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I have been a regular at Shilpa for a couple of years now (see my review from 2008 below). It has proved itself to be pretty much unique among London restaurants in never varying from its very high standards, where others wax and wane. I was there last night and it prompted me to visit this site again to recommend it.
Do not be put off by the rather basic exterior (and slightly scruffy interior). Service is charming but can be a little haphazard. Just go for the food. Every foodie we send there is blown away by what this place turns out at ridiculously cheap prices.
I have noticed a good mix of people in there - locals, business groups from the nearby hotel and gatherings of South Indians looking for a reminder of home. Tends to prove its universal appeal.
Their grilled scallops are fabulous. Be bold and go for dishes you may not have heard of - the King Prawn Moilee is a thing of wonder, Erachi Olathiyathu (a dryish lamb curry) is a show stopper. Their fish curries are superb. If your courage fails they even do a version of Chicken Tikka Masala which is gorgeous.They will increase or decrease spice levels on request but try to go up to their level because their use of green chilli is a bit of a trademark.
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Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10
Wednesday, September 15, 2010