Those who read my reviews of Indian restaurants outside India and London are familiar with what I think of them. They are a black mark on the rich Indian cuisine and have nothing to do with Indian cuisine. They are fake, generic, and cannot think beyond chicken tikka and bad service.
Great India is one of the few exceptions. It is perhaps because it is owned and managed by Rakesh who is a Gujarati, and not one of those North Indians who have no clue about creativity and service. There was an item under starters called Aloo Set. I had never heard of this item, and asked Rakesh. he explained it is a relatively unknown dish outside of Gujarati households. We ordered it, and it was delicious. Next, the veg kofta was refreshingly devoid of heavy cream and cottage cheese. It was made of diced vegetables the way it is made in Indian homes. We knew right away we were in the right place. However to be fair, the naan and the rotis were limp. But nonetheless, the dishes were so good, we did not mind the limp breads.
One of my pet peeves against Indian restaurants is that they cannot get a simple cuppa of Indian masala chai right. Unfortunately the same is true here. And no wonder, because Rakesh admitted that the tea is brewed at 5pm for the entire evening, and then kept all evening and night waiting to be served. I guess even Rakesh has no clue about a good cup of fresh, piping hot Indian tea!
Lastly, a bit of sneakiness crept through that was not appreciated. We were hardly seated, and Rakesh offered papads and chutneys for the table saying that is the standard procedure. Since most Indian restaurants offer this in the beginning, we nodded our heads. When we got the bill, we were shocked to see almost 10 dollars charged for this! This was definitely sneaky!
None of the curry nonsense here. This is a real Indian restaurant in spite of a couple of flaws, most probably the best in Wellington. The service all round was warm, inviting and informative, which cannot be said of most Indian restaurants.
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