|Cuisine Type |||Indian, Middle Eastern|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Dundas West station|
|Cross Street |||Roncesvalles and Dundas|
|Tues-Thu 12PM-10PM, Fri 12PM-11PM, Sat-Sun 5PM-11PM|
Profile Last Updated: March 11, 2008
Doing business on the Roncesvalles strip since the ‘80s, Shala-Mar Restaurant found a home in the area long before the street became in vogue. The entrance is conspicuously beautiful, with a gorgeous swirling mosaic of coloured pebbles that adorn the window and doorway on a white-stuccoed backdrop. The interior is just as charming, featuring carved wooden screens, a pinched-fabric ceiling with a glowing chandelier as its centerpiece, and a slew of seating including a teardrop table that obliges eight. Oftentimes, the owner can be found behind the small bar, happily greeting newcomers.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Shala-Mar’s menu is a massive collection of Middle Eastern cuisine, most notably serving fare from India and Pakistan. Start with a lentil wafer, some meat or vegetable samosas, a bowl of muligatawny “pepper water” soup, a blend of avocado and tomato chutney, or perhaps seasoned whole shrimp from the tandoori. The mains are prepared according to your individual taste, and patrons may choose among mild, medium, hot, or vindaloo seasoning. Traditional curry, butter chicken, spiced yogurt korma, and pickled achari are among the dishes served a la carte. Moreover, dozens of vegetarian plates, house specials, and main courses can be pored through, all enriched with delicate seasoning and tangy sauces.
The Sweet Stuff
Enjoy a cup of lassi, a traditional North Indian frothy beverage made with yogurt, water, and spices, also available in a mango blend. Paired with the customary sweets of carrot hawa, gulab jaman, and kulfi—just make sure you leave room for these decadent treats.