Sahlimar is one of those places you really love, excellent food (spicy & delicious), cheap prices (under $10), friendliness. No wonder it has such a loyal clientele. An added fascination is the urban, scuzzyness of its location in the tenderloin. And despite, or with some, because of that, many people swear that this is one of the best San Francisco Indian-Pakistani restaurants.
Few horrors match that of requesting tan-doori chicken only to be served a desiccated, atrocious-shade-of-red chicken breast that tastes more of the habachi than the tandoor. It is refreshing, then, to eat at Shalimar Restaurant, where authenticity permeates every aspect of the dining experience.
You know you've arrived at the place when Punjabi replaces English as the preferred medium and the prostitutes of the tenderloin give way to the myriad of South Asian taxi cab drivers awaiting a steaming plate of Murg Boti Tandoori (chunks of chicken breast cooked in the tandoor) or perhaps a vegetarian plate of Palak Aloo Methi (a potato and spinach greens curry).
Some of my favorite dishes include: Tandoori Chicken, chickpeas in spicy red sauce, lamb kebab, and lentil daal...and out of the Tandoor oven: naan bread and paratha.