On one hand, I can’t believe that I haven’t written about Shalimar yet, as it’s been firmly entrenched in our rotation of favorite restaurants since I moved here. We had asked Nick’s good friend, who was born in India, where was the best Indian in town, and he named Shalimar first.
On the other hand, I have always ordered the exact same dish every time. It’s just so good, how could I risk getting a dish I liked even just a little bit less?
Indian cuisine offers numerous vegetarian options, and Shalimar is no exception. I just hit the jackpot with their Nav Ratan Korma. As the online menu describes, it is “cauliflower, potato, green beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, green peas, & carrots sautéed in creamy sauce with cashews and raisins.” Like most dishes, it’s served with basmati rice.
We do vary the appetizers that we order. The vegetable pakora, as well as the samosas, are great if you come in hungry, as these themselves can fill you up. If we’re hungry but not starving, we often get an order of the spinach naan.
As his entree, Nick almost always gets the Dal, which includes lentils, chickpeas, and kidney beans with spices. For a long time he was ordering it without ghee, the Indian butter, but ever since he tried it with, there’s no going back.
When you order, you can tell the server the level of spiciness that you’d like; I go with medium, while Nick prefers mild, which he says is still full of flavor. We once overheard a non-ethnic Indian gentleman order his dinner “hot…and I grew up in India” so that he could get the real deal.
For dessert, we like to split an order of kheer, or rice pudding, to cool down our palates after the rich spice of our entrees. Even if you don’t have a lot of room left, it’s a small enough dish to take just a few bites to bring things back to neutral.
A few other notes: Of course, there are many non-vegetarian dishes available at Shalimar. There is also a lunch buffet, which is a great option if you want to try samples of many dishes (or for all-you-can eat naan!)