At Pakwan, the keema naan (tender, fresh bread stuffed with spiced, mince meat) and palak paneer (pureed spinach with chunks of Indian cheese) are not to be missed. I also think they do a pretty good job with the biriyani and chicken tikka. But, be warned, it is all spicy. Going there with our young fry we had to bring back-up snacks because all but the naan was too hot for them.
The most compelling reason to go to Shalimar are the tandoori lamb chops. They are thick, meaty and liberally spiced. The perfect accompaniment is a cold, cold beer. And they are conveniently, BYOB (as is Pakwan) so you can grab your favorite brew and bring it with. The heat level is a little more gentle here so the kids were able to eat more of the dishes. Neither place really has ambiance to speak of so if you come with loud kids (or the equivalent, drunk friends) rest assured no one will raise an eyebrow. And, of course, they are both open late. But I’m happy to report they taste great even if you are there at 5:30pm. Which is of course when you might run into me!