When I first entered Shalimar Cuisine of India I was greeted with instant warmth, not only from the warm and welcoming staff but also from the smoky fragrance of spices that filled the space. As a long-time enthusiast of Indian cuisine, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting numerous restaurants including street food sellers in Delhi to the most luxurious dining places in Mumbai. However, nothing has done justice to the essence of India as Shalimar did.
What is it that makes Shalimar unique? It’s like coming home. For someone who grew up listening to stories about my grandparents’ adventures in the kitchen across the subcontinent, stepping into Shalimar was like listening to the tales. From the rich Punjabi meals that evoked my grandmother’s kitchen to delicate aromas of Kerala my grandfather often boasted about It was all there.
The first thing I tasted was Paneer Tikka. The delicious softness of the paneer with the tangy marination took me back to my childhood barbecues. The Goan Fish Curry? A stunning blend of coastal flavors that brought me back to my trips to India’s western coast. Being a vegan, I was blessed with choices thanks to the huge variety of vegetarian delights.
What struck me most was the authenticity. The chefs in Shalimar aren’t just chefs and preparing food; they’re artists, who are preserving the traditional techniques which have been passed over generations. Clay ovens and handcrafted grinding stones, all show an enduring respect for the past. However, there’s a modern approach to the presentation, which makes every dish an eye-pleasing experience.
Since I am a huge fan of desserts I could not resist the Gulab jamun. The golden orbs that were soaked in syrup melted into my mouth. And the Kheer? It’s as warm as a cuddle in the bowl with the aroma of saffron and cardamom sweeping across.
The dining experience at Shalimar isn’t only about filling up your stomach, it’s an experience. It’s about the stories told over a bowl of biryani as well as the laughter heard over samosas, and memories made with each bite.
To conclude In the event that you’re trying to understand the heart of Indian food, make your way to Shalimar Cuisine of India. There, each dish isn’t just food but part of India’s vast tapestry. For me, I’ve discovered my Indian culinary paradise. We’ll see you there.