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“Bad food. Terrible service.”

Shalimar Tandoori Restaurant
Ranked #1,045 of 1,480 Restaurants in Oslo
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Description: Større pakistansk mat- og vinhus i Konghellegata ved Carl Berner/ Sinsen. Den 20 år gamle restauranten er rikt utsmykket og lokalene rommer 100 sitteplasser. Foruten tradisjonell tandoorimeny fra leirovn, er curryrettene Garlic Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Korma og Mutton do Piazza blant anbefalingene fra Shalimars kjøkken. Restauranten har også stor vegetarmeny og takeaway og arrangerer gjerne selskaper.
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Bad food. Terrible service.”
Reviewed June 24, 2011

We visited the Shalimar on Sunday at 6 pm. We had movie tickets at 9, but did not tell this to the waitress. Something we regretted in the end of the visit.

Other visitors inside the restaurant was a Pakistani family and a couple, in addition to us. In the neighboring room to the restaurant, we had a feeling that it was arranged a wedding - which may explain why the service was slow this Sunday. But we were never told by our waitress if this was actually the case.

First of all, it took 20 minutes from when we came into the restaurant until we got to order. Then, when we had ordered, we sat for 1 hour and 30 minutes (!) without getting any starters. One member from our table went to the staff two times (we didn't get in touch with the waitress and actually had to walk over and approach them) and eventually asked to get the two starters served concurrently with the four main courses. Five minutes later we were served two starters and two main courses.

After also receiving the last main courses, we concluded that the Lamb Korma was not Korma. But with no time to send it back to the kitchen. Finally we had to leave the "Korma" because it was so crazy over-spiced. The Butter Chicken, however, was completely tasteless.

The conclusion was that we just had to eat our half bad food and ask for the check - which was met by a giggle from the waitress who wondered if we should leave already (even though we had stated this on the two previous occasions).

The bill however, showed very different drinks then we had ordered, and the waiter (we gave up the waitress) insisted stubbornly that it was Korma we had eaten (it was not!). Thus: no discount, no apology, no service, and bad food.

Complete failure! My worst restaurant experience ever.

  • Visited June 2011
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“very, very disappointing”
Reviewed March 2, 2011

Don't usually go out of my way to critizise a restaurant, but Shalimar is really not the place to go in Oslo. In short: curries consisted of oil and food colouring. The staff made poor excuses for not giving our money back, claiming they have "no limit vindaloo" customers that demanded the kind of food they just served us.

  • Visited June 2010
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“WORST INDIAN TAKEAWAY OF MY LIFE!”
Reviewed July 11, 2010

I have travelled India, lived in London close to brick lane, lived in New York, and now Norway for 3 years. This is by FAR the worst indian I have ever had. I ordered 800kr worth of food here for a party and when we opened it, had to throw EVERYTHING away. Everything contained red food coloring and nothing but OIL, no REAL indian spices, and it made us sick!!! When I called to complain furthermore, for my money back, they were incredibly, incredibly rude. They said I couldnt handle "madras" spicey-ness, which is what I asked for, but it wasn't the level of spiceness at all. There was no FLAVOUR but oil, food coloring and chili! I asked them if they've even BEEN to Madras (chennai)!! I felt totally scammed and angry and on a mission to ensure no indian lover will EVER support this terrible place.

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“Bad atmosphere - excellent food. Take...”
Reviewed March 29, 2010

Bad atmosphere - excellent food. Take away recommended

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“Not bad, but nothing special. Very handy for take-outs if you live locally.”
Reviewed March 7, 2008

Not bad, but nothing special. Very handy for take-outs if you live locally.

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