Welcome to Shanik

Meeru Dhalwala and Oguz Istif opened Shanik Restaurant, a Seattle addition to the Vij’s group of Indian restaurants, in South Lake Union.

Lunch served Monday to Friday 11:30 – 2:00 pm.
Dinner served Monday to Saturday from 5:30 pm.

Shanik has a lounge where guests are served complimentary Indian hors d’oeuvres (all of which are Meeru’s original recipes) and can enjoy expertly selected wines and local beers. Shanik also has a market where you can buy packaged curries, spices, chapati, cookbooks, and wine to pair with your take out dinner.

Shanik is a modern Indian restaurant that serves Meeru’s personal Indian cuisine which is creative and daring, yet comforting. We invite our customers into a version of India that is not intimidating, cliché, or a rehashing of what is traditionally marketed as Indian. Our restaurant is the same version of Indian that Meeru is: North American in lifestyle and attitude, while rooted in Indian heritage and cuisine. We take pride in making our own yogurt, paneer and ghee, as well as; sifting, grinding, and roasting our spices in-house. Our open kitchen is designed specifically so our diners can experience the warmth of our cooks, and signifies a sharing of heats.

Oguz Istif has worked with Vij’s for eight years and brings strong business acumen combined with strength in front-of-house service that reflects traditional Turkish hospitality. Oguz’s Turkish background lends an exotic touch of Turkish culture and its nuances to Shanik’s ambiance and cuisine.

Our color theme for Shanik is Blue-Gold. This was very important when designing the ambiance and personality of Shanik. Blue is the color of both the Himalayan poppy and the Turkish evil eye that protects, gold is the color of Indian and Turkish jewelry, and blue-gold is another term for the earth’s water supply when referred to as a precious resource.