I stopped in this restaurant to get a take out order. I picked up a menu from the top of a stack of menus and noticed that it appeared to be really old as it was literally falling apart and was not that clean. I almost left at that point but the restaurant itself looked clean so I decided to give it a try. The young man was very friendly and helpful when I asked about the difference between the tikka masala and korma dish. While I was waiting for my food, I took the opportunity to look at a newspaper article and at numerous plaques on the wall. The article was very favorable but was from January 1997! The plaques reflected that the restaurant had been voted a "Best of" award numerous consecutive years but the dates went from 2002 to 2008. I also noted that there was only one table of two eating. To be fair, it was a Wednesday and only 5pm so that would help explain the lack of customers.
I had ordered chicken tandoori, lamb korma, and naan. The tandoori was really disappointing. The meat was not at all tender and it was bland. The naan was just ok. The korma was the one redeeming feature - the meat was tender and the dish was spiced perfectly. I do wish they had been a bit more generous with the lamb though, especially as this order ended up costing over $30.00.
This restaurant seems to be a once popular place that has been sliding downhill. I would order the lamb korma again and perhaps try another dish like the tiki masala but I don't feel a strong urge to go back. I think this owner needs to at least invest in some new menus and get rid of the 1997 news article (they keep a stack of these near the menu). Also, they should not let tough, bland chicken leave their kitchen. They are sadly living off of past glories, the most recent being 5 years ago. They need to figure out how to consistently produce high quality dishes so that their customers will once again vote them "Best of".
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