The Shahi Nan Kabab – Southall

56 High Street, Southall

The famous Shahi Na[a]n Kabab – so famous, in fact, that it has five branches alone in smelly Southall (three of which are literally within a brisk 30 sec walk of each other).

Can’t figure out the logic in that; but given that they’ve survived up till now, they must be doing something right, huh?

These bunch of pendos (villagers) have left the decor unchanged (and uncleaned?) since the 80s at least.

We also reckon the cutlery being used might be from the era too. This place is unique in every bad way possible, and yet it works so who cares.

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So what’s all the fuss about? Well, tighten your chuddies and head over for the best chilli sauce you will ever taste.

You heard us: CHILLI SAUCE. We can’t think of better chilli sauce.

Having said that, however, we do distinctly remember the sauce being thicker, i.e. not as watery, and chillier back in the day.

Similarly, there’s an issue with the length of the kebabs as we again recall them being longer than they are now. This watering-down of what everyone we’ve ever spoken to agrees is their signature dish (if sauce can be called a dish), as well as the short kebabs, are all the hallmarks of kanjoosi-ness (stinginess).

Nonetheless, still darn tasty when eaten fresh there and then.

Large Shahi nan kebab in fresh nan with extra chilly sauce and garlic sauce.

Large Shahi nan kebab in fresh naan with extra chilli sauce and garlic sauce.

The tandoor naan and kebab is brought alive by the sauce. It’s really hot; so if you can’t take your chilli, you might want to add some garlic sauce.

And always go for the tandoor naans (above), not the others. Oh and tell them to add extra sauce if you’re really congested. But be warned, your backside will be on fire… though its all worth it.

The rest of the menu should be avoided like the plague. Old rice that’ll be reheated, and chicken curry with more oil than curry.

It’s the best naan kebab in the business; the menu is value for money; it’s a great lunch time snack; and its legendary status will keep it preserved for generations to come!

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In all, this is a classic old school place whose reputation precedes it. Tales of Shahi Nan Kebab have been passed down from father to son. If this is the best naan kebab (and it is), then take your entire clan and have it fresh off the stove. You won't be disappointed. As to the best of the five, then old timers will tell you it used to be the original one "On The Bridge". But times change and so do people - for us, it's the small one next door to the police station.
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Shahi Nan Kabab Original – Southall Railway Station, The Green,  Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4AA. 020 8574 0560

Shahi Nan Kabab Original – 56 High Street,  Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3DB. 020 8571 6395

Shahi Nan Kabab – 59 High Street,  Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HF. 020 85710 777

Shahi Nan Kabab – 88E Northcote Avenue, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 2BA.

Shahi Nan Buffet – 88 High Street,  Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3DB. 020 3917 9267

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  • I love this place. Its all about the sauce, I agree.

    14 Aug '14
  • Awful place, the kebabs are pathetic, still I go back. I also get the donor chicken.

    18 Aug '14
  • Been coming to Shahi Nan for many years since it started out as a small hut on top of the station and seen it continue to grow while still delivering great food.

    If you are in the market for authentic Pakistani/Indian food then this has to be on your list to visit.

    Don’t expect a restaurant, this is still very much a canteen. You are given your dinner quickly, without fuss or attention to presentation.

    1 Sep '14
  • I’m sorry but what is up with the size of their kebabs? They are less than half the size of what a normal one ought to be yet charge close to a quid each. Scandalous!

    14 Dec '14

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