Originally an Indian sweet shop, Sharmilee opened on the busy Belgrave Road in Leicester in 1973 and has gone from strength to strength since. The popularity of the shop encouraged the family to open a restaurant on the lower level of the store, now a popular hub for vegetarians. Just by Cossington Recreational Ground, Shermilee is easily accessible and close to plenty of housing, making this a great choice if you’re nearby and don’t want to travel far for some tasty food.
Sharmilee has a fresh looking exterior, with a cream sign and large windows facing the street outside. The interiors are bright and welcoming, with vibrant orange and white chairs that create a lively ambience, great for families looking for a fun meal. The friendly staff are flexible and willing to cater to any group size, whether you’re after a romantic meal for two or want to bring a group for a celebratory meal.
The food served here is exclusively vegetarian, but don’t let this put you off as it’s loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The dishes make use of seasoned vegetables alongside paneer cheese, creating dishes that are out of the ordinary. Starters include fun dishes including a Cauliflower Lollipop that’s great for kids alongside a deep-fried Paneer Pakora stuffed with a special chutney, sure to impress. A wide choice of vegetable and paneer curries are on offer as main courses, with a Dhal Fry lentil-based dish in a thick sauce or a Palak Paneer, a simple spinach and cheese dish. The menu explores different regions of India, with a South Indian section as part of the menu, offering authentic Dhosa, crispy pancakes filled with a choice of ingredients. If you don’t fancy Indian food, Chinese dishes are also on the menu, including spicy Szechwan Noodles. An extensive beer and spirits menu ensures that anyone who wants a drink can have one, making this a great choice if you fancy staying for a few drinks after your meal.
For fantastic vegetarian food just outside of the city centre, we recommend Sharmilee in Leicester. The menu is varied and plentiful and the staff are welcoming to all, making this a great choice whatever the occasion.