Week 30 : Shalimar : Pakistan

Unfortunately I will always remember this place less for the tasty food but for it being the day that we thought we discovered that our lovely little cat Lyra had cancer. Looking back now, we were so sad when we were eating this meal which Richard forced me to go to despite wanting to stay in bed. Thankfully, the initial diagnosis that day from the vet of cancer has no been found to be wrong and Lyra is now fine but the day we got the S-Bahn to Gesundbrunnen Wedding to Shalimar for Pakistani food, stands out as one of my worst.

As for the restaurant and meal, they were great, with few complaints except for the usual problems with spicing for the German palette. Richard ordered a jalfrezi dish from the ‘Spicy’ section and although impressed with its delicate and intricate spicing he found it distinctly unfiery. I ordered a delicious lamb dal which delivered on flavour and comfort. We also had pakoras to start (cauliflower and chicken) which were nicely crisp and tasty. Price-wise it wasn’t super cheap but was well worth it as rice comes with each dish. The garden was nice to sit out in on a warm evening and inside looked rather plain but warm and welcoming.

Cauliflower pakora

Cauliflower pakora

I guess that the food is very authentic in terms of spicing and types of food available but they would need to introduce more chilli to make it more authentic and akin to the Pakistani food I have eaten in the UK. I would like to come back again on a less sober occasion as the food was pretty good but it wasn’t so amazing as to warrant a trip halfway across Berlin from Neukolln where we now live.

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Dal, rice and jalfrezi

And to end on a happy note, here is a picture of Lyra basking in the sun, happy and healthy as she is. And long may she be so.

Lyra sunbathing

Lyra sunbathing

Date of visit 19 May 2015