Restaurant Name: Shaukin Indian Fast Food
Location: 3401-A Fairfield Court Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 471-8102
Hours: Tue-Fri & Sun: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sat: 12:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Mon: Closed
Review: I heard about Shaukin, I think, in the paper some time ago. What I had heard was that it was Indian fast food. This was intriguing to me. However, I never got around to trying it until just recently.
Shaukin advertises that they offer traditional roadside food of India. I’m not the most experienced eater of Indian food I’ll admit, but I do think this is something unique to our area. Shaukin is located in what used to be a hot dog shop, and it is carry out only so if you are looking for a sit down restaurant, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for something quick to take home, this may be for you.
I really like that they have a website, and they actually keep it updated, which is pretty unusual for restaurants. It has their complete menu, hours, location, and news available. Really helps when you have no idea what they have to have that menu online. (More restaurants need to do that.)
We had no idea what was what on the menu. Literally, we were lost so we just basically closed our eyes and took a guess. We started with the curry chicken and rice, which is a pretty safe bet. Chicken in Indian gravy served with rice. It was pretty good. I think it could have been a little spicier.
Then, to branch out, they have a menu called “Chaat.” I have no idea what that means, so we went with the Chaat platter, so we could give several things a try. The platter comes with 5 different chaat choices. Upon arriving home, I spent a lot of time looking at the menu and tasting the different foods. It was a waste of time, because I never did figure out what was what. I really liked two of them pretty well. One was good but extremely spicy. (That’s what I get for complaining about the curry chicken.) And two I didn’t really care for at all. My husband did not like any of them, so I’m guessing this has more to do with our own tastes than the quality of the food.
We also ordered some Indian bread, which was different than the usual Naan we get from other places. It was okay, but mostly just a flatbread kind of bread. I’m not really a big fan. (I like the naan.)
Overall, I think it’s a nice addition to the south side and I hope it can stick around for a while. I am sure we’ll go back; I’m anxious to try the Indian Movie Theatre Foods.
Kid friendly: Yes.
Cost: Pretty cheap, I didn’t see anything over $5.