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Shalimar is a GREAT Restaurant!!! And no it's not a "Pakistani restaurant serving Indian Food"...it's a Pakistani restaurant serving GREAT Pakistani food. Indian food is too spicy and can give you an upset stomach. Shalimar and most Pakistani food for that matter has been easy on my American stomach and I LOVE it!!!
Reviewed: August 2008
I have to diverge slightly from the main review: Shalimar is not a crummy place with good food; Shalimar is a crummy place with GREAT food. The decor and presentation are lacking - though I was intrigued by the Brit-Pak soap opera playing at lunch time. However, I think that the food is the best Indo-Pakistani fare I've had in Northern Virginia, and perhaps anywhere in the US where I have eaten the food of the sub-continent. The lunch buffet offered daal, chickpeas, saag paneer, and best of all, sublimely spiced whole okra. There were three meat dishes - all chicken this day. The spicing for each was different, but in all cases was incredibly well done. Not mouth searingly hot, the spices were remarkably fresh tasting. Most revealing was the tandoori chicken, which too often in the US tastes simply like chicken you've cooked yourself in a Weber Kettle. The tandoori chicken at Shalimar had been well marinated, and presented the best mix of chicken, charcoal grilling, and Indian spices I've tasted. Truly remarkable. The meal was also served with a whole round of freshly baked naan bread. If you like Indian and Pakistani food, you've got to try Shalimar.
Mike Egan, Alexandria, VA
Dislikes: Bailey's Pub