Dhabas are highway restaurants (and rest places) found all along Indian Highways especially in Central and North of India, they offer wholesome, simple food and extra strong chai with enough sugar in it to take the weary drivers until their next stop. The overall experience is so authentic that many dhaba styled restaurants have popped up in the cities although most fail miserably in offering an ambience or the style/quality of food. Shamuras is as close to a dhaba experience one can get in a city (although it is not not trying to be one). The ambience is basic and the food has all the robust indian flavours including the extra dollop of fat. The rotis/phulkas are hot, fully puffed up and is served continuously until one indicates a stop to the waiter. I am quiet sure that the owner has his masalas ground fresh and does not use commercial, ready mix short-cuts.
Do not let the non-descript exteriors turn you away, this property has a legendary past, it was once the famous Hotel Salisbury that had Africa's largest swimming pool, the dis-functional remains of which still exist. Shamura's one is not to be missed for anyone seeking an honest, authentic Indian meal that sans pretensions.
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