Shalimar Restaurant - Authentic Homestyle and Affordable Indian Foods

Certificate of Excellence:MAY 2011, Shalimar RestaurantBy TripAdvisor

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The Shalimar  Restaurant is a new addition to the restaurant of St John's, offering you exotic South Asian Cuisine. We are committed to provide fresh and tasty food in a fine dining environment      
 Authentic South Asian Cuisine:
We serve fresh food and real taste of South Asia. Best quality and unbeatable prices in the city. We specialize in outdoor catering for special occasions such as office parties, weddings, receptions & house warming. We offer special rates for parties. We also do Home Delivery.(Certain Condition Applied). 5% Discount for Students.
 Karl Wells Says:
Spiced-up buffet is reasonably priced 
 Shalimar
272 Duckworth St.
Ph. 237-5100/2377501
Shalimar is a garden in Lahore, Pakistan. It was built in 1641 and, apparently, is quite something to see. Shalimar - the garden - is very formal, with literally hundreds of marble fountains, manicured shrubs and trees. If you visit, let me know what you think.
Meanwhile, for much less expense, you can visit Shalimar Restaurant on Duckworth Street (in the former Just Desserts premises).
Opening in November gave Shalimar just enough time to get established before the St. John's summer visitor hordes arrive (well, hopefully hordes). The owner, a very polite, reticent man named Imran Riaz Dar, told me business has been a little slow of late but that he is "hoping it will pick up soon."
 
I'm quite sure it will. It's hard to beat a delicious home-cooked fresh Indian-Pakistani buffet lunch at approximately $20 per person (taxes in, including tip).
 
We arrived at Shalimar's noontime buffet not knowing what to expect. I hadn't even been inside the building before.
 
Guest and I found a relatively small (seven or eight tables) restaurant filled with the aroma of pungent Asian spices. Shalimar is family run and appears to have been put together on a family budget. Garlands of bright yellow artificial flowers were wrapped around a couple of posts in the room. Economical clear glass vases containing more artificial blooms decorated each table, along with attractive tablecloths.
 
Inspiration
 
The flowers and no doubt some of the pictures of trees and flowers displayed around Shalimar were meant to remind us of the restaurant's inspirational namesake. A buffet table toward the back of the room was loaded up and ready to go with that day's offerings. We quickly shed our overcoats and filled our plates.
 
The buffet features five dishes daily - chicken, beef, vegetable, lentils and rice. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Shalimar's dinner service runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 8 P.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m.
 
They also have a take-out menu featuring 35 items, including student biryani with chicken, beef or lamb at $8.50. Under certain conditions, students also get a break on Shalimar's outside catering - a five per cent discount.
 
Our lunch began with two different soups. The tomato dal soup was thick. It obviously contained tomato and lentils but, as with most south Asian-influenced food, it was a little spicy, no doubt from chili and ginger. Coriander and especially cumin permeated this soup.
 
At the same time, we enjoyed a chickpea soup. It, too, was redolent with garam masala or a similar blending of spices. By the time we'd finished, there wasn't a stain left in either bowl and only a crumb or two of the complimentary basket of naan.
 
Koftas
 
Malai kofta is a dish of veggie balls served with a mild, slightly creamy curry sauce. The flavour and texture of the balls depends on the type and proportion of vegetables used. Shalimar's also contained chickpea flour.
 
The koftas and their fragrant sauce were delicious. Basmati rice, coloured with bits of shredded carrot and green peas, made a good background for the heavily flavoured sauces.
 
Shalimar's buffet offered a superb beef curry. It had plenty of beef - succulent chunks of rump or other stewing beef braised to a perfectly tender consistency. The flavours of onion, garlic, paprika and Asian spices were well developed. It was my favourite of all the dishes.
 
The tandoori chicken pan contained a variety of chicken pieces, the result of chopped whole chickens. Some parts were meaty while others (backs) contained more bone than meat. I favour dark meat, so I selected a thigh. It was well-spiced and moist, although I suspect it was cooked in a regular oven and not a tandoor.
 
Shalimar's vegetable dish was extremely flavourful, so much so my guest absolutely raved about it. It contained baby corns, broccoli, carrot, green beans, onion and a variety of seasonings.
 
For dessert, the buffet offered kheer, a cool, clean, fresh-tasting rice pudding. It, like everything else we tasted at Shalimar, was quite good.
 
I had one quibble. A wider beverage menu should have been offered. Shalimar is not licensed to sell alcohol, but there are a number of imaginative non-alcoholic drinks that might have been included on the menu.
 
Rating:
 
**
 
Price:
 
Buffet lunch for two with tea, tax and tip: $40 (approximately).
 
Best Points:
 
Food, service, ambience.
 
Areas for Improvement
 
More beverage options.
 
Sound level:
 
Low.
 
Wheelchair Access:
 
No.
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SUSAN AND RUSSELL Says:
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE EVER TO HIT ST. JOHN’S IN INDIAN FOOD, THE QUALITY , QUANTITY, NOT TO MENTION THE PRICING CANNOT BE TOUCHED, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, THE OWNERS MAKE YOU FEEL SO WELCOME, INDIAN FOOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVOURITE FOOD, BUT SHALIMAR’S SPIN ON IT MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, THE SAMOSAS ARE THE BEST EVER!!!!
HIGHLY, HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAB!!!! FOOD

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