After hearing many positive reviews regarding the establishment from acquaintances I decided to introduce Shalimar Cuisine of India on a Friday. It’s not uncommon to find an Indian curry in a takeaway restaurant, but this? It’s a completely unique experience. It certainly did not fail to delight.
The moment I stepped inside Shalimar was an experience that felt strangely familiar. It was like I was back in that tiny cafe that I found during my India journey some years ago. The rustic décor, vintage Bollywood posters and the hum of Lata Mangeshkar’s oldies playing in gold tones playing as background music gave me an experience that brought back memories from the old days.
The table we sat at was an elderly gentleman who was probably from 70 to 80 years old and was seated to eat. We discussed Shalimar and he told his acquaintances that the place has been his favorite Shalimar since the very first time it was opened. “Their masala chai,” the man told us, “reminds me of my mother’s.” He realized that this was his first time he had been to this place, so the restaurant owner suggested that I test The Lamb Korma. Was I able to refuse?
Each bite was delicious. Samosas were freshly made and tasted like mint. It was exactly how I remember street food vendors in Mumbai. Dal Makhani? It’s a delicious meal that’s full of flavor. The most delicious feature is the lamb korma according to what some of our hosts recommended. The tender lamb chunks were cooked in a rich thick gravy. It was like cooking with grandma in the kitchen’s back making an effort in the preparation of every dish.
It’s difficult to find a place serving Shalimar cuisine of India at the moment. It’s an area where food is as rich in stories and their flavor. After we’d eaten our food it became less of an eating spot, and more of a gathering for friends and food was an intermediary between everyone. If you’re seeking genuine Indian food and a great conversation You’re in the right spot this weekend.