A deserved institution in Leith and further afield, Shapla has built a reputation over the years as one of the finest takeaways in the city, and it’s not one which they’re content to coast on. Bearing a strong Bangladeshi influence (the shapla is the country’s national flower), their speciality dishes are rich and distinctively flavoured, including a north Indian chilli garlic chicken with both heat and texture. The chicken tikka masala is definitive, creamy and filled with hunks of good quality meat grilled on a skewer, which are as deeply marinated as the excellent dish of whole tandoori chicken. Some delicately herbed breads are also a stand-out, particularly the spicy king prawn or chickpea puri starters, while fast and efficient service adds to the experience.
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
The ever-reliable Shapla is still going strong after 19 years serving top-notch Bangladeshi cuisine and regional Indian specialities. Chef Abdul Kabir makes a selection of traditional dishes from his homeland alongside accessible favourites, all prepared with fresh herbs and spices for a homely, different-every-time taste. Particularly recommended are the cheek-pinchingly hot North Indian chilli garlic chicken or the milder green herb lamb in a sauce based around tomatoes, peppers and coriander, while dishes done in the seriously hot tandoor are particularly strong. A spectrum of starters and sides includes everything from puffy puri to proper kebabs or you can round things off with sensuously sweet gulab jamon. Order online or pop in for service that's always smooth, smiling and punctual.
- Delivery: 50p within two miles; £1 otherwise
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options