History and Background:
Meal courtesy of Shampan at the Spinning Wheel. A restaurant that prides itself with fine quality Southern Indian food has been awarded a number of accolades in recent years. Notably winning British Curry awards in 2012, and Newcomer of the Year in 2013. I was lucky enough to visit its flagship restaurant in Westerham, Kent with Luxmmi. First opened in July 2011, it covers over 300 seat and a series of different dining areas most suited for events. Al Fresco dining, and cocktail bars also exist within this particular establishment.
Indian cuisine focuses on one important attribute – flavour
Unfortunately it was more than a 90 minute wait before we were served food. As this was a particular media launch event, there were a few late comers, (which may have been predicted given the remoteness of this location), this resulted in us having to cut our time at Shampan short given our tight schedules. Nevertheless I do thank the Shampan team for their hospitality and for the time and effort they put in to organising this.
Before our lunch, I chose to have ‘Almost Amaretto Sour’ mocktail, which consisted of Amaretto syrup, apple juice and fresh lime juice. It was far too sweet for me, as the bartender must have overloaded the glass with too much syrup, I think going forward, this drink would be received well if they increase the lime juice to syrup ratio.
Despite the slow start, the food here is spectacular. From visual presentation to the quality of the dishes. The fresh water king prawns were aromatic and meaty, a very appealing first dish to start off the day. I would have probably liked the shell if no-one else was around..
I wasn’t sure about the lamb gilafi, but I believe this was more to do with that it was such a foreign taste to me than anything else. The lamb chops were grilled stunningly and were full of flavour.
My particular main, pictured above would have been perfect if not for the tomato broth. The rice was cooked just right, and the red mullet was at a good texture, I didn’t taste anything chilli about it though. Unfortunately the tomato broth was not fitting for the mullet, or aubergine and this was a very strange combination. I don’t feel like tomato broth is particularly Indian either?
Luxmmi ordered the chargrilled cauliflower and loved it! The cauliflower and broccoli were grilled crisp but soft enough to ease the tongue, but the paratha was dry and over fried.
I am a massive fan of this particular Indian dessert, and I was ecstatic when I heard this was what was being served! See pictured below at the fine texture of the carrot pudding, a very original and inventive creation from Shaman to serve this in the form of a samosa. The chocolate chip mint ice-cream though, was sub-par.
The food at Shampan is served at such high quality, sometimes its difficult to find fault even when you want to. The best from Shampan was the carrot halma samosa, and the least favourite – the tomato broth with red mullet.
Service: A very hospitable team, friendly and engaging, and proud of their rich history with Bromley.
Bits and bobs:
- It is 30 minutes away from the nearest station
- Make sure you have a good GPS connection before setting off
- Really good for weddings and corporate events
- WIFI available