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“Nice Indian buffett” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Shalimar Restaurant

Shalimar Restaurant
272 Duckworth Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1H3, Canada
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Ranked #76 of 289 Restaurants in St. John's
Cuisines: Pakistani
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Mix of Indian Food.
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“Nice Indian buffett”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

This was my second time trying the lunch buffet here and I must say it has improved compared to my first try last year. I'd say the buffet is delicious and is on par with its nearby neighbor, India Gate. It's nice to see some different dishes from India Gate as India Gate's buffet has little variation from day to day.
I don't think they have a real tandoor oven at Shalimar which is something they could do better on as it would improve their naan and tandoori chicken. I'd note that this is a small family run restaurant so it doesn't have much seating capacity. If you need something with better ambiance and service India Gate is the better bet in my opinion.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Yummy and authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

If you go and order off the evening menu, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Best chicken biryani in town, for sure! Everything is delish and all seems to be cooked fresh to order.

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“Good food, simple and cheap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

No, this place is not some posh place over-decorated with red velvet and such. There are Christmas lights on the outside windows, and vinyl seats. But the food is wonderful, the service was more than friendly enough, and prices were decent. Korma chicken for $14, Biryani beef for $15, etc. Lamb is pricy, usually $7-8 more than beef and chicken (which I thought odd. Would expect more lambs than cattle in a little place like Newfoundland.)

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing, if you know Indian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

We went to Shalimar largely because of the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We went after the buffet had finished for the day, and ordered from the menu. The young woman who served us was friendly enough, and the restaurant was clean and pleasant, but the food was a disappointment. We ordered the butter chicken, beef korma, and vegetable Jalfrezi, along with Naan, and plain Lassi. The vegetables were quite tasty and nicely (that is, well) spiced. The naan was a little on the tough side - perhaps left from the buffet? The butter chicken, normally a favourite of ours, was particularly disappointing. The sauce was tasty, but not spicy, and the chicken was sparse compared to the sauce. It also tasted as if it had not cooked in the sauce, but dropped into it at the last moment. The beef was more generous, but unmemorable. We had specifically asked for our food to be on the spicy side; it may be that St. John's tastes run to the very mild, but we found it barely spicy. If you don't normally eat Indian food, it's probably a good experience, but if you are used to great Indian food, you won't be as impressed.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Try somewhere else; you can find better.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Very tasteless meal. Place empty and rather cool service. Not recommended.

Visited July 2011
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