Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Shalimar Restaurant

Last week I made a whirlwind trip to Kentucky. While there I got to see family. Unfortunately it was all too brief. The holidays are around the corner so I’ll get to see them again soon, and Chris and Sidney will be able to join me.

One evening, my in-laws and I went to Shalimar Restaurant in Louisville, Ky. Chris and I have gone with them before and enjoyed it. My in-laws go fairly often.

This Indian restaurant is tucked away in a a strip shopping center. If you’re not up for Indian, the center also has Chinese and Mexican restaurants a couple doors down.

Shalimar features lamb, goat, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. While we looked over the menu, naan and chutney were brought to the table. The chutneys were mint, tamarind and onion.

I selected nav ratan korma, which is a cream-based dish with cauliflower, potatoes, chickpeas, lima beans, peas, green beans, carrots, cashews and raisins. My in-laws selected chicken curry and chicken kadal, which is chicken served with bell peppers, tomatoes and onions. Each of us received our own bowl of rice, and we, of course, shared the dishes.

For bread, we choose two rotis, which made eight triangles. They were good, but were sort of wet. It didn’t seem to be from butter or grease. Rotis are baked or cooked on a griddle, not fried. So I think it must have been from sitting covered under a heat lamp.

The vegetable dish was my favorite. The variety of the vegetables provided a lot of different textures and tastes compared to the chicken dishes. The curry was good. It wasn’t the most amazing curry I’d ever had, but it was good. This was the first kadal I’ve eaten. It was tasty, but very similar to the curry, in my opinion.

The service is friendly and the atmosphere is nice. The table settings include white linens, cloth napkins and candles, so there is an air of formality, but it’s not stiff. There’s more of a relaxed feeling. It’s not so formal that you would be uncomfortable dining with your kids or wearing jeans.

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