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What is the second dish to order at Shalimar?

OK, I'm from LA and get to SF often. I am addicted to the Chicken Tikka Masala at Shalimar and the garlic naan.

But I've been searching for a second out-of-this-world dish to order there and come up empty. The other things I've order there (the korma and the gosht(Spelling?) have been pretty greasy and mehhh.

Anybody got a SECOND dish to order at Shalimar?



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  1. The lambs' brains are excellent when they appear on the menu. Imagine the creamiest most spicy scrambled eggs possible and you have some idea what they taste like.

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    1. re: grishnackh

      umm, wow, that's the one dish I hoped would not be named!

      1. re: echoparkdirt

        Order Beef Nihari or Seekh Kebabs.

      2. re: grishnackh

        Now that sounds good and different!

        1. re: grishnackh

          Intersting analogy... I had a scrambled egg curry at the vegetarian Indian restaurant at the Ashram in Xalapa (Veracruz)... and now that I think about it there was quite a bit of similarity with the Pakastani lamb brain curry I had in Chicago.... interesting thing way to desensitize people a little scared at the thought of eating brains.

          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            Except if they can't stand scrambled eggs. ;)

        2. I've gone away from Bhuna Gosht, and have been ordering Beef Jalfrezi, a heartier more complex beef curry dish with onions, tomatoes, and other spices. Bhuna Gosht can be great when they serve you the bone marrow though!

          Kabli chana is another dish I consistently order, a chickpea curry that doesn't suffer from being greasy.

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          1. re: DezzerSF

            Does anyone have any other ideas? We don't have a concensus. And I tried the Jalfrezi, which I found uninteresting.

            I am returning to SF Tuesday and will be hitting Shalimar ten minutes after i drop off my stuff at the hotel.


            1. re: echoparkdirt

              I'm afraid that as useful as this site can be the possibility of there being a consensus is as likely as the sun rising in the West over the Farallon Islands. Although, today 6/1/09, we wouldn't know it, fog.

          2. Palak Aloo Mehti - well spiced spinach and potatoes - excellent with the plain naan

            1. I love their tandoori items...chicken leg & seekh kabobs. At Indo-pak restaurants, it seems I always enjoy the tandoori items & lamb from the non-tandoori section. Ask them what's good that day??? BTW, just because you don't *see* the grease doesn't mean....:)

              1. My favorite dish at Shalimar is the lamb chops. They might be from the Tandoor, I don't remember.

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                1. re: Paul H

                  Yes, the lamb chops are from the tandoor. Shalimar uses rib chops, which I think are superior, whereas some other spots use other parts. I'd not been to Shalimar for a couple years and returned there a few months ago. The nihari and the goat curry were great. The naan was excellent on this night, but I've been warned that it's quite variable depending on who is manning the tandoor that day.

                  532 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                2. Sorry but I'm actually I'm not a fan of the Chicken Tikka Masala at Shalimar. It's much too oily. The garlic naan is only okay in my opinion (better at Turmeric). If you're a CTM fan, I recommend Naan 'N Curry (many SF and East Bay locations and it's cheap) instead.

                  What is good there is the butterflied chicken breast (murgh tikka lahori). It's really moist and flavorful and only like $3.95. Shalimar is known for their meats. Their seekh kabob is also excellent.

                  We always get the yellow daal, which is excellent. Every veggie dish or meat dish with a sauce I've had is super oily. The daal isn't. I had the bengan bhujia for the first time on my last visit and it was really tasty but I had to look past the giant puddle of oil.

                  My recommendations are for the Sunnyvale location. Hopefully they're consistent at the other locations.

                  533 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                  1146 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

                  1. I haven't been to Shalimar in a year and unfortunately am unable to go often. However, I've had a dish there called nihari. It's beef shank braised with ginger and other things. I like it because it reminds me of Chinese preparations of shank, and I had no idea the two cuisines came so close.

                    I also like the tandoor lamb chops. The ones I've had were bone-sucking good.