First, what Satyam proclaims itself as being: Indian, Vegetarian food, authentic. What it is: a very watered down, semi-authentic, Vegetarian, Indian restaurant. To be honest, this is what people with little experience of actual good, Indian vegetarian food think good Indian vegetarian food is like. For an Indian, from India (which I am), the food was not very tasty, had very little spice (or salt) and is what I would describe as just about acceptable, for the price paid (not cheap)
We (my wife and I) visited this restaurant, we ordered two vegetables, chapati and samosa and pakoda, stressing that we would like the food "very spicy". The Samosa and pakoras were almost sweet, the vegetables ("sabji's") were missing some spices and had too much of others, and in general, were edible but felt like food for those on a "sick" diet (i.e. hospital food in India), in terms of spice and salt. The vegetables come with a good quantity of rice, but none of them tasted very good; the "mixed veg." dish tasted like boiled vegetables with tomato sauce, and the "sarson ka saag" (in addition to having pieces of paneer, strangely) tasted like a distant cousin to the actual dish. The "raita", ordered as an afterthought, tasted very much like diluted sweet yogurt, with pieice of onion floating in it (not many other vegetables could be discerned!).
The service was acceptable, but never rose above it (the guy who provided us additional spoons and cups asked to tell him if we wanted anything else, in terms of cutlery, "right away"!).
Overall, this is not a place I would recommend to people who are looking for authentic Indian vegetarian food; especially for visiting Indians, this is not a place I would recommend. For those who are in the neighborhood and are desperately seeking Vegetarian options, this is not a bad place. But be warned, it is not cheap. I really like the idea, a vegetarian, Indian restaurant in (meat-heavy) Berlin; execution, however, leaves too much to be desired.
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