Wine Tasting @ Vagabond Spitalfields & Curry Feast @ Sheba, Brick Lane

As with any night it should begin with wine. So before dinner me and Ranveig went in search of a cheeky pre drink. By chance we stumbled upon a cute looking wine shop, filled with people and lush candles- so in we went to investigate.

Vagabond in Spitalfields market is a super cool wine bar with a pay and go vibe. They give you a wine oyster card which you top up with cash and you then have free reign of 100’s of vinos on the walls. My idea of heaven.

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There was soooo much choice and obviously (as I’d never come across these fancy labels) we were clueless. Luckily the staff are amazingly friendly and lend lots of wine connoisseur’y help. As well as a few cheeky free samples.

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I didn’t want to put this awful pic up but it pretty much sums up how excited I was at supping all this grape juice. Like a hamster on speed.

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So you whack your card in, choose your size and guzzle.

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There’s lots of seating up and downstairs. We parked up at the window. They do nibbles too, I saw a lush cheeseboard which I could of easily nabbed, but no, we are eventually making our way to Brick Lane (must resist). 

 

Fuelled up with booze, we were ready to eat. A hump day curry is defo in order. We headed to the lane. If you’re not from London, Brick lane is basically half a mile of back to back curry houses. Guys stand outside and try to tempt you in with deals and bargain prices- it’s great.

We headed to Sheba. It was packed, always a good sign.

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Obligatory poppadums and chutneys. My fave bit. Also more wine.

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For starters we liked the sound of the sizzling prawns but they only came as a main, but they kindly made a smaller portion for us. Huge butterfly prawnies tossed with fresh chilli. It’s getting hot up in heeeere.

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Alongside we chose some chilli paneer. Ranveigs veggie ways are slowly turning me. It was soft and squidgy with great flavour.

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For mains we had  king prawn and coriander in a aromatic sauce with green chilli. Hot hot hot- delicious.

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We shared mushroom rice and a sweet pashwari naan.

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I stepped out of my tikka masala/ jalfrezi comfort zone and went for this bad boy. Recommended by the owner, a methi chicken noorani. It was worth the risk. Marinated chicken swam in a thick, rich spicy sauce. Just yum.

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More saucyness came in the tarkadaal, infused with garlic. Great for naan dipping.

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You can’t beat a good curry night and Sheba definitely delivered with tasty authentic food and friendly service.

They even boxed up our leftovers for lunch the next day so i could re-live the gorgeousness all over again.

We finished our eve back at the wine shop to guzzle our remaining balance on the wine card. Or Wi’ster if you will (wine+Oyster- no?) No, ok.

 

I was invited by Sheba on behalf of Bookatable, however all comments are my own. 

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