Shalimar Restaurant Of Albany

★★★☆☆

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There is something innately wrong about vegetable biriyani - I mean, seriously?! "vegetable" biriyani?! At any rate, that was the only sort of rice left when we went in for a lunch buffet one afternoon. It tasted suspiciously like spanish rice, almost as though it had been cooked in a sour, tomato concoction. The chicken tikka was stringy, tough, and awful. I managed a few forkfuls of the stuff and tried not to turn green in front of my coworkers!

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There is something innately wrong about vegetable biriyani - I mean, seriously?! "vegetable" biriyani?! At any rate, that was the only sort of rice left when we went in for a lunch buffet one afternoon. It tasted suspiciously like spanish rice, almost as though it had been cooked in a sour, tomato concoction. The chicken tikka was stringy, tough, and awful. I managed a few forkfuls of the stuff and tried not to turn green in front of my coworkers!

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Shalimar *looks* pretty fancy from outside and when you walk in but I've been a bit disappointed over the visits I've had there. The food is "okay" - but nothing to write home about. The service is sometimes lacking - for example, needing to ask three times for a single cup of spiced tea, requesting "no bread" and having it show up and that sort of thing. Long waits for service on busy nights, and even longer waits to get a bill.

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★★★☆☆

Shalimar *looks* pretty fancy from outside and when you walk in but I've been a bit disappointed over the visits I've had there. The food is "okay" - but nothing to write home about. The service is sometimes lacking - for example, needing to ask three times for a single cup of spiced tea, requesting "no bread" and having it show up and that sort of thing. Long waits for service on busy nights, and even longer waits to get a bill.

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For $6.99 -- eat in or take out. Start with naan, onion pakora, chutney and other condiments. Follow the line of chafing dishes to enjoy white rice, vegetable biryani, curried cabbage, vegetable korma, palak aloo, koftas, and a variety of chicken dishes, including chicken do'piazza (made with legs and thighs) or chicken tikka or tikka masala (made with white meat). Kheer for dessert!

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For $6.99 -- eat in or take out. Start with naan, onion pakora, chutney and other condiments. Follow the line of chafing dishes to enjoy white rice, vegetable biryani, curried cabbage, vegetable korma, palak aloo, koftas, and a variety of chicken dishes, including chicken do'piazza (made with legs and thighs) or chicken tikka or tikka masala (made with white meat). Kheer for dessert!

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great restaurant, good food, good people, downtown albany location, small but cozy, very authentic desi cuisine

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★★★☆☆

great restaurant, good food, good people, downtown albany location, small but cozy, very authentic desi cuisine

Pros: food FOOD FOOD

Cons: parking maybe

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The best Indian Buffet and Punjabi Lamb Korma I have had. The staff is just wonderful and the place is clean and comfortable.

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The best Indian Buffet and Punjabi Lamb Korma I have had. The staff is just wonderful and the place is clean and comfortable.

 

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