Austin >Restaurants > Shalimar
9310 N Lamar Bkvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875330.349372 -97.710259
Neighborhoods: North Lamar, Georgian Acres
Horrible, horrible restaurant! – This has to be the worst South Asian restaurant I've ever eaten at. I've been several times only to be disappointed each time - and swear that I'll never come back only to return desperately hoping they'll have what their menu claims to have. In all the times I've been there, they've never had mango lassi. Twice, my friend ordered something they didn't have even though their menu claims they have it.
The service is also not as good. Several waiters but never does one drop by to how things are going or if you need anything or to bring you a refill without your asking them to do it.
And their naan does not taste too good.
I'm never going back, and this time I'm going to stand by my promise. Extremely disappointing.
Shalimar Pakistani Buffet – I have eaten at this resaurant for five years about 30 times when I am in the area. It is pretty low key with many types of people that eat there. I have no idea and don't care why the guy at the top of the page had to slam this place so terribly. I eat a lot of ethnic food and prepare quite a few myself. I am a native texan, but have lived all over the united states. I love this place. I would have to totally disagree that the naan (flat bread) is bad. They warm/toast it on a flat top and bring a large portion of it to the table. This is a buffet, but I have always had my drink immediately, and the rotating food items are awesome. You might not like the small pieces of lamb or chicken in the spicy sauces as they sometimes have small bones in them, and you have to pick them out, but this is traditional, and the flavors are excellent. Then you have to get a few samosas as you leave for later. I think it is very traditional and mostly clean. (My tablecloth was not as cleas as it should have been today), but I am not eating the tablecloth. The food rocks.
Even if its free I don't want it – I never ever wrote a review on anything, this place was so special I had to write a review. The food was so stale, and the worst was goat or lamb curry, I almost regurgitate the whole thing.
Somebody else wrote their nan (bread) was good, the person who wrote that must have been ate one for the first time. I had better nan from a store.
I feel bad to write a review like this against anybody's establishment, but no one should think Indian food can be this bad.
No one in the restaurant knows what is customer service, so there is nothing to write about. If there is anything good about this place, lots of available seats.
I didn't choose this restaurant because somebody else took me there, I didn't have to pay for the food, but I don't think anybody ever should have to pay for this kind of food or service.
Greasy, unclean everything tastes same!
That just sums up this place. After eating at a marvelous place in Houston..I was craving for some biryani..oh boy...the food was so bad..never again!
Worthless – Do not waste your time and energy. My boyfriend and I made the mistake of going b/c for some reason it have 4.5 stars on here, but PLEASE do not go. Extremely disappointing.
One recipe for all foods....Professionally Unprofessional Staff – I went to this restaurant once and I think I wouldnt wanna go there again...Their buffet was aweful, I ordered chicken katakat and my husband took buffet because I hated buffet items just by looking at them (greasy, stale) All the time that I was eating my food, One waitress kept a strict eye on me so that I do not take anything from my husband's plate...In the end, when I couldnt eat that 4 year old chicken salan, I told that waitress to give me a to-go-box...she brought a to-go box with an attitude and said that she would put my food in it because that poor lady thought that I would steal away there stale unhiegenic food...that was humiliating to the level that I wont go there again...Please Shalimar people, I am not interested in your single dish and would not steal away your buffet food for sure...Have some life!!!
GreaZy food and dull atmosphere – I LOVE Indian food but this was too greasy to enjoy. the food wasn't bad but wasn't worth the trek up north and the guilt afterwards about injesting that much oil. There was virtually no service at all. Just seat yourself and buss your own table. Paid the guy at the front between his phone call conversation. Really was like we were invisible. Wasn't very clean. Not having any service is better than bad service though. A great meal can make up for poor service. This wasn't a great meal.
Friendly Service Good Price – I really enjoy the buffet offered here. The men that work here are sweet old guys. The food is very lovely and the price is decent. It seems pretty family friendly, too. It was just super friendly, welcoming, and great service.
Good Indien Food – I must admit I was a bit afraid of the neighborhood. However, it was a good push out of the subberbia. The restaurant was simple, more of a diner. We did enjoy our meal and the prices were excellent! I woudn't compare it to some gourmet Indien food you will try in a more upscale place. Nevertheless, for the price it was more than what I was expecting. Their brad (nan?) was some of the best I've tried. The service was very friendly and not in your face. We'll come back.
Great food. Great service. Great prices. – The atmosphere if casual and family friendly. Bigger booths make it possible for parties bigger than the usual four to be seated at a booth. For appetizers, the samosas, especially with raita sauce, are tasty and highly recommended. For newcomers to Indian/Pakistani cuisine, the chicken tikka is a good choice. For the slightly more adventurous, any of the goat dishes are worth a try, if not just for the experience. For those who like creamier (& less spicy) foods, the chicken makani is highly recommended. Any of the biryani dishes and the mixed vegetables are also recommended. To compliment any of the dishes, the naan is highly recommended, especially with the meat dishes to soak up the delicious sauces! The service is very friendly and fast.
Shalimar is one of the best Pakistani-Indian restaurant in the Austin area. I can't wait to try out some of the dishes on the menu. Go check it out for yourself!
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