Delicious inexpensive meals. Lovely staff. What more can i say.
Cons: not near enough to my home in derbyshire
Delicious inexpensive meals. Lovely staff. What more can i say.
My recent visit to Shivalli was one of the best, if not the best experience I've had in an Indian restaurant. We went on a weekday evening, when I think the buffet is unavailable, though I've heard good things about that too.
Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Once we had informed him that 3 out of 4 of our party were vegan he offered to do us a set menu which consisted of a 4 course meal suited to our dietary requirements, which didn't appear to be on the menu, and it was really cheap!
All the food was amazing, really really tasty. In the past I've been disappointed when Indian food wasn't flavourful enough, none of that going on here though. Everything was delicious and also diverse, especially the selection of curries we had as a main. A scoop of vegan ice cream as a final course was a perfect finish, because our stuffed stomachs couldn't handle a bigger dessert!
Throughout the meal we had waiters coming up (though not TOO much), asking if everything was okay and if we needed more food items - as if they hadn't fed us enough anyway!
All in all, if you're in Leicester and you're hungry... like HUNGRY and you love Indian food then Shivalli is where you ought to be.
Buffet heaven. My partner and I often go for the buffet in the daytime. A good price, food is fresh and tasty and although there are some staple dishes there's often 1 or 2 new dishes to try. Staff very friendly.
Just been for dinner here. Had the buffet and I loved all but one curry I tried. My dining companions found it too spicy, I would say it was medium spice. If you want mild maybe stick to the menu. The buffet was well labelled with which dishes were vegan but the menu you would have to ask.
When the waiter found out I was vegan because I checked about a pancake thing he brought some extra entre for me! Great attentive staff and reasonably priced.
It's a ages since I spent time in Leicester and so my knowledge of the local Indian restaurants has waned. But I remember there being always lots of vegetarian options which could be vegan as long as you could persuade the waiter you really didn't want any butter ghee tainted food! Shivalli has a sticker on the front door proudly declaring "we cater for Vegans" it was easy from then on in. Even with my current crazy macrobiotic variation on veganism the helpful Chef/manager (?) made me a special dish and adapted (made mild) others. The fresh juice was suspiciously sweet but the food was great. Two of us ate well without alcohol and the bill came to £37 (only the papadoms seemed a tad expensive). My Dad eats anything and loves to frequent this place, I'll be happy to go again.
Brilliant food, caring service, very good value for money. Must visit this place.
I can't recommend this place enough, especially the weekend buffet. The staff are always friendly and totally understand the concept of veganism! If there aren't many vegan starters on the buffet or the dessert isn't vegan they will always make one specially for you and so it works out at amazing value. The food is really unusual and beautifully cooked. I just wish everywhere could be like this. They have a really good reputation in leicester, even amongst non-vegetarians. The only slight downside is that the food can be very hot and they don't seem able to tone the heat down on request. We visited there with my parents-in-law who aren't used to spicy food and I think they found some dishes a little too hot. It's not a problem for me though as I love spicy food!
Leicester has quite a few vegetarian curry houses to choose from, mostly on the north-east side of town (Belgrave Rd area). This one is in the west, slap bang on the ring road, but don't let that put you off. It's great. Huge south Indian menu with a ton of vegan options, quite a few dishes I hadn't come across before. Excellent service at this family-run restaurant. Definitely going back next time I'm in Leicester.
I work opposite Shivalli and go to their lunchtime buffet often during the week. The buffet is fantastic value with starter, main and dessert, all you want to eat for £4.95! The choices generally include a good amount of vegan options. I ask the waiters to let me know what's vegan and if they think there's not enough choice they always say "I'll get you something else". I also particularly like that they include a salad in the buffet so I can kid myself I'm eating healthily before I start on the fried lentil doughnuts or other lovely fried starters!
They also do the buffet on Sundays although it is slightly more expensive, and although this always includes a masala dosa brought to the table, does not generally have the mixed salad option.
If I'm feeling hungry or greedy in the evening, the thali options are always massive and delicious! They start with poppadoms and chutney, then there's a starter (probably some lentil dougnuts and/or samosas and/or bhel poori and/or battered aubergine slices... there are other choices I'm missing out), followed by a main which is about 6 small pots of different curries, soup, and perhaps salad, plus well flavoured rice, some kind of bread option, possibly a masala dosa as well. If you can fit pudding in after that I take my hat off to you!
For those less greedy than myself, I particularly recommend the onion rava dosa, and the aubergine curry, if you're just after a small meal.
I been to shivalli with my friends, when i enter inside feel good atmosphere and staff welcoming in good smile and take us near the table, giving good service and explaining about the variety of dishes choice to make us to decide, food came with in few minutes with a freshness of flavour and tasty delicious food at high standard,especially set menu are offering all sort of shivalli food with starter,main course and dessert,the price is reasonable and value for money. I highly recommend to everyone.
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