Food is 3 stars, but service is decidedly 5 stars... so I'll compromise with a 4!
I have been here several times for the lunch buffet over the years, but this was my first time time for dinner, and the service we received was fantastic.
We arrived just before 6 p.m. on a Sunday evening and were given a choice between the patio or inside. We chose to dine inside and were seated immediately. The waiter even pulled out my chair and placed my napkin across my lap, which is rare these days outside of a fancy restaurant.
We started with the Chef's Platter appetizer ($9.95) which contained a large vegetable samosa, vegetable pakoras, tandoori chicken and lamb bites. The tandoori chicken was great, and I will likely order an entire entree of it next time. The skin was crispy without being breaded - really flavorful. I had never eaten pakoras before, but I'm now a fan. They were light and crunchy yet still contained distinct vegetable flavor. Two small samosas would have been preferred, but we were able to cut the large one in half without creating too much mess. While the platter was suggested for two, it could have easily fed four. We finished the whole plate, nonetheless.
For our entrees we decided to share the Prawn Masala ($15.95) and Chicken Vindaloo ($13.95), Onion Kulcha (similar to naan - $3.95), and Mattar Pullao (basmati rice - $3.95). The masala sauce was very thick and flavorful, but the shrimp (I'm pretty sure these were shrimp and not actually prawns) were a little tough, as if they had been cooked about a minute too long. However, they were very large and fresh. I ended up eating spoonfuls of the sauce after we'd finished the shrimp. It was THAT good.
Chicken Vindaloo is a staple for my husband at Indian restaurants, and he enjoyed it very much. The chicken was tender and the sauce was on point, but despite the fact we were warned twice that it was "very spicy," we didn't notice any overwhelming spice. In fact, we both agreed it could have used a bit more.
We ordered the Onion Kulcha at the recommendation of our server, when we asked him which naan was his favorite.The Onion Kulcha was very good, but not really what we were expecting. We were thinking it would be like a naan with onions grilled into the bread, but instead it was more of a naan quesadilla, and every square inch of the bread was stuffed with sweet grilled onions. Really tasty and a bit greasy (in the best way possible), but not exactly a perfect substitute when you're craving a doughy, flaky naan. We'll order one of the traditional naan varieties next time.
I usually have nothing noteworthy to say about rice and I was initially annoyed to learn that rice was not included in the cost of our dishes, but Bombay's Mattar Pullao was sooo aromatic and fragrant and definitely worth the extra charge. There was a nice large cinnamon stick tucked down inside the bowl, and the dish was topped with green peas.
Throughout the meal, the servers were quick to refill our water glasses without us having to ask, and they stopped by several times to make sure we were enjoying everything we'd ordered. When we were finished eating, they were quick to clear our dishes and offer us a hot towel for our hands and mouth. I'm not sure why but this impressed me very much. I can't remember the last time I was offered a hot towel at any restaurant. As we were presented with the bill, we were also given a gratis bowl of pistachio ice cream and two spoons, which was another unexpected surprise. They must have known we were discussing whether or not to head to Cloud 10 for dessert. The ice cream was sooo tasty (Blue Bell, maybe?) and the portion was just enough to satisfy our post-dinner sweet tooth, and was definitely a welcomed treat.
One more thing worth mentioning is that we saw a couple of patio diners with their dogs leashed up beside them. I am a big fan of any place that is dog-friendly, so this is a big plus for me. We will be back very soon!
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