One could give Shalimar credit purely because it represents Troy’s whole Indian food sector, but the place holds up just fine on its own merits. Dinners are inexpensive and a good for a change of pace from the town’s other offerings (timid diners needn’t fear fire: menu items run the gamut from mild to scorching). The real deal at Shalimar, though, is the lunch buffet (11:30 AM-2:30 PM): all you can eat for $5.55. There are generally about five dishes, plus rice, naan, and other goodies out on the line; the novice can get acquainted with Indian food and the veteran can simply chow down. If you have the time for a long lunch, it’s a best bet.

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Shalimar? What’s at Shalimar? The best Indian/Pakistani food! FO SHIZZLE MA NIZZLE! CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA! ALL THE WAY BABY! Shalimar in Troy has better food than the one in Albany, though.

Posted by pakipimp (December 29, 2004 07:29 PM)

damn !!! that shit was good honey.!!!!

Posted by Alex (December 18, 2003 10:19 AM)

three doors down is a MUCH better restaurant, first choice caribbean american cuisine. the owners are crazy nice and helpful, the food is delicious, the portions are massive, and the price is right, with most lunch specials priced 5 or 6 bucks. i have also yet to hear about anyone finding hair or a RUSTY SCREW in their food at first choice - cannot say the same about shalimar.

Posted by skfl (December 8, 2003 07:22 PM)

Shalimar is one of the best restaurants i’ve ever been to. Shalimar in troy has the best tasting desi food. The employees are respectful and especially Javaid, (owner) he is such a nice person. He really cares about his customers and alwys try best to keep his customers happy.

Posted by Bobby (September 13, 2003 12:10 AM)

the second comment that i read about shalimar troy, doesnt really mean anything to me and that is because i have been there and it is a great place. It has great food, and an excellet quality of service. and just because of that one comment i wont stop going there and all of you shouldn’t either

Posted by asha (August 25, 2003 06:31 PM)

Boy did they piss me off last time. Went there with my gf and my buddy and the place was pretty packed (lunch hour), so we were waiting to be seated. While we’re waiting, a group of about 10 people (mostly Indian folks) come in and stand behind us. The owner walks right past us and asks someone from the big group how many people they have and starts trying to find them places to sit. I don’t know what the hell the guy was thinking and I’d hate to accuse him of giving Indian folks preference (because they’ve always been nice to us in the past), but that’s how it looked and it really pissed me off. The upside is that after walking out rather irate, I decided to try the new(ish) Carribean place a few door down and they were really nice people and had some really interesting meals that were quite tasty.

Posted by Rich (June 21, 2003 07:52 PM)

I love Indian food.

Posted by Anam (March 22, 2003 05:19 PM)

Shalimar is awesome. No matter your tastes, they have something you’ll like, from wimp to fire-eater and carnivore to veggie – not to mention that the prices are good and the staff is kick-ass, great service and very nice people to deal with. Their buffet is good, too, and a great way to introduce newbies to Indian food. I can’t visit Troy without a stop at Shalimar, for take-out or to get together with the gang – I’ve been in groups of up to 16, without a call ahead, and they’ve always been gracious and accomodating.

Posted by M (March 4, 2003 03:05 AM)

Shalimar has really t·tty Indian food, if that’s what you like, man.

Posted by Frank (July 21, 2002 06:40 PM)

Shalimar is often considered to be subpar in the Capital Region because we’ve got Sitar in Colonie. And surely, Sitar is great food… but for the price you pay, always more than double the prices at Shalimar, it’s not doubly great. Shalimar’s dishes are simpler but very well made and delicious, and because they’re so cheap you don’t feel bad loading up on appetizers. Furthermore, because Sitar is so “acclaimed,” they seem to have trouble really spicing up the dishes. Shalimar is the first restaurant I’ve found in the area that will make your food so hot you can’t eat it if you ask them to, but that maintains a relatively low heat factor. Best dishes? I love their Palak Paneer myself, and if you ask nicely they’ll throw in potatoes, chick peas or sliced cabbage without a fuss. The best, though, is their cold rice pudding with almonds (can’t remember the Pakistani name)… after a nice spicy dinner, the cold pudding, which is nice and thick, cools down the mouth fast and leaves you very satisfied.

Posted by Matthew Mark Miller (June 13, 2002 10:19 AM)

I suggest the tossed salad. It’s shockingly cheap, and if you get it with the syrup, it’s de-lish. Besides this post, what an official looking and truly informative site coming out of the collective typing diarreah of our boys at StuffCorp! Google pulled you up #1 with “shalimar troy ny” and besides not finding out if they serve the buffet at dinner, I have found a site that I can add to my “favorites” tab without a grimace. Way to be a star.

Posted by Adam Poulos (November 19, 2001 01:08 AM)

Shalimar is absolutely fabulous. The curries and biriyani are by far my favorite. There’s a wide variety of appetizers - I’d say, stick to the naans (pita breads). Go for the Shalimar (chicken and spice), Keema (beef), or garlic. All are ridiculously good and make a great appetizer. I haven’t had a bad dish here yet, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent and surprisingly inexpensive meal.

Posted by Justin Baugh (August 14, 2001 04:24 PM)