There are a lot of great curry restaurants in Leicester, and I am yet to visit even a fraction of them. That being said, I have visited quite a few in my time living here, and out of those, Shimla Pinks rates way up there (possibly number 2 or 3 on my list).
It’s not a traditional curry restaurant in that you don’t get the balti house feel. Instead, it’s a bit more contemporary inside which has its benefits and downsides. On the downside, there isn’t much of a down-home, authentic ambience, but on the upside, it’s a great place if you want curry but want more of an upscale date-type restaurant to eat at. That’s actually one of the reasons I like going there – it’s nice to get dressed up to go out for a curry for a change.
Last night we went to Shimla Pinks with a Groupon with a couple friends. The deal included (for each person) poppadoms, a starter, main, rice and naan. It doesn’t sound like much, but the portions are massive. For the starter, Andrew and I went for the veg thali which included paneer shashlick, vegetable somosas, aloo tikki, onion bhaji and mixed vegetable pakoras.
so… much…. food. But so good! Even though most of the starters we had were fried, they were done so lightly so it wasn’t too heavy to start with. And the onion bhajis were some of the best I’ve ever had.
Like most Indian restaurants, Shimla Pinks has a dedicated vegetarian section on the menu. For my main, I ordered the vegetable jalfrezi and a small side of tarka daal, while Andrew ordered the chilli paneer masala. We decided to split a mushroom rice, salad and paratha.
Each dish was incredibly flavorful, and so tasty that each and everyone of us at the table left feeling like we might possibly explode. And there were leftovers.
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to vegetarians in Leicester looking for a nice curry restaurant for a date night. I didn’t get a chance to ask about vegan options, but I imagine if you ask to have the veggie curries without any butter, they would be fine.
And just to show how happy we were to be there – here are our smiley curry faces 🙂
Visit the website here: http://4550.co.uk/shimlapinks/