A rainy arrival saw us greeted by a staff member with umbrella to escort us in, so this review is probably best started with a comment on the staff at the restaurant. Attentive without being overbearing, good humoured and helpful, they were clearly proud and enthusiastic about what they do. They clearly wanted us to enjoy their food and our evening. When ordering our main course a suggestion was made to my wife that she might enjoy an alternative to the Passanda dish, and an offer was made to bring both the Passanda and the other sauce to try before ordering. Both were equally delicious. My wife opted for the alternative (Macken Tikka).
Everything in the meal, which we shared, was quality, and we would be grateful if our compliments could be passed on to the chef.
The only thing niggling away at me as I ate was that we live 3 hours away from this place (having a break in the Peak District). I've decided to address this problem by home cooking, and now envisage many happy hours of cursing in the kitchen as my creations fail to live up to The Shalimar experience. So thanks for that!
Back home now I just had to check the negative reviews (there will always be a few it seems). I found myself reading them out to my wife as I was astounded at what I was reading. Please take no notice of them. Just go to this place if you enjoy Indian food.
Oh, and at the end of the meal we happened to mention we were in the area for my wife's birthday; a tasty little sponge cake with candle arrived! (we really weren't looking for anything like that folks, but thanks for the lovely touch).
We definitely recommend anyone visiting the area comes to your lovely restaurant, and our thanks again to all.
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