A medley of Indian flavors and spices crash together for a fine dining experience at Shalimar Restaurant. This Indianapolis restaurant is located on Indy’s hip north side, in the cultural district of Broad Ripple. It’s right on Broad Ripple Avenue, just off of the Monon Trail. Not only do they serve lunch and dinner, but Shalimar Restaurant is a perfect location for large parties and events.
Shalimar Restaurant is owned by Sukhdev (Dave) Samra, who also owns the India Palace Restaurant, located on the north west side of Indianapolis, near Lafayette Square Mall. There is another popular Shalimar Restaurant location down south, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Shalimar Restaurant is known for its reasonable prices, especially the daily lunch buffet, which is only $7.99. The restaurant’s claim to fame is its fine Tandoori dishes, which is fine Northern Indian cuisine. “Tandoori” means clay oven, a method of cooking that is typically heated by charcoal or wood fire, and allows the food to cook with live-fire, radiant hear, hot air and convection methods. Many of the dishes are outrageously spicy, but customers can request a meal to be made mild, medium, hot or extra hot.
If you just can’t decide, Shalimar Restaurant chefs recommend their famous Thali dishes. The Thali is a little bit of everything, served on a silver platter and enough to feed an army. It consists of chicken pakora, lamb curry, chicken curry, tandoori chicken, dal, rice, raitha, naan and a dessert called kheer. Don’t worry animal lovers, there’s a veggie option too! The Vegetarian Thali is served with vegetable samosa, nav ratan shai korma, saag paneer, dal, rice, raitha, naan, and the yummy kheer dessert.
Shalimar Restaurant’s name is derived from a chapter in Indian history. In the 17th century, Indian society flourished under Emperor Shah Jahan. He is the great Indian leader that built the Taj Mahal, and he took special interest in creating beautiful and harmonious gardens. Emperor Shah Jahan named these amazing gardens “Shalimar,” which translates to “the great place.”
Lunch is served everyday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to 10:30, Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’re looking to add a bit of spice to your dining experience in the Circle City, stop by Shalimar Restaurant.
Hungry diners filling their plates at the Shalimar buffet
1043 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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