Randomness Guide to London - Differences between Version 16 and Version 15 of Shish, EC1V 9LE
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|Shish used to be a Middle Eastern restaurant on [[Locale Old Street|Old Street]] in [[Locale Hoxton|Hoxton]], part of a small chain. It [http://twitter.com/tiredoflondon/status/2423224754 closed down] in mid-2009. As of late 2009, [http://twitter.com/kristainlondon/status/6079357538 word is] that the new occupant of the space will be another branch of [[Busaba Eathai, WC1E 7DF|Busaba]].
||<b>Note:</b> As of June 2009, tiredoflondon on Twitter [http://twitter.com/tiredoflondon/status/2423224754 suggests] that Shish may have closed down, and indeed their website no longer seems to exist.
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The information below is retained for people who want to know what it was like as Shish.
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category='Cocktails,Free Wireless,Mezze,Middle Eastern Food,Restaurants,Vegan Friendly,Vegetarian Friendly'
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hours_text='Mon Fri: Shish 11.30am - midnight; Sat: Brunch 10.30am - 4pm, Shish noon - midnight; Sun: Brunch 10.30am - 4pm, Shish noon - 10.30pm'
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summary='Now closed; was a vaguely Middle Eastern restaurant in Hoxton.'
website='' website='[http://www.shish.com/restaurants/oldstreet.htm shish.com]'
opening_hours_text='Mon Fri: Shish 11.30am - midnight; Sat: Brunch 10.30am - 4pm, Shish noon - midnight; Sun: Brunch 10.30am - 4pm, Shish noon - 10.30pm'
phone='020 7749 0990'
website='' summary='Tasty and vaguely Middle Eastern food in Hoxton.'
Note: As of June 2009, tiredoflondon on Twitter suggests that Shish may have closed down, and indeed their website no longer seems to exist.
Apparently this is one of a 3-restaurant chain (the others being in Bayswater and Willesden Green).
The restaurant part is on the ground floor, and has glass-and-wood type decor. There's a long dining bar with tall stools, and plenty of tables, which are reasonably well-spaced for a London restaurant. Downstairs has a cocktail bar with leather armchairs; I think they have DJs down there some evenings.
The food is good and reasonably priced. There's a sample menu on the website. Plenty of veggie options, and some vegan options; although more in the mezze than the shish kebabs or other main course dishes. Pete felt that his halloumi and veg kebab could have had a few more pieces of halloumi, but I was very happy with my roast veg kebab. The mezze are probably a bit more interesting than the kebabs, but that's a common problem with this sort of restaurant (at least if you're veggie/vegan). I think that you'd be allowed to just eat mezze if you wanted, but am not sure.
Comment added by Bob: Free wifi. Menu not that cheap if you deviate from the meal deals. Staff friendly. Do takeaway. Can sit at a counter and watch chefs. Water on tap at counter. Has a special Christmas menu; three courses for £19.95.
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