Running low on cash but tired of ordering the same burgers and wraps over and over again? Shim Tur is the answer. With food that is easy on the stomach and on the pocket, this is a great place to expand your knowledge of Korean cuisine beyond kimchi. And after the trek to the restaurant, tucked away atop a shady guesthouse in Paharganj, the meal {served with an array of side dishes} will seem even more rewarding.

Must Eat

For newbies, their kimbap or the Korean version of the sushi roll, is a good place to start. Among the meat and rice combos, the O-jing Oh Dup Bop or squid in spicy sauce stands out with its unique flavour {for the less courageous, there are chicken and pork alternatives}.

Photo source: Shim Tur

Photo source: Shim Tur

If you’re visiting with a group of people, you might want to give the sam kyup sal or Korean barbeque a try. The bibimbap, served with assorted vegetables and a generous dollop of gochujang, is an excellent option for the vegetarians. The new menu also includes a variety of soups. And if nothing appeals to you, you cannot go wrong with shin ramyun – Shim Tur’s take on good ol’ instant noodles.

Must Drink

Apart from the regular soft drinks, the menu offers a Korean green tea. However, if you’re looking to get into higher spirits, the place also serves soju {Korean rice wine} and beer.

What We Loved

From the relaxed vibe to the friendly staff, everything spells comfort at Shim Tur. Look around and you’ll see walls covered with photographs of visitors and regulars from all over. The air-conditioned indoor space has traditional seating with cushions and low tables. The music in the background sounds like an 80s pop mix tape and will not interrupt your conversation at any point.

For the quieter ones among you, there is a bookshelf. And most importantly, there’s free Wi-Fi, so you can Instagram that lunch.

What Didn’t Impress Us

If you’re unfamiliar with the streets of Paharganj, finding the restaurant can be tricky. The climb up the guesthouse stairs is capable of stealing one’s appetite too. And the lack of desserts on the menu is sorely disappointing for people with a sweet tooth.

What Is The Best Time To Visit?

Shim Tur is a good option at any point on a weekday. However, evenings are more fun, especially with the fairy lights in the outdoor area.

#LBBTip

Learn how to say annyeong-haseyo {hello in Korean} so you can reply like a pro when greeted with this phrase. Do not expect wooden/bamboo chopsticks, as Koreans traditionally eat with metal ones.

Where: 3 F, Navrang Guest House, Tooti Galli, Main Bazaar, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: R K Ashram

Contact: +91 9810386717

Price: INR 600 for two {without alcohol}

Timings: 10am – 11pm

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Featured photo: Poulomi Paul