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“Not Vij but delicious nonetheless”
Review of Shanik - CLOSED

Shanik
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Mercer Island, WA
Level Contributor
86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not Vij but delicious nonetheless”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

5 of us had dinner on a weeknight at 6pm. I was surprised we could just walk in and get a table with all the press about this place. the meal was delicious and the service was excellent. the highlights were the lamb lollipops, beef ribs, beef and lamb kabobs, veggie samosas and the two desserts we had- rice pudding and custard (?). Since this restaurant is related to Vij in Vancouver and has many of the same menu items, it is impossible not to compare. Vij is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced and Shanik is very good, the best I've had in Seattle. We spent about $40 per person with 7 drinks for 5 of us plus tip.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank eloisemonett
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English first
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

If you love Indian food you will be happy here. Great food excellent service. Maybe not the ambience of its sister restaurant in Vancouver, but a close second

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Lethbridgian
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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Finally we made it in!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We have tried twice to get into this upscale Indian Fusion restaurant in the newly revitalized South Lake Union area of Seattle, and were told there would be a 2 plus hour wait both times. So-o-o-o we decided to get there at 5 pm for a 5:30 opening on July 3, and there was No One waiting. We pushed on the door and found it open so went in to see if we could wait inside out of the heat. They couldn't have been more gracious, and even brought us glasses of water that they kept filled. We were delighted to watch as they put the finishing touches on the dining room which is beautiful and large. Several different people asked if we were doing OK and if we needed anything.

Then exactly at 5:30 they asked if we wanted to be seated even thought our friends were still in traffic. We agreed and were ushered to a lovely table and given more water and a delicious cup of Chai tea which was seasoned very differently with cumin and fennel and heaven knows what else to enhance the usual rich sweetness of Chai.

Our friends arrived approx. 5:45 and then everything began to happen. It was wonderful! We ordered delicious and unusual appetizers and entrees and everything was exactly as they had described it. Amazing and exciting.

We will definitely be here again to sample everything on the menu!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank cellostravelin
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Tumkur, Karnataka, India
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Well maintained place”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We went to Shanik to celebrate the anniversary of Sis-in-law and Co-brother. This was a very well maintained place. We were greeted by friendly staff and were given some tasty pakodas and good chai (Indian tea).Both of these were on the house. We ordered the following-1.Kale, jackfruit, cauliflower, and potato curry with roasted almonds
2.Roasted eggplant and butternut squash with black chickpeas
3.Marinated and grilled chicken with creamy saffron curry. I liked the chicken item. However I did not like vegetarian dishes. All these dishes had a western touch to the Indian cooking. The Roti’s were again on the house.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank DrPrashanth
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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

On a business trip to Seattle, I found out about Shanik's. Loving Indian food, I was anxious to try it. My colleague was familiar with Vij in Vancouver and was also ready to try this off-shoot.
The food lived up to my hopes and the service was on point. Teams of servers interacted seamlessly; food was delivered in a timely manner and plates were cleared as soon as a knife and fork rested together!
Cocktails were interesting and complimented the great food. The servers are very knowledgeable and can answer your questions. All the dishes we tried were really good and so much better than the typical buffet fare many expect from an Indian restaurant.
Reservations aren't an option here, we arrived early-ish and were seated right away. If there's not a table right away, there is a bar where you can wait.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank lqdenver
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