Good old Mughlai cuisine
I had tried to eat at Shalimar suring the Ramzan times, but could not do that as the restaurant was overflowing and people were waiting everywhere. On 5th April, I went to a meuseum near Byculla and thought this might be a good chance to taste and test this place.
I went to the upstairs AC area, and surprised to find that it was 90% full. The waiter could show me a table. That table was meant for 2 persons, but way too small for more than 2 dishes. I ordered shami kabab with rumali roti, and mughlai chicken with tandoori roti.
The shami kabab was just awesomeeeeeeeeeeee. I had never had such great shami kabab apart from the Hazratgunj area of Lucknow. It blended well with the rumali roti.
Mughlai chicken had so much oil that I could cook my entire months food with that oil. The taste was good, but they would really be helpful if they can do away with all those extra oils. It was a huge turn-off for me to see that above the gravy, there is a 3-4 mm layer of oil floating.
Overall, recommended highly.
Decent, value for the money
On the weekends this place is really full. We had to wait for ten minutes to get seats. Maybe it was the Sunday evening rush, but we had to wait a considerable amount of time to just to place our orders. So if you are especially hungry and need a quick meal, avoid going there on weekends during peak hours.
We ordered tandoori chicken for the starters, which was very ordinary. Once you have finished off the top crust the fleshy parts were chewy and dry. The other starter - chicken 65 was even worse. So we didn't have high hopes for the main course, but the Karhai Gosht was surprising good. Mutton pieces were well cooked and the gravy was tasty. Chicken biriyani again like most dishes here was ordinary. The best part of the meal was Falooda and shahi Tukra. It was the one of best Shahi Tukra and Falooda I'd ever had. Worth coming back just for the starters. I guess I'll give this place a second try on an afternoon on a working day.
Good Palce for Good Food
Was here on Sunday with my family for a family dinner. It is a big joint, well maintained and spacious. We started with crispy Chicken which was great and nice we then ordered Raan Chilly rice which was just great we did not have to order anything else after that. We had Shalimar Flooda which as usual great. Our entire Family actually enjoyed the evening with the good food. We keep visiting this place frequently and will keep continuing. The chaats served by them are also good specially the basket chaat after having that a person cannot ask for more
Mughlai treat at its best
I stumble upon this restaurant through my brother in laws. The restaurant is completely grand with endless seating capacity.
the aroma, taste, flavour, real indian spices and colors are just unforgettable.
endless menu with hundreds of dishes and preparation. I am getting short of words to decribe the food here.
its a must place for fooooood lovers. I just love this place especially during ramzaan month.
awesome food for family, friends, treat or party. Ambiance is bit crowded because of its irresistible food and demand at peak hours. Dish may be served bit late but worth waiting.
go for it.
Try the Raan
One of the cleaner and better places near Mohd.Ali road where you can go for a good Nawabi fare. Situated inside an old building which has small and big interconnected rooms just like Old houses. The Raan Tandoori is the full leg of mutton slow cooked and also served with Masala. This dish is what makes me want to go back to Shalimar quite often. have it with Roti or Rice and polish it off with a bottle of Thums Up and firni at the end. The rest of the food is OK. Also be prepared for long hours of "NoMobile Network" Inside.
I am sorry to say but not so happy... :( :(
Okay, so I go to this restaurant with my bro to have dinner on account of Rakhshabandhan. Since we both had a craving for biryani, and we being new to South Mumbai, one of my friend suggested me this place where I can have real good biryani.
The moment we enter, there is a lot of hustle bustle inside the restaurant and it took us a while to spot the service guy who could help us with some place to sit and somehow we did manage to get a table for two without any assistance.
Now starts our real time experience here. So the person who comes to take our order is absolutely clueless as to what the dish is all about, as to whether it is spicy, medium or with bones, without bones and stuffs like that. However, we order a dish clueless as to how it'd taste and how the spice level would be. The starters that we ordered for was OK and not that great. Thereafter we jumped to the main motto of our visit to this place and thus ended up ordering for a Mutton Biryani. First of all we were disappointed by the service and to top that the mutton biryani which had come was almost cold.. And about the taste,, trust me I am still trying to figure out as to how exactly it was.. :(
Overall, it just spoiled our night and we thereafter had to compensate with some other desserts from some other shop.
P.S: Possible that we mightn't have placed the right order, but whatever we ordered for was definitely not worth the price that we paid.. :'( :'(
Wish we had stayed away!
We paid the Shalimar a visit after many years. We went upstairs to the A/C section, where the ambiance is quite average. We were greeted by unenthusiastic staff who seated us near a service room entrance (with a transparent glass door). While we waited for our order we could see the unhygienic and careless antics of the staff in the service room which was quite off putting (in retrospect we should have walked out at this time). The food arrived fairly promptly but it was quite bland and unimpressive, and we had to remind the waiter for the complete order to be served. Half way through the meal we saw a mouse scamper across the top of the split A/C which was the final straw........so we settled the bill and left hastily.
It is a shame, because this used to be a good restaurant.These are the facts.....decide for yourself. However, we will never be returning to this restaurant again.
Every time we visit, their chilly chicken gravy and tandoor roti is a must have. Tastes best when eaten hot! Reshmi kebab tikka, chicken tikka biryani, chicken fried rice, paneer chilly dry are really yummy too.
The chicken cheese sandwich and the shawrma's a really nice too!
Shalimar special falooda with shalimar ice cream is the best among all the options available. Just the ice cream is really good too.
Good quick service. Except the waiting time occasionally during dinner time. But they make sure you get a table as soon as possible.
The family room's is a really good concept. It accommodates a huge family and give you privacy.
Love the place.
bad food - unreasonably priced
their low standards are now showing on the no. of patrons coming in.
last night i saw the entire 2nd hall vacant which used to be a rare sight for this place.
their food has lost the taste... esp. tandoori chk is way below the mark...
i ordered seekh kebab.. and they charged 200 bucks for 4 seekhs...
normally a meal for 2 at this place was just around 400 and now it comes to 750 and tat too this poor taste... they need to look in to this .. or some new place is will surely come up soon with better food in this area...
Rates in the Menu shown in the website is too old
I love the Chicken Lollipop.
Advice to Writers of the review.
Just concentrate on the taste of Food & not any thing else.
Hotels are meant for Eating & not Entertainment.
If you really want good staff with best behavior then better go to 5 Star Hotels.
Restaurants are made for Eating so just concentrate on it.
One of the Best is now WORST
The Staff/Waiter and Food year by year are going down....... Food tastes less tastier every time we went and now they have hired Bhaiyyas who might be working on cheap salaries so they dont have manners to talk and behave...... A very very good place is now fading its repu by time........
This Place is Pathetic
Shalimaar its nothing the food over here is tasteless and the service is very poor and the way in which reply is given by the staff and the way they talk is senseless. If the BURRP certificate is given when the food taste was same which I experienced then the person who gave the certificate is a fool please take the accreditation back they don't deserve it. Bad Experience and Baste of Money.
They don't deserve a single star also which I had to give to post my review
Good Food but have to work on Cleanliness
The Mutton Biryani is the best in Shalimar and I have been there several times just for eating the same. The Tandoori & Kebab items are also very delicious and they also serve Indian Chinese Sizzlers which were also very good. There is a mad rush at all hours and there is also a special ac waiting room. But the last few time I have gone, I have seen baby cockroaches walking on the wall next to our table and once on the table itself. When I told the waiter he said "Apne aap chala jayega". I can understand that because of the constant rush cleaning and pesticide is not always possible but they have to get it done at regular intervals so that we can come and enjoy our Mutton Biryani.
For an Avid Foodie: Average, Normal Eater Awesome
My Review explains Exactly how this Restaurant is..... This very old restaurant situated in the most crowded places in Mumbai has somehow lost its charm, The famous old "Tandoori Chicken" is drenched in Red color and doesn't taste that good anymore.... I hence mark it down on "Quality", The gravy I ordered was too less in quantity as well so I would mark it down on "Quantity".... Not extremely "Pricey" but the taste lacks the OOmph factor..... Its not a bad option if you are in the "Bhendi Bazaar" area but I would not come all the way to visit this restaurant.... which I do frequently in the city for some Awesome restaurants....
Going from gud 2 bad 2 worse - still a 3 star now
Guys, have eaten at this place umpteen times. Yes they do have certain dishes whihc are unbeatable, but to be honest it is more abt the name and almost nothing about the food now. The latest experience I took was in the royal seating arrangement ( Dastarkhwaan)that this restaurent provides, the food was just passable.....still one can keep going back for Mutton Hungama, Prawns Hungama, Shawarma and the falooda. Everything else that we get there....is just abt okay.
1 OF MA FAV N MST FREQNTD RESTAURANT....
THIS IS WAT WE DO.... ME MY BRO N MY MAMA GO HERE AT 12:30AM N ORDER THE SPECIALITY OF DIS PLACE.....
"CHICKEN CHILLY WITH BUTTER ROTI" (THOUGH A WIERD COMBO TRUST ME 1NCE U EAT IT U WLD FIND URSELF CUMING HERE AGAIN N AGAIN N AGAIN.. SO DO I...)
THE KEBABS ARE GUD TOO BT NOT XTRAORDINARY.... AND PRICES ARE QUITE AVERAGE TOO.... WE ALWAYS GO LATE AT NYTE WEN I STAY AT MY NANNY'S PLCE... I AM A BIG FAN OF D DISH I MENTIONED ABOVE EAT IT TO UNDERSTAND.. HAVENT TRIED NETHIN ELSE SINCE I GET FULL IN D FOOD I ALWAYS ORDER MENTIONED ABOVE... M PLANNIN TO GOOO IN A FEW DAYS TIME... :-D
MY RATINGS ARE PARTICULARLY ONLY FO THE COMBO I MENTIONED....
Food here rocks!
As I enter the Shalimar restaurant, I see the place packed with people everywhere and still more flocking in. I advise you to book your table before you land here. For the first time have I ever seen a waiting room in a restaurant! Even as I stood just outside the waiting room asking the waiter to find me a table, I found myself surrounded by naughty and crying kids, their mothers screaming at them and the fathers busy requesting waiters to book a table. Man! Its noisy with decibels reaching to a point of irritation. The waiters seem to be perpetually busy but their service is pretty fast and tolerable waiting periods for the food to arrive your table. I must say, most waiters at Shalimar display good competence in terms of communication and leadership skills.
Here comes my waiter to direct me to my table, he led me from one room to another room to another room, for a moment I felt if this long walk would ever end. This indeed is a big restaurant and can accommodate around 100 people at a time. The never ending crowd pouring in itself speaks of how famous this restaurant is for its authentic Indian cuisine; especially mughlai and kababs. Shalimar serves Fast-food, Coastal, North Indian, Tandoori, and Chinese. For the non vegetarians, the food is sure to satisfy your palate.
I ordered Khazana Kabab costing Rs.464, though this item is a bit expensive, its different from the kababs I ever had, it consists of 5 varities of chicken spread on your plate and they are well marinated and perfectly fried chicken pieces. The chicken breast and leg pieces of the kabab are stuffed with superb masalas and the crispy egg coat makes it just perfect; the way a connoisseur like me would want.
The chicken biryani costing Rs 129 and mutton biryani costing Rs. 144 are good enough. I suggest you try the Raan biryani, I unfortunately did not have the privilege of tasting Raan biryani because their stock was over for the day, its a testimony that this dish is indeed on high demand, Ive heard its the best under mughlai.
Shalimar serves excellent non-veg food, value for money is sure good and service is prompt. The host of waiters ensure youre served well. I give a thumps-up to Shalimar!
My rating for Shalimar is:
Value for money 8/10
bad bad service...
we visited shalimar on a Sunday evening....the service is really really bad the food is average the restaurant is over hyped for no reason ....the waiters and the so called manager kill the mood they think they r above the customers....people come there specially for the food but leave with a bad experience due to the service.....overall bad experience
Name is not all that matters!!!
Shalimar is a name in itself and yes people flock to it in herds like starving cattle ( count me in too) , but really to be honest I'm no more part of the heard.Shalimar was never a miss when i went into town,but no more they're food is nothing but oil and spice believe me when i say it and the service was bad either way so no complaints on that front. The management itself is complacent. I really dont know if people eating this food eat it because they like it or because they love to be seen in shalimar !!!!!!!!!!.
have a few friends who have been pestering me for some tandoori raan, so last eve i thought of treating my friends to it. called shalimar at 3.30 in the afternoon and placed an order for 2 tandoori raan's scheduled to be picked up form the restaurant at 5.30 in the eve. on reaching the restaurant at the scheduled time the manager conveniently tells me he forgot to pass the order to the kitchen!!! :0 i couldnt understand the logic of not passing the order to the kitchen... i mean why is he there as a manager??? i was lost at my wits end ! after a brief arguement with the manager, he turns and says "bhool ho gaya abhi kya karne ka hai, chalo sorry bolta hun" i replied - hello.... you are not doing me a favour by servicing my order!!! i stomped out vowing never to step in the stinky place... if the owner of shalimar is reading this, trust me your manager is not managing your restaurant but damaging it !!! i did get my tandoori raan from delhi darbar tho :-)
Awful odour !! maybe good taste
this place may have the best in Biriyanis n Tandoor... but this place stinks awfully inside. I landed a month back around 4pm and the staff said they were packing up after lunch time. Though they offered a seat and service, I couldn't wait till i hop out of this place due to the horrible stink like what u have near a train's lavatory on a long journey... Eeiikkks!!!
I have known this place ever since they were famous only for Falooda. Over a period of time they have been king. Amazing food. I love the mehefil where you are being served like a King of Sultanate..make sure u have a gang of 9-10 people for mehefil. On Sundays & holidays do book in advance or come early as u wudnt have to wait for ur turn. A must go place for non-veg lovers.
Theek hae...better options abound
When you are at Md Ali road, you have a plethora of options. Somehow, Shalimar has lost its touch over the last 2 yrs, hence I prefer other options like the newly opened Lime n Spice, opposite this restaurant as well as other places like Chinese Grill n Noor Mohammadi.
Actually the title might be a bit misleading - there are enough veg items on the menu to satisfy all the vegetarians in the group.
But then you dont go all the way to Mohammed Ali Road in Bhendi Bazar to satisfy your vegetarian cravings, do you ? No, you go there to treat yourself to the best kebabs and biryanis you can find.
And with Shalimar, you cant go wrong with that. Big sized establishment, with an AC upper level as well - the seating is a bit congested though. Service wasnt up to the mark but then I would attribute that to the Ramzan crowd. And I admit I was surprised to find that there were quite a few foodies like us, who have nothing to do with Ramzan - but just landed up for some good food.
Which brings us back to the food - it was awesome !! Seekh kebabs was moist and succulent - not the dry stuff that is passed around in other restaurants. Tandoori chicken was perfectly flavored and for the duration that it was there on the table, all conversation was suspended :)
Main course was Chicken Bhuna, Tikka Masala, naan and roomali rotis. Chicken Bhuna was outstanding - spicy as hell but damn good. Tikka masala was more mellow, but still very different from the regular. Roomali rotis also were markedly better - dont know how that is possible, but they tasted very unique. And then there was chicken biryani - delicious.
Finished the meal with Shahi Tukda, Malpua and Rabdi. The desserts were a slight disappointment as neither the Shahi Tukda nor the Malpua were sweet enough ! I know people like mild sweet but this was too mild to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Just to put disclaimers - the food here is probably the most damaging kind - seeped with oil and spices and naans dripping with butter. So if you are the kind who finds it dificult to digest that stuff or are calorie-conscious, then stay away!
Its damn crowded at this time of the year - so you can go after the month of Ramzan is over - Shalimar will be still be around. However if you cant wait for two more weeks to sample the best desi food, then go right ahead - you wont be disappointed.
Mughali at its best
In the holy month of Ramzan,i was introduced to this place called Shalimar through a common friend.
It was love at first sight.and complete surrender at the end of dinner. a fine dining experience.
we started with kebabs (tiranga)& paya soup or try Malaysian chicken or tanduri chicken.best way don't bother order any
in main course i tried Mutton Afgani ( hint of sweetness) or butter chiken,or tikka masala,if you are along with 3-4 people together try any thing in raan (whole lamb leg), with butter dripping roties ( no one can eat just one) try rumali roties, don't forget to dig on some biryani (chicken Mutton both are good,i give noorani at haji ali 1 star more only for biryani).take a breath you still have a dessert left you can have rabdi,falooda,firnee.now you can burrp!!!
warning don't try to eat everything in one go.
Excellent food and service, but the area can be slightly hard to get to since Mohd. Ali Road is very congested most of the time :-( But its worth it, seriously!
Recommended: "XYZ in hot bean sauce, sizzler style"... i believe the menu only gives the option of XYZ = chicken, but we always ask for prawns. They're out of this world (priced on the higher side at Rs. 340, but that includes a huge serving size)...
Also delicious are the falooda and the phirni :-)
Delicious non-veg fare
This place has the best chicken tandoori and rumali roti. The prawns masala and butter chicken dishes are amazing. I am not much of a rice person, but my friends had ordered chicken biryani. The aroma made me dig my teeth in it and guess what, it was superlicious. The chicken at Shalimar is do tender and properly cooked that you won't find it rubbery to chew as it just melts in your mouth.
Also, the falooda and Phirnee are good.
Wonderful Moghlai food
We went to Shalimar with lots of expectations.. True to the word, Shalimar does appease you with its variant tastes and ambience. We had paya soup for starters, which was surprisingly bland. The waiter informed us that's because customer can add salt and pepper to suit their taste and we did just that. Next in was Raan Tandoori. Properly cooked and with the right mix of spices, that dish won hands down. We also ordered the bheja egg fry, but did not enjoy it so much because of the dripping oil. We then ordered for their signature dish Shalimar Chicken Chilly with Roomali rotis. The rotis were soft, the gravy tasty and the chicken succulent. Overall a very good experience and VFM
Shalimar food is the best in Mumbai!! I have eaten in alot of places in Mumbai and the food in Shalimar is out of this world!!
Their chicken starter, is so mouth-watering I can still taste it here thousands of miles away in the UK.
Their leg of lamb biryani is the best biryani I have eaten in my life!! The service was abit crap at first, but as we became regulars, we were treated very nice and were given a good level of privacy, as we were foreigners.
If you want to have a good meal and taste and remember that food for how delicious and gorgeous it was, you deifnitely need to go to Shalimar, in Bhendi-Bazaar.
A Hearty Lunch in the heart of Mumbai
Right now Im experiencing a severe case of Writers Block so Im going to write about Food. Its almost lunch time, so I close my eyes and try to recollect the most memorable lunch Ive had in recent times.
Is it the Chicken Stew with Appams at Fountain Plaza in Fort, or the Fish Curry ( Gassi) and Rice at Bharat Lunch Home, or is it the Berry Pulao at Brittania in Ballard Estate, or the Biryani at Olympia, or the pure Veg Maharashtrian Thali at Shreyas in Pune?
Im confused; so I exercise my memory cells a bit more. And suddenly I remember. Oh yes, no doubt about it; its the farewell lunch my colleagues gave me, a day before I left Mumbai, at Shalimar Restaurant situated at Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai.
We reach at one in the afternoon. At first impression I like the place an abundance of connoisseurs thoroughly enjoying their food as is evident from their body language, high turnover, no nonsense, no frills, businesslike atmosphere appetite builds up in me and I know we have come to the right place. The place is crowded, theres no place on the ground floor, so we go to the air-conditioned dining hall upstairs.
I dont even look at the proffered menu card. I am going to surrender myself to my hosts - they will order and I will just eat.
First they order a hot Chinese soup which is nice and spicy, with lots of vegetables, sea food and chicken in it, and at the end of it I am voraciously hungry.
Then is brought in front of me for my perusal, piping hot and simmering, the signature dish of the place Tandoori Raan Masala. I nod my approval, and its taken away for chopping up and slicing, and a generous portion served to me along with a Tandoori Roti. I put a small piece of the meat in my mouth; its very very tasty. Spicy and zesty, its quite different from the Raan Ive eaten at Karims in Delhi. Then I bash on regardless with the Tandoori roti and pieces of the delectable raan. In between, I scoop and devour the marrow which tastes delicious.
Then I find in front of me a dish of Shalimar Chicken Chilli a specialty of the place. Its mouthwatering! For the first time in my life I eat a so-called Chinese dish Chilli Chicken with Tandoori Roti, and let me tell you it tastes fantastic.
Now my insides are on a delicious spicy fire, my tongue bracing with spicy tang and my nose is watering, so is put in front of my a glass of ice cold Shahi Gulab Falooda to quench my fires. In a word, its heavenly; a perfect conclusion to a most enjoyable lunch and its exquisite flavour and divine fragrance remain with me for a long time.
Indeed a medley meal a Chinese soup, Mughlai Mutton Raan, Chilli Chiken (ostensibly Chinese but whose genre I cant fathom or classify!), Tandoori Roti and the blissful Falooda. A culinary symbiosis of gourmet food - mouthwatering memories of a delicious wholesome lunch Ill never forget.