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Shalimar Sizzle opens in Mountain View

Uploaded: Mar 8, 2017
Shalimar Sizzle, a Sunnyvale Indian restaurant, has expanded to downtown Mountain View's Castro Street.

Owner Mo Polani held a grand opening for Shalimar Sizzle in mid-February at 246 Castro St., most recently the short-lived home of Izzo (and before that, Asian-fusion restaurant Cijjo).

The menu includes tandoori-style grilled meats, curries, vegetable dishes and other traditional Northern-Indian food.

"Everything is freshly made" with "intense spices," manager Bobbie Louangrath said Wednesday.

The restaurant is also community-minded, she said. Every Monday will be designated as a "charitable meals" day when the "less fortunate" can come in and get a free meal, no questions asked, Louangrath said.

A post on the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce's "I Love MV" website about Shalimar Sizzle's grand opening says Polani "understands that Silicon Valley is unbelievably expensive and that lots of families are struggling to stay afloat here and he wants to help by feeding those people once a week."

The restaurant's current hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eventually, they plan to stay open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends, Louangrath said.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Sea Reddy, a resident of College Terrace,
on Mar 9, 2017 at 4:24 am

Welcome to our community.
It is a noble cause to give free meals on Mondays for the less fortunate.
It is a good karma.
I am sure you will do well!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Monta Loma,
on Mar 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Welcome to MV. I for one will try out the new place since they seem to get the idea of being part of the community.

Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Mountain View,
on Mar 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

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I've eaten there a couple of times since the original lower-profile opening late last year. In those meals, Shalimar Sizzle's kitchen stood out from the typical Indian restaurant in the area. Within the nearby neighborhood, that puts it in company with Chennai Kings and Amber Cafe, though all three are very different restaurants in style and specialties. I noticed unusual and creative spicing at Shalimar Sizzle.

Another thing in common with Chennai Kings and Amber Cafe (Shalimar's owner, Mo, confirmed that this is a deliberate policy): Shalimar Sizzle offers a menu at lunch, not a buffet. That's a return to the norm among the many Indian restaurants here before the lunch-buffet trend swept the region in the 1990s. (Any customers who truly crave yet-more buffet "Butter chicken" -- served next to the tandoori chicken pieces it's made from, and maybe a few more goopy orange chicken curries too with slightly different spices -- or bland spinach paneer stew -- for lunch can't reasonably object to Mo Polani's decision, because they already have half a dozen other places for such buffets within a mile or so of Shalimar Sizzle.) There's nothing wrong with buffet lunches in principle (Sakoon, a block away, offers an unusually lavish one), the problem is that so many Indian restaurants doing them offer a similar very narrow range of dishes.

Posted by Sukwinder Dixit, a resident of North Bayshore,
on Mar 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm

This will make me feel so homely

Posted by desi english, a resident of Barron Park,
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

@Sukwinder: You may already be aware of this and are being humourous, but the word "homely" has quite different meanings in American English and British English. In American English it's an adjective describing "a person unattractive in appearance." In British English it's an adjective describing "a place or surroundings that is simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home." You obviously mean the latter, but people will snicker at your use of the word.

Posted by Crotchety Desi, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Mar 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

@desi english,
You answered it well, I might not have been so polished.
Decades ago when I came to this country, there was a joke going around about a young man who goes back to India to get married. Upon returning without his bride (she might have been waiting for her visa), he tells an American colleague about his wife, "She's quite homely."
The American answers, "I am very sorry to hear that."

" Homey" might have conveyed it better.

Posted by mdg, a resident of Los Altos,
on Apr 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Well that was quick - walked by tonight and it looks like they are closed. The one time I ate there it was good but I was the only person there on a weeknight.

Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

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mdg: A downtown neighbor and business owner who knows Shalimar Sizzle's owner checked with him, and reported to me (4/28) that the closure is temporary, but of uncertain length.

Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Aug 5, 2017 at 11:31 am

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News: There's been activity at the site. When I asked there on Thursday, a representative of owner Mo Polani said that Shalimar Sizzle is being remodeled, to reopen (ideal target date August 15, but no guarantees about that) in modified form, emphasizing "things like biryani dishes" and probably using a new name.

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