This is my third of what seems to be becoming an annual review of the most affordable and central Indian restaurant in Xi'an. To be honest, it's the ONLY decent one anywhere near the tourist radar, as the 'posh' one is quite a trek to the west.
As I've trawled my way through the menu I've discovered that the more you experiment with dishes here the greater the reward. The British 'staples' of Tikka Massala and Korma are actually the weakest elements on the menu, being a tad bland and watery, whereas the Hyderabadi Biriani, the cumin pilau and the Murgh Malai Tikka, as well as the Bhindi Masala are all delectable.
The problem, if it can be termed such, is that the restaurant is becoming more and more popular, especially with Indian tour groups, who seemingly every single day fill the place from about 7pm to around 8.30pm. I joked to the manager that he's 'gonna need a bigger restaurant' but really it's true, couples are finding it tough to get a table at times and the outdoor tables where you're shunted to don't really cut it in terms of size and comfort.
Overall though, if you can get seated and served it's huge value for money and a definite recommendation.