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OMG! This Chana Masala has got to be one of the best we have ever tried. The texture perfected; the twist fresh slim "matchsticks' slices of ginger. So refreshing! The chicken vindaloo delicious and customizable by heat and spice.
Wonderfully spicy and flavorful - Favorite item on Menu
WOW!!! I cannot even believe that I missed this item on our many trips to Shalimar. Although we love just about every dish that we have tried, on our most recent to-go order, we decided to add this dish to our list of 'regular' dishes, such as Aloo Gobi and others. Having read previous reviews of this dish on Yelp, and having tried the dish for ourselves, I'm not really sure what the complaining was about...perhaps they had other expectations. Chicken "65" (wondering about the name) is a fantastical dish of well-cooked dark meat chicken with a glorious spicy mix of ginger, garlic and onions. This dish is very similar to Orange Chicken from a Chinese place, texture-wise, but way better flavors. This was the first time we had ever gotten Shailimar to-go, as it is our custom to either have the buffet or regular dinnertime menus. Due to the 'quarantine', I drove all the way up from Nipomo (because this place is worth it), and although I arrived about 15 minutes before opening, "The Boss" let me in to order and pay. This is now going to be our regular, once-a-week quarantine go-to place. Looking forward to dining in again, in the not too distant future!! Be well!
It was so delicious! Very rich and creamy with just the right amount of spice. The medium hot was not very hot however.
The paneer cheese normally tastes like nothing, which it should because its Paneer, but combined with the Tikka Masala brings it a lot of flavor. This wasnt the only thing I tried, but the Paneer was made nicely, and wasnt too soft or chewy. The Tikka Masala was nice and creamy, and gave a good texture, whilst also having an amazing flavor. I dont know if its because of the chicken but compared to the chicken Tikka Masala, it tastes a bit different, but still a great item to try.
This dish is super flavorful and decadent. We tried it with the Peshawari (nut and raisin naan)- the sweetness paired well with the rich korma sauce. Never disappointed when we visit, and the Owners are very friendly and accommodating!
Although everything here is good, the chicken biryani is my go-to. And it's large enough to split with someone else!
It's hard to pick just one favorite dish,but the Aloo Gobi is fantastic. The potatoes are soft, dish is savory, and it compliments so well with any of the curries and of course naan! Can't get enough.
I am not vegetarian but these were recommended and I am so glad that u tried them. Super creamy and flavorful. Also filling and I would totally order this dish again.
We love Shalimar! The food is always flavorful, hot and delicious. The staff is very friendly and always takes care of us. We highly recommend it! Favorites are chicken or paneer tikka masala, paneer pakora, and veggie samosas.
A decadent and savory sauce with mushrooms that are cooked to perfection. This dish along with steamed Basmati rice and delicious naan is my go to, on days when I need a quick pick me up.
Creamy, spicy, and just a little sweet. Perfect!
So delicious!! I love your Palak more than any other restaurant. So creamy and fresh. It goes so well with the naan. I can't wait to get more!!!
Shalimar has HANDS DOWN THE BEST CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA in California. I have been to may places but I call this restaurant my home. The lunch buffet is your best bet to try different menu items. It's so affordable that I feel I am robbing them! Seriously, go eat here. The best place to get Indian food in California.
Delicious, creamy, flavorful. Can't beat the butter chicken here! It is a must have every time we go here. Paired with their naan. You can't go wrong. Soooo good.
Nowhere else can you get this. It's so good. Went to shalimar with my in-laws and we went back for seconds. We tried a little of everything at the buffet, but the carrot halwa with a cup of tea, perfection!
I am obsessed with their Bindi!! I'm normally not a fan of okra, but I love the spices they use and the way they sautee the veggies. It's not slimy at all. It's fresh with a little bit of a crunch and so flavorful. If you're looking for something new to try, I highly recommend it!
The food and service here are amazing, the Monday special is the best deal on the central coast! We have been coming here for more than 12 years and it's always consistently great.
We tried the butter chicken last night and it was AMAZING! so sweet, yet savory at the same time..a perfect combo. We will definitely be coming back for more!
Shalimar makes the best naan. We love to scoop up the sauce from all the other dishes with it. It's very thin and flexible.
My favorite dish on the menu! It's mildly spiced, extremely flavorful, and always hits the spot! I could eat this paired with jasmine rice and naan all day everyday and be a happy camper :)
Shalimar has been my long-standing favorite for years - anything we order is absolutely great. The Pakora's are one of my favorite things - can't get enough. This family owned and run business is a wonderful example of how things run well. Lovely people, serving great food. Thanks Shalimar!!
Love, love, love ALL the food at Shalimar. I'm partial to Chicken Tikka Masala and Nan, my husband loves the Lamb Vindaloo and Palak Paneer. EVERYTHING is fabulous - you will never be disappointed with their food. Best Indian food we have ever had!!
WOW can not say enough about this food. I am from Chicago my favorite Indian Food India House... Never thought in California I would find a place that equals their food. I have tried many places from Central Coast to Palo Alto, this is the best I have had.
This is a great addition to any meal. Perfectly seasoned and all around a cozy flavorful soup.
This dish is so delicious! It's rich with a complex spice profile and hearty ingredients. The cauliflower and potatoes are cooked to perfection and covered in a great mix of spices. It's very filling and warms the soul.
This was a super flavorful and tasty fried rice dish! Nicely spiced, tons of chicken, plenty of vegetables, and it comes with a nice side of raita to cool your tongue off. And they give a nice serving of it too!
I've loved Shalimars for a long time, the food is great, and the buffets are amazing! And the prices good as well! But what sets Shalimars apart is the service, everyone is super friendly and wants to make sure you have a good time. At one point I was ordering through UberEats, when my driver cancelled the owner drove it to my house himself along with extra food. I will never stop recommending Shalimars to my friends. 10/10
I love this spicy along with rice and cheese Naan. This is my favorite food now. I want to eat it as often as possible. This is the best place to eat! Not only is the food amazing so are the people who work at this restaurant!
This dish was delicious! A great vegan option & super tasty when eaten with roti. Definitely will get again but will ask for more spice.
Simply delicious. The lamb curry is authentic and amazing. 10/10
So flavorful... you can see the spices in the sauce too. Chicken wasn't dry even though it was on the buffet line and was kept hot for a while.
My boyfriend and I been here a lot of times , we have been a lot of indian restaurant . This is the best indian restaurant ever. They served tasty and fresh meals. We meet our expections and the staffs are friendly and professional will be back here again and again! Thanks Shalimar!
So amazing! Had this (on the vegetarian platter) at the Thursday night farmer's market and absolutely loved it. Perfectly spiced and delicious. We are new to the area and will most definitely become regulars at the restaurant.
I came here for the first time just today and WOW! The food is so delicious! I had the lunch buffet, but really enjoyed the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Tandoori Chicken! The naan was amazing as well! I cannot believe it took me this long to try Shalimar...I will be back soon and will be telling everyone about this place! Thank you for a wonderful lunch!
Shalimar's gluten-free menu and especially your gluten-free naan is amazing! It is such a treat to be able to order from such an array of GF options and to even have GF naan to go with the amazing dishes. Thank you!
Love Shalimar's food! We always get mild chicken tikka masala and then try other dishes too. Very tasty and not too spicy.
The saag is delicious! I get it every time I come in.
The basmati rice does not stick together at all and is perfectly tender. It comes with some peas on top and little tiny spice seeds of some sort. It's really delicate.
Great flavor and texture to the meat. The potatoes are giant in it.
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