Seattle >Food & Dining > Shalimar Restaurant
1401 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.658314 -122.313180
Neighborhoods: Northeast Seattle, Northeast, University District
Signature dish disappoints – I didn't get the delicious spice separation of flavors on their signature dish. Nice atmosphere. Nice staff...just mediocre dish....Next time I'l try another
Best Indian food in the NW – The food here is consistently good and the portions are large enough to be had for 2 meals. Their service, too, doesn't dissapoint. Their prices are pocket-friendly and the ambience is comparable only to that of an upscale restaurant.
Excellent for a date, family outing, or group gathering.
Keep up the good work!
Great Indian food at affordable prices – I have been going to Indian style restaurants for years with my family. I stumbled upon Shalimar about a year ago through one of my co-workers and we have made it our choice of lunch spots ever since.
The service is incredible from the moment you walk in until the moment you walk out. Combine that with the variety of food selection at an affordable price and you have a winner already. To top it all off, the atmosphere makes you forget that you are in the heart of the University District.
I advise going during lunch to take advantage of their Penny Pincher menu. Have a good meal!
Great Halal food – Excellent halal food. I would loove to eat there.
My Favorite Indian Restaurant in the NW – Indian cuisine has always been one of my favorite types of food. The unusual spices, fresh naan bread, and rich desserts are what attract me to it. From my experience as an Indian food "connoisseur? I have found that most Indian restaurants are about the same in quality. Thus, they are never terribly bad, nor particularly exceptional in food quality, service, or restaurant environment. There are two restaurants that come to mind that do not fit this pattern. They are ?Shalimar? and ?Cedars?. Everyone seems to rave about Cedars but honestly, it is just as good as Shalimar. In fact, Cedars costs a bit more, is terribly overcrowded (to the point of annoyance), and apparently, is run by a rather unpleasant man who does not treat his employees with respect. The food at Shalimar tastes just as good, and does not come with all the negativities listed above. My personal favorites are the tender lamb vindaloo, zesty garlic naan, fruity mango lassy, and of course, for dessert, the rich rice pudding. On top of the amazing food, Shalimar has a truly beautiful interior. Peaceful music, traditional Indian decor, and pleasant staff make for a great experience. Honestly, I believe I am addicted to this restaurant. I bring my friends here, treat people to dessert on special occasions (more so to treat myself), and cannot survive one month without going here. Considering that I am a poor college student who takes great consideration when paying more than $7.00 for a meal, that?s saying a lot.
Delicious! – I frequent Shalimar based on its proximity to my office. Their lunch menu is great, and reasonably priced. I think the dishes they offer are outstanding. I always find the staff to be kind and hospitable. After moving to a new location just up the block from the old one, I find the environment to be great - beautiful wood, a calming fountain, etc. With the abundance of Indian restaurants in the U-District, these are the reasons I select Shalimar over the others.
The only trouble I tend to have is the inconsistency in the level of spice in the dishes. I tend to enjoy my selections quite hot, and from time to time, I find they aren't quite hot enough. Granted, it's never been to the extreme where I felt the need to send it back, but a more consistent level of spice would be appreciated.
Beautiful Atmosphere!! Great Taste!! – this restaurant is gorgeous!! it sets the scene for a perfect meal. there is even a waterfall inside the restaurant! The decore and atmosphere take you to another place. the food was Scrumptious, they use just the right amount of spice too, so that the food is full of unique indian and pakistani flavor! i order chicken japuri all the time, i believe its one of the many amazing didhes on the menu. As a matter of fact i've tried most everything on the menu; everything has a unique flavor. Thier drinks are also very good too, like the mango lassi, which is a thick smoothe like drink, has a burst of mango flavor that is very quenching.The service was great too! They were very attentive and got the food to the table in a perfect amount of time! overall eating at this restaurant is an adventure to somewhere else, a party for your taste buds, and so much more!
bad food, service is even worse & they tried to scam on the bill!!!! – We found this place because they advertised in the Entertainment book. We read their menu outside and some things looked really good.
We were promptly seated and ordered garlic nan. The nan came out before they even took our main course orders! They finally took our food orders and then our food seemed to appear almost instantly, which made me suspect they had those dishes ready under a heat lamp. My 2nd reason for thinking this is that I asked for my dish not to be spicy, but it was so spicy that i could not eat it and it made me ill. The waitress would not come to our table for over a half hour so I went to the front and spoke with the host. The chef eventually came to our table and proceeded to yell at me, telling me I had no idea what the food was supposed to taste like. Everyone around us in the restaurant seemed embarrassed at the chef's display and two couples next to us left before ordering.
Many times throughout dinner, because it was so spicy, I needed water. The waitress would walk right by with the water pitcher in hand, and even look at me and my empty glass and move on by. I felt like I was living back in segregation times. I eventually got up and walked to the entrance of the kitchen and filled my own water up from the table set up there.
After dinner and their refusal to comp. the food that I did not eat because it was too spicy, we had to wait 45 minutes to get our bill. When we got our bill it had our entrees on it, but they were listed as 5$ higher than the menu said they were, EACH. Also, they added an appetizer that we didn't oder. When I informed them they said it was the right bill until I got upset and said I wasn't going to pay. They then took a 'closer look' and said it was the bill for the next booth. I looked over at the next both and the two people there hadn't ordered yet. When we finally got our bill they didn't add the Entertainment coupon and we had to wait another 30 minutes while they did that.
service leaves a lot to be desired – And other than that, I have no qualms. The last couple of times that I ate at this well-decorated establishment, I've had to wait for quite a while for everything from a server, to a straw. I must say though, that when my server finally arrived (and I've had the same one for the last couple of visits), she was pleasant and sweet. I enjoy the garlic naan as it's thick and doughy with lots of flavor. Sometimes burnt, but nothing that I can't look over =]. Also the vegetarian eggplant dish is just so spicy and flavorful. This business is a definite must-try when you are in the U-District area!
It's good – We've been to shalimar many times. I think that the service is pretty good. Love their curry. The chai is also good. This might sound weird, but I love their rice...they have the best rice in my opinion. The restaurant has a pretty good atmosphere...their music is cool.
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