A tandoor sears the exotic cuisine compiled for Shalimar Indian Restaurant's behemoth menu, which has won the chic eatery several awards and was deemed “daunting” by Metromix Louisville. Temperatures soar to nearly 900 degrees inside the clay cooker, sending scorching waves of flavor over the tandoori mixed grill's combo of chicken, chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, shrimp, and fish. Servers balance trays of samosas, kormas, dal, and house special biryani—a classic Mughlai dish served with basmati rice—much like early Indian subpoenas. Regal chandeliers illuminate a culinary kingdom peppered with cozy booths and pristine white tablecloths. The eatery’s walls showcase eye-catching exotic artwork, and diners can imbibe a specialty cocktail beneath gently swaying suspended greenery.
Sitar Indian Cuisine’s head chef dedicated more than 40 years to the mastery of Indian cooking, resulting in a menu that adroitly melds classic recipes with innovative variations. Many of the entrees are fired using traditional cooking equipment, such as a clay oven, an Indian iron skillet, or an aging phoenix. The full menu lists an assortment of vegetarian dishes along with house curry specialties with chicken, lamb, and seafood. During lunch, the eatery stocks an all-you-can-eat buffet brimming with aromatic dishes and tangy chutneys. Sitar’s beer list offers American brews and those imported from India such as Flying Horse, Taj Mahal, and Kingfisher.