Shahi Flames is a new restaurant located in a strip mall on Marion Street. The strip mall it’s located in is or was home to Lovey’s BBQ, Vientiane Thai, and Boun’s Lao Thai restaurants. My google search suggests it hasn’t replaced any of those three. I don’t however know what the interior is like, other than a few pictures.
I ordered lunch while at work. The first meal I went quite large. My order consists of Papri Chat, Papadams, Lamb Rogan Josh, Garlic Naan, along with a Mango Lassi to drink. While I order a variety of items from Indian restaurants, these five items represent my core favourites.
When I place my order, I ask for extra hot, and in the additional comments I add the words extra, extra hot. This applies only to the Lamb. It’s not quite extra, extra hot, however it is still good and spicy. The lamb itself is tender and there is a good deal of it in the container. In fact, enough for two meals.
Given the amount of food there is in this meal, I end up putting the Papri Chat in the fridge at work for the next day. Unfortunately, when I took it out, I forgot to take a photo of it before I ate it. However, even cold, and with some of the papris going a little soggy it is still very delicious.
The garlic naan is somewhat disappointing. Perhaps I just got an unfortunate piece, but there did not seem to be a lot of garlic on my order.
The Mango Lassi is good, and reasonably thick. It is also a refreshing beverage.
Lunch Number 2
When I order a second time, I decide on what I think will be a smaller order. I am not familiar with all the different styles of Indian food. If you want to know more check out Beyond the Food Court, and/or my review of it. I decided to order the Thali, because it seems like a decent sized platter.
As you can see from the picture above, that is even more than a decent sized platter. This tray, however, is not even the full platter. The Thali from Shahi Flames comes with another three or four small containers containing other dishes for you to sample.
If you are someone who is not familiar with Indian food, ordering a Thali might be a good place to make a start. There are about half a dozen items included. Other than the rice, there is not a huge pile of any one item. There is enough of each item, though to give you a good idea of what they are like.
Now, not having expected as much food as I got, I also ordered some Hakka Chicken Fingers. As I just mentioned a bit earlier, there is wide diversity in Indian cooking that I am still learning about. Hakka has it’s roots in the Hakka speaking regions of China.
The Shahi Flames chicken fingers seem to be a fusion of Hakka and North American cuisine. They are very tasty. The outside is really crunchy, and the chicken itself is very tender. I would choose these over most restaurant chicken fingers I have tried.
The only other thing that I add to my order on this occasion is another order of Papadams. These were an occasional treat at home during my growing up years, and I do enjoy eating them from time to time. The only problem with them for me is that I tend to eat a whole package in an evening.
Shahi Flames delivered a couple of very enjoyable lunches. Actually, it was four enjoyable lunches, as each order provided me with enough food for two days. I definitely would like to stop by for dine-in whenever public safety and travel to St. Boniface permit.