We've been coming to Shiva for years now, and I've always been very satisfied with their quality food, good service and reasonable prices.
The small restaurant on Reguliersdwarsstraat is warm, inviting and cozy. Large and colorful painted scenes from India adorn the walls, and delightful Indian ragas surround you with the sounds of sitar and tabla, setting the scene for your meal.
On our last visit we ordered the Onion Bahji appetizer, delicious little fritters with herbs and spices, and another appetizer of Chicken Pakora, battered & fried chicken pieces served with a tasty tomato/onion chutney.
Our main courses of salmon curry (the fresh fish of the day) was good, but a special order of Prawns Bhuna was even better. I always love bhuna, as it's more spicy than most curries, and sometimes I can almost hallucinate from some spice in bhuna (nutmeg perhaps?).
The food was accompanied by a lovely Cote Du Rhone (16 euros), and an order of paratha (fresh bread, like a nan). The entire bill including wine came to 56 euros, not bad for a wonderful filling Indian feast for two.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-01-09 14:15:55 My Score: Shiva has been recently refurbished and the restaurant looks great. The food is also still fab and the service fast and friendly. Finally, it is also good value for money.
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-10-10 11:07:37 My Score: I recently visited this restaurant, and was very disappointed with the quality of food and overall service. My advice is be prepared to speak English or Hindi, as they struggle with their Dutch, and ask as many questions as possible about what you're ordering, as they tend to miss a lot things out. :(
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-07-25 18:22:30 My Score: Possibly one of the best dinners in Amsterdam for me, since 1995.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-11-28 04:56:07 My Score: I really enjoy this place every time I visit. It has a lovely soothing ambiance, the staff are friendly and welcoming and the food delicious.
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-29 07:07:37 My Score: