Locals joke about how Wedding, specifically the neighborhood around Gesundbrunnen train station, has been going to be the “next big thing” for years now. Of course, with rising rents in neighborhoods like Kreuzberg and Neukölln, people have finally started moving up to the wild north – like me.
Shalimar was one of the first places I discovered when I moved to this area. Run by a family of brothers and their father, it’s been family owned and operated since 1987. The restaurant is stoically decorated with simple wooden tables and chairs and warm yellow walls. The simplicity of the surroundings, however, in no way speaks for the vibrancy of the food they bring out to the tables!
My complaint in Berlin has always been the problem of finding properly spiced food due, in part, to continental Europeans’ palates and the cliché of their inability to tolerate any heat. Shalimar has become my savior. Their spicy curries, served in copperware, are all generously garnished with fresh ginger and coriander. Their breads, particularly their channa bhatura and naan, are outstanding. I used to work around the corner and come here before my shift for a healthy portion of subji biryani, soaked up with a bhatura. It’s everything you want from an authentic curry house.
You used to only need to book one for the weekend, but, due to its recent spike in popularity, I recommend booking any time you want to go, especially if you’re more than a party of two.