Newest Review: ... just not sure whether (as the kind of "bright young thing" Shimla Pinks hope to attract, according to their website) I particul... more
Comfort food meets uncomfortable décor
Member Name: jamesontheroad
Advantages: Sophisticated, modern twist on Indian classics
Disadvantages: Nauseating "modern" restaurant design... not your tatty but comfy old Indian
The décor of Shimla Pinks has been variously described as "up-market" and "art deco" ... it is neither, to be honest, but it is noticeable that the proprietors of this small chain have paid some attention to the appearance of their restaurants. I'm just not sure whether (as the kind of "bright young thing" Shimla Pinks hope to attract, according to their website) I particularly want to dine in an over zealous bling fest of shiny materials and moodish lighting. Besides, it makes no difference how swanky the décor is when you see the manager bringing in a load of shopping from the cash and carry through the restaurant.
The menu is great - I'm not a connoisseur of Indian cuisine but like all fellow British countrymen I will dabble a bit and enjoyed the zingy and sophisticated flavours, but apart from the MFI-on-acid interior design, there isn't much to set this restaurant apart from others near-by. I generally choose Indian cuisine for those cold winter nights when I want comfort food served in an unsophisticated, timeless and informal environment... that is, after all, why curry is the national dish of Britain. Shimlas is decent food (at great prices if you go at lunchtime) served in an overworked package that is going to go out of style very quickly. My personal preference is to save a few quid and stick to the take out menu.
Summary: You'll enjoy the food but maybe not the bling