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 Shajahan, Northampton
 Monday, 19 December 2005
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  also reviewed 24 January 2007
  also reviewed 21 February 2006
  also reviewed 22 November 2005

Shajahan is tucked away on High Street in Kingsthorpe Village so is the sort of place that would go unnoticed by most people. It was freezing cold outside and unfortunately wasn't much warmer inside. There was an air conditioning unit but the staff didn't seem to know how to switch it from chill to heat. Surprisingly for the week prior to Christmas, the place was empty when we arrived making us glad we had made a reservation. However, two other groups did come in later on. There was a widescreen TV playing Bollywood movies at the end of the restaurant, though music playing was not from the film, and the screen could not be seen from some seats due to large foliage in the way. The restaurant isn't licensed but they do allow you to bring along your own drinks, which PhilS kindly supplied in the form of ice cold Cobra. It was nice to see 660ml Kingfisher glasses provided.

It was the usual yardstick for starters. The onion bhajis came as a pair of large discs which were slightly crisp on the outside but soft inside whilst the sheek kebabs were very crumbly and quite spicy. Both were accompanied by a salad containing strips of red chillies which added an extra punch.

It was one of our usual mixtures for our main course. SteveB's Chicken Dopiaza had plenty of chicken pieces, which were generally quite large but not too dry. There were also plenty of large onion chunks, in a thick tasty sauce. IanD was glad to see the return of the tongue tingling, lip sizzling, ring stinging Chicken Pathia of old, whilst PhilS thought his Chicken Dhansak contained generally well cooked chicken in a reasonably spicy sauce. These dishes were accompanied by keema nans all round. The consensus was despite them being fairly thick bread, they were still soft and light, with crispy edges and inside was plenty of well distributed keema. Although SteveB thought his was a bit too oily on the top for his liking.

Shajahan is a new restaurant and certainly made a good impression on us, if only they could work out how to use the air conditioning. The food was of excellent quality and very reasonably priced - our overall bill was less than we have paid individually in other places (although you have to remember that this didn't include any drinks).

The Scores

Food4.5
Service4.5
Ambience2.5
Value5

Which gives an overall rating of 4 bhajis.

DishRatingBy
Chicken Pathia4.5IanD
Chicken Dhansak4.5PhilS
Chicken Dopiaza4SteveB