Shalimar: Showcasing the Best of Indian Cuisine
A new Indian eatery – Shalimar Restaurant has joined the Surrey fray for a place in the upper castes of the city’s Indian dining scene. Located in the prime location of a busy shopping corridor, the emphasis here is on northern Indian (Goa and Punjab) cuisine. Mr. Singh is the force behind Shalimar Restaurant and has 28 years of solid restaurant experience. He has perfected the food business model – create dishes of rare brilliance, provide exceptional service, and make the surroundings stylish without being stuffy. Shalimar Restaurant has a light, simple air to it – the understated, mute grey tones – provide a tranquil type experience, so the focus remains solely on the food.
The aroma of curry tickles the nose at as you enter, beckoning Lower Mainland diners to enjoy Shalimar’s delightful fare which includes everything from sumptuous appetizers, naans and kulchas that are stuffed with paneer, cheeses, or mixed dried fruit to the culinary adventures within their Portuguese influenced vindaloos.
Concoctions of curry sauces make the restaurant’s main dishes come alive. The meat dishes are delicate: chicken and fish under a cloak of cumin and cayenne are enlivened by cilantro, over a seat of fresh turmeric; lamb is amped up with ginger and garlic. Singh’s philosophy of spices is that they should not be eliminated, but at the same time, they should also not overpower the food. “I want customers to taste the main ingredient. I want them to notice the subtle layers of flavour.”
The menu has an intriguing surprise, the vegetarian dish – spicy baingan bartha (roasted and curried eggplant). Pale in color, but not in flavour, the dish has become a house secret and has earned Singh the irrefutable name recognition of curry cognoscenti. Try it and the other myriad of vegetarian options like zesty mattar paneer or dal makhani – they will coax even the most ardent of meat lovers.
Need to wet your whistle? Begin with a cool Shalimar cocktail, with kitschy names, like Indian Affair and Mango Squeeze you will feel like you have been swept away, Indian-style. A global wine and beer list pairs well with the well-flavoured dishes.
110-7322 King George Blvd., Surrey, BC V3W 5A5