You don't find many Indian restaurants in Hamburg, but Shalimar which I tried last night was pretty good. Fantastic location - in the centre of the city next to Marriott Hotel off Gansemarkt. The decor was cool, Mod-Indian with exotic touches here & there. The giant Buddha in the middle of the restaurant looked odd though.
Foodwise, pretty much hit-and-miss:
- Mulligatawny soup: this Anglo-Indian icon was well-prepared here - robust & full of flavors, with a spike of chilli at my request;
- Lamb briyani - absolute disaster: overly dry rice (on the verge of turning into crusts) and cardboard-textured lamb cubes which were chewy and almost inedible;
- Chicken curry, which was sensational - the best, and I do mean the absolute BEST, I'd had anywhere in Germany, ever.
- Vegetable-dhal curry - tepid, liquid & bland. Worst I'd had in a long while.
Overall, it's like Shalimar had an Indian Jekyll-and-Hyde chef de cuisine in the kitchen. Either that or you have one excellent chef and one lousy cook working side by side.
Service was a bit stand-offish and spectacularly slow. You get your entree almost 45 minutes after the soup course - but may be because of the busy Friday evening. And Indian restaurants in India were similarly slow as well anyway.
Wished it could have been better - it's only 10 minutes' walk from my hotel, but am not in a hurry to return.
ABC Strasse 46-47
Tel: +49 40442484