
29 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was good and tasty. Peshwari Nan was soft and fluffy. What really made our evening was our waiter who was cheerful, helpful with the menu, seemed genuinely pleased to have us dining at the restaurant, gave great service without being obtrusive and cracked a few jokes. Super evening. Thank you Sitar!

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely lovely restaurant. I booked it last minute and somehow they still managed to fit us in even though it was full. We had a brilliant spot by the fish tank. The restaurant has a lovely, cozy warm atmosphere and they looked after us well. Wonderful food and very friendly nice service. Would definitely go back.

LP
London
86 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sitar with a friend who is a big fan of spicy food. I have been to this restaurant four times now and again it was fantastic. The food has a great flavour to it, so it's not just heat and the portion sizes are good. The service is great and it's a lovely restaurant. I will definitely be going back some time soon.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Great service.

V
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere and reasonable food but not happy with portions of starters. Ordered mix and veg platter expecting to share... Got 3 individual items on each, which really wasn't appropriate for the price and concept. Was expecting to share them

I
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food - although watch for being asked to add a gratuity when paying by credit card when service charge is already included.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location for a pre theater meal. Food was excellent and at normal London prices i guess. Around £30 per head. Service was great and very professional.

LP
London
86 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Sitar in London with two friends for dinner. I have been here twice before and have so far never been disappointed. The food, service, ambiance etc were all great as usual. I will definitely be going back again.

CR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was amazing, staff were very respectful and gave us time to choose leaving us to enjoy our evening. This restaurant is well worth a visit, clean and food was delicious.

G
London
41 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent pretheatre meal.... will visit again!

h
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I have visited this restaurant many times over the years and the food remains consistently excellent. Everything on the menu is good but the curried fish is considered particularly good.
The service is friendly and the staff knowledgeable. I would recommend Sitar to anyone who loves curries.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Light, clean well presented restaurant with excellent food. Portion size just right. Easy walking distance to the theatres.

TK
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a shame I can only award five stars because Sitar deserves 10! While the service was impeccable and friendly, the food was simply delightful, light and exploding with flavor. Every bite was as though a chapter in a story. The chef uses a complex array of spices in a very creative fashion; I'm a foodie and have never had such an experience. My daughters and I celebrated my wife's birthday there prior to a theatre show...and we all walked away astounded by the experience. I'm from Miami and this restaurant alone makes me want to return to London soon. It was that good!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked last minute on a Friday and arrived a little early. The staff was excellent and immediately seated us after checking my wife's coat. The excellent service started immediately with a few free items follows by appetizers and spot on recommendations for main entrees and items to share. They were very helpful and attentive when my wife sharing she had never eaten Indian food. After dinner the waiter Uddin made further recommendations for dessert fruit. Then to our surprise Uddin served us a free after dinner drink Bailey's for my wife to make sure the hot spicy remnants were calmed and a nice whiskey for me. Then because we commented how much we liked the food the chef paid us a visit. All and all a great dining experience. Great Indian food and the best service we have ever experienced in Europe or for that matter the US.

B
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Sitar as it was close to the theater we were going to and we were not disappointed. The food was superb and the service perfect. We could not have asked for a better experience.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I felt the portion size was on small side but the quality was excellent!! Very efficient service.

M
London
29 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Nice food and kind staff. Off the beaten track. Plain but clean interior

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The restaurant was crowded when we arrived but once the crowds dissipated it was calm and quiet. The food selection was good with some dishes not part of the standard fare and dishes were well spiced. The staff were friendly but not always attentive even in the calmer periods of the evening. All in all, we had an enjoyable meal at a reasonable price.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was my second visit to Shapur. I had previously been there with my family for a pre-theatre meal in 2016. Hence the rason I booked it again for a reunion with friends.
We were very disappointed with:
1/ We had ordered Mango lassis and the first ones delivered were lovely. Hence we ordered some more but no ONCE, but TWICE they brought Lassis which did not taste right AFTER we asked them to take them back- The taste was as if it was off. They said they would not charge for these
2/We ordered Rotis, which we expected to be soft. They came hard and a consistency you could crumble, like Pitta bread that had been toasted for dips. We complained about this and they said it was cooked in an oven. In the end they said they would replace these with Naan, which came as expected.
3/They did not charge for the Rotis as they had promised but the Bill came with the Lassis we had sent back, charged for so we had to get the manager to remove these from the bill.
It's a shame as I had relied on the same service I had previously. I don;t know if the owners have changed.

J
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok (although the lamb samosas to start were really good) but service left quite a bit to be desired. It was like they couldn't really care less whether you were there or not. All in all probably won't bother to return - our search for a decent curry house continues.

o
Berlin
79 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Went here on a Saturday night and have to say was very disappointed. The waiter that we had for drinks was really strange - would stare and didn't really answer questions properly. He also couldn't take our food order (someone else had to do that).

Although this restaurant does slightly different dishes, I was very disappointed by the chicken korma (tasted a lot more like a chicken gravy from a packet) and the tarka dal (not very flavourful) overall. The special tandoor chicken masala was very good and worth ordering, but just found the experience disappointing.

Tables were nice and clean, and the ambiance pleasant until another diner - out of restaurant's control, started to play very loudly an Indian video that we could hear from the other side of the restaurant for about 10 minutes. Sadly the restaurant did nothing to ask them to turn it down and just ignored it.

Costs were reasonable for the food but can't really recommend going back

F
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for pre-theater, knowing only that we wanted Indian food, the place was listed in Rick Steve's book, and it opened at 5:30 so we could dine at leisure before walking 2 blocks to the 7:30 show. We ended up with a most excellent dinner and made friends with wait staff and owner - very personable in a quiet kind of way. Our knowledge of Indian dishes is just OK, but it allowed for a nice conversation that included a chance to sample a dessert we did not order - a show of courtesy returned for our interest in their food. A starter shared, 2 courses each, a couple glasses of wine and water, done for about 50 Pounds Sterling. For London and location, not to mention good portions of very good food, well worth it.

F
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We booked for 6pm but turned up rather early - before the restaurant was open. The only waiter allowed us in - very kindly - as there were 10 of us. He then tried to sell us a £20 pp sharing menu, when most of only wanted the £12.50 pp pre-theatre menu. There was a £10 pp sharing menu on display outside, but he eventually told us it was only available lunchtimes. Poppadoms were free. We tried to order some extra ones but he definitely had selective hearing. Most of us had the pre-theatre menu (2 courses) which was OK, but I wouldn't rush back for another visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2015
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really fast service with excellent food. This has to best the best Indian I have visited in a long time and the food was delicious and well presented.

JW
Norfolk
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideal before going to the Lion King. The six of us including a 10 and 13 year old enjoyed a delicious meal. The waiters talked to the youngsters and made them feel welcome. Indian classic menu and some specials.

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, good value and they don't add service charge which is a rarity these days.

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As a lover of Indian food I probably eat a curry 2-3 times a week (staple British diet these days!). Sitar Restaurant's food was excellent - full of flavour and a nice spice balance.
If complaining about the food (which is hard) I'd say the portions are too small compared with most Indian restaurants. As for the service the staff where ok but they seemed a little miserable. The place itself is nothing 'special' but that shouldn't take anything away from a great meal.
Highly recommend anyone looking for a decent India - proper Indian I may add!!
Will visit again!

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, good value & attentive service. Wonderful preamble to a night at the theatre.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience3

went with family friends. good food friendly staff

J
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Good restaurant for a bite to eat in the center of town if you are deliberately trying to keep away from the more 'up market' retaurants on the strand. Very tastey food and an interesting menu with some more unusual choices.

R
Nottingham
26 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good curry. Friendly and quick service and great location

BM
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice food without that greasy oil floating on top which some cheap restaurant's have.
Good for couples, nice music while eating, great staff!

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Dissapointed no special vegetarian dishes, only sides.
they don't seem to have registered any points on my account