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Sheba (Restaurant)

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136 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Banglatown, Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
Cuisine: Indian
Tel: 020 7247 7824 | Email to Sheba | | Transport: Liverpool Street | Write review

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Top 10 things you need to know about Sheba restaurant:

1) You know when you go to a restaurant and they take your chair away because they want you to leave so they can have your table? No, you probably don't, actually.

2) It happened to me four years ago. Dark day. Where? Brick Lane. Needless to say, I’ve never returned to any curry house along London’s infamous stretch. Until now.

3) I was nervous. I'd brought Blu-Tak. For the chair. The intoxicating whiff of spices as I turned into East London’s home of curry – Bangladeshi and Indian cuisines cuisines dominating – only sent my butterflies into further frenzy. Imagine the effect of a Vindaloo, BEFORE digestion.

4) We all know curry houses run riot on Brick Lane, as do their proprietors, who prowl the pavement on full lure-alert. It's not for the lily-livered, or the short-fused. You have to take a deep breath and leave the fire to the chillies.

5) My destination was Sheba – and I can confirm it has restored my faith.

6) It bills itself as the 'Queen of the Brick Lane curries’. I concur. Dishing up since 1974, it invites you to make it your home for a 'good Indian curry'. And I think I will, thanks.

7) Sometimes, only an old-school ‘British’ Indian curry will do (you know what I mean). There must be Bhunas, Baltis and Tikkas aplenty, served in familiar silver dishes followed by piping hot flannels that turn limply lukewarm faster than chairs disappear.

8) But it's nice if there's a smattering of more exotic dishes to satisfy you if you aren't purely set on re-living your studentdom. Sheba surprises. You can try Adrakwala Murg, chicken cooked with ginger, lemon and garlic, and Shofri Ghust, melting soft lamb with pumpkin. But naturally, alongside a garlic nan, framed by poppadoms and chutneys, if you wish.

9) You'll sit here and remember why you love a good curry, self-indulgently cuddly; the onesie of food.

10) You'll remember too, that Brick Lane's pretty special. It celebrates a pocket of London's longstanding patchwork community, and deserves its place on the tourist map. But it deserves a flag on the natives’ map too.
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Customer Reviews for Sheba

Average (based on 11 votes): 11 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I came here following reading reviews online and nothing seems to match what i read online! this makes me believe most of the reviews are either written by the staff or owner to increase its rating. food full of artificial colours and tasteless. Service was the rudest ever encountered and the place was filthy.”
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Danny, London (1 years 10 months 28 days ago)

“The food quality was good but the quantity of the food was not enough. You pay everage £14 for a single dish and the food is not really enough for one person. I paid more then £14 for chicken and got six cubes of chicken with big pieces of tomato and onion. Moreover, no salad or sauce was served, very limited choice of soft drinks. We have to eat again from takeaway after dining at Sheba. They need to increase the quantity of the food. Service was good.”
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Mrs Khan, Dagenham (2 years 5 months 28 days ago)

“Went for a meal at Sheba with family after reviewing the review on this website, loved the food the service was excellent really friendly waiters. Over all a lovely evening.”
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reshma uddin, london (3 years 8 months 6 days ago)

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“We booked a table for 8 people at Sheba and were really happy with everything. The service was good, nice atmosphere and above all the food was delicious. I really loved the lahori lamb which was soft and tender and hot. Worth a try.”
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amy, London (4 years 7 months 19 days ago)

“The food is delicious, I really loved the chicken tikka bhuna naga and the pilao rice. Nice service and good value for money.”
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Mandeep, London (5 years 3 months ago)

“A nice little restaurant in the heart of Brick Lane. Sheba does some of the tastiest curries in London. The lamb shank just delicately falls off the bone and its delicious. The Pilaou rice is piping hot and nice and fluffy, the peshwari naan is perfect. Sheba is a great place for indian food lovers.”
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Simone Sinclair, Lodn (5 years 4 months 20 days ago)

“Excellent food. The most amazing mixed grill in Brick Lane. Those lamb chops were just perfect. Worth a visit if you like your curries and a cold cobra beer.”
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Robinson, London (5 years 5 months 13 days ago)

“The food and service was good at Sheba, we booked a table for four people and all of us enjoyed our time. The fish dishes were described as authentic by the waiter, we tried the boal fish fry and it was very tasty and spicy. Its worth a try!”
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Amy, London (5 years 6 months 20 days ago)

“Tasty curries, great service, and lovely atmosphere make sheba one of the best curry places in London.”
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Ruby, London (5 years 9 months 8 days ago)

“I love this place nice vibrant atmosphere, great service, and above all the best curries in London. Its got a rather extensive menu but sieve through it and you will discover hidden gems.”
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Bryan, London (5 years 9 months 11 days ago)

“Great food especially the lamb lucnow and chicken tikka bhuna,the service was warm and price very reasonable. Sheba has done well and is one of the better brick lane curry houses.”
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Joy Hartley, London (5 years 9 months 13 days ago)

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Sheba Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm Friday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm    

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Sheba Food & Drinks

Sheba Food Menu

Sheba is a family run restaurant and only uses carefully sourced products from the local groceries. The menu caters for meat lovers, fish lovers and vegetarians. Since 1972 Sheba prides itself in providing great food which is cooked daily, fresh and full of flavour. Visit London has described Sheba as "the queen of brick lane curries". There are some amazing dishes such as the Lamb Shank Curry, Lobsters, and authentic Bangladeshi Biryani.

Updated 20/02/2012

Sheba Drinks Menu

Sheba has an extensive drinks menu serving all popular beers like Cobra, Kingfisher, Tiger, Carlsberg, Magners. It has a very good selection of red and white wines and champagnes.

Updated 20/02/2012

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Sheba Hire Details

Sheba also caters for private party/function room, seating capacity of up to 50 guests and thus welcome bookings of all kinds. The function room comes fully equipped with digital plasma screen and DVD

Updated 24/11/2011

Name: Lounge
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 2000 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 50
Notes: Sheba is available for exclusive hire of the restaurant lounge seven days a week.

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