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“Locals Secret”
Review of Shalimar

Ranked #1,554 of 5,712 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
322 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Locals Secret”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Staying nearby and walking down the street, I saw a truck unloading real mesquite into a restaurant and checked it out. I lived in Pakistan for 2 years and have worked in India. This place is like eating in Peshawar, or Lahore. Just walking in the door and smelling the aromas was a trip. We had take away of chicken tandoori which as so moist, smokey, and succulent I was immediately taken back to the North West Frontier. Spicy enough to leave my lips tingling for 5-10 minutes after finishing. Just the sauce from the Chicken Murghi Korma was a meal by itself, with nice big chunks of bird. Plus Naan and Basmati rice, all for less than $20.00

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Leslie T
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Still great”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I went to the Shalimar about two years ago on a visit to SF - coming back it is still just as good - the hotel I was staying at described it as a hole in the wall - probably accurate but don't let the decor put you off - the food was very good and very cheep - brain masala is still "Today's Speciality" - I still haven't plucked up the courage!

Visited March 2013
Thank leaddisc
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Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Go there for the Grill and Naan But Skip Curries”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The grill is the best in the US- no doubt about it. The naan bread is excellent. Also had their goat karahi- terrible. The tea is free, the cost dirt cheap. Apparently for 5 dollars, you can have a grill portion of chicken, a naan and a small portion of daal (split pea lentil) for a very decent meal at an unbelievable cost. With the kind of money you pay, do not expect classy service though the service is not impolite. Must go for grill.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank jogijogi99
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great food for a reasonable price”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

Not much ambiance, but the food is very good. Always full. Great for vegetarians and meat eaters.

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Thank Tribolo
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