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“Slow, disorganized service, disappointing meal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of India Grille

India Grille
3456 Naamans Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810
(302) 478-2428
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Ranked #196 of 484 Restaurants in Wilmington
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Dover, Delaware
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“Slow, disorganized service, disappointing meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

We stopped here for dinner last evening on our way home from the VF outlets in Reading, Pennsylvania. We were disappointed in our meal. We had heard this restaurant had Dosa, which is sort of an Indian Crepe, and they do, but only at the weekend lunchtime buffet. Too bad. Although we were seated and given menus promptly, it took a good fifteen minutes before the waiter came over to take our order. Now, at this time there were perhaps two other couples in the restaurant. We ordered the specialty dinner, at $19.99 per person, which was to give you a taste of a few of the items on the menu. The waiter did ask how we preferred our meals spiced. I asked for medium and my husband asked for authentic spicy. We also tried their soups, I had the tomato soup and my husband the mulligatawny. The tomato soup was bland, not spicy the way I had asked, and my husband said he had tasted better mulligatawny soup. We waited and waited, and waited, and finally our meal arrived. A metal tray was the plate for the food. In the center, a large serving of rice, bland. A small portion of some sort of dal. Mine was so spicy that I could barely eat it. I guess everyone has a different interpretation of what "medium" spicy means. There was a meat samosa on the plate that was very dry and overcooked. There were two pieces of tandoori chicken. These were "o.k.", but in my opinion tasted like it was made from the same boxed tandoori chicken spices that I make tandoori chicken with at home. It certainly did not have the taste when freshly made and the spicy yogurt taste is still mixed in with the tandoori seasonings. There was a chicken dish that had three (3) chunks of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce, again the sauce was so spicy as to be almost inedible. There was a small lamb dish as well, with 5 small chunks of chewy lamb. There was a basket of naan. We did not finish our food and asked for it to go. We waited so long for the waiter to come back with the boxes that we had our coats on, we had forgotten that the meal came with tea/coffee and dessert. The waiter said he would be "right back guys" with our dessert and teas. Ten or more minutes later the waiter came back with two teas. No milk for the tea, nor did it ever come. It was supposed to be some sort of "specialty spiced tea" but in my opinion it tasted like Constant Comment Tea. We waited again, at least fifteen more minutes, for the dessert to come. We asked for the check because it seemed that the dessert was not going to come and we were frankly tired of waiting. The restaurant by now had perhaps 7-8 couples in it, not terribly busy. No obvious reason for this much delay. Finally another waiter came out with two bowls of rice pudding. They were ok. We finished that, and thought that if we stood up we would actually get the check in a timely fashion. Yes, the hostess practically ran over with the check when we stood up. Disappointing and slow. Though we really want dosas, I don't think we would make the trip up here again for it.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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South Pole
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“Delicious find in North Wilmington”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

Driving by, we saw the Bank of America and entered the center, whereupon we noticed the India Grille and checked out the menu. It looked good, and more importantly, smelled good even standing outside.

We had a house salad, Navaratan Korma, Chicken Curry, and Lamb Kadai, plus iced tea (unsweetened). The salad was good, but in my view brought down by the reliance on iceberg lettuce (rather than one with flavor, such as romaine). The staff were very pleasant, and the waiter chatted with us to help select dishes and appropriate spicy level.

Complimentary papadums with mint and tamarind chutney were served before the meal. The papadums were crisp and fresh. The chutneys were both good, but the mint was flat and tasted jarred (so few places make their own).

The Navaratan Korma had a mild, smooth sauce that my partner enjoyed very much (I'd have preferred more spices). It had an assortment of vegetables, and surprisingly, lychees. It was a good compliment to the lamb and chicken dishes.

The Chicken Curry seemed the spiciest, despite being the same level (#4) as the lamb. The sauce was thick and very flavorful. From the way they described it on the menu, I was afraid they would make it bland, but need not have been concerned.

The Lamb Kadai had tomatoes, onions, and long, luscious slivers of wonderful ginger. A well-executed dish.

The iced tea was fresh and nicely brewed, not too tannic.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wilmington, Delaware
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Indian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

Heard many bad reviews about this restaurant but it continues to confuse how a good restaurant could get so many bad reviews. i enjoyed eating at this restaurant and it has yet to fail me. Lunch buffet is always a great deal and take out is always speedy and delicious. I hop this will help people who had never been to this restaurant and hopefully you will try this restaurant out.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bear, Delaware
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“great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

we went there on our trip to the east coast last week. everything was great, but the buffet was a little cold. great service, beautiful atmosphere

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
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“Do the buffet for a great value + made to order entrees also good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2009

We eat here four or five times a year and we've never been disappointed. It's close by, and close to all the shopping on Concord Pike. We usually do the lunch buffet. For $9.95 it's a fantastic deal for good Indian food. It's a small buffet-- about 4 different meat entrees plus a vegeterian option or two. A little salad, a little dessert, and nan bread is always there. Everything is always very good. You can get Mango Lassi and other specialty drinks.

We've had made to order dinners here as well, and we were very happy with them. Of course it costs more, but you have lots more choices. The service here is very good-- very polite waiters.

We love eating food from all over the world. This place allows us to have our hearts' content for just a touch more than fast food. It's quiet and peaceful in here. It's in a humble little setting in a strip mall without much atmosphere. This is fine with us. We'd rather pay for the food than atmosphere. No reservations, no crowds, and we always leave very satisfied.

Note: Lunch Buffets end at 2:30pm. They then close until Dinner begins about 5pm, which is made to order, no buffet.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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