We compare Indian food in Orange County with Indian food in Jakarta and Singapore where we spend most of our time. We visited Natraj for dinner and ordered an old favorite, butter chicken, or chicken makhni as it was called on the menu. We were surprised to find that all of the cuts in the curry were dark meat, and one or two of them were tough. We asked the waiter why there was only dark meat, and he replied that jt is routine: chicken makhni is dark meat-only, and chicken masala is white meat only. Not sure who established the routine. We've never heard of it before. Also, we are used to butter naan or cheese naan, but they were not on the menu. So we ordered plain naan and of course could not eat the saffron rice that comes with every meal. The rice was only slightly yellow, indicating there was very little saffron in it. The naan was good but not very good. The paratha was enormous but not as tasty as we had hoped. Service was very good and friendly. The decoration is pleasant but basic. There were many customers both eating at tables and buying take-out. We are aware that we had only the butter chicken. Perhaps the other dishes are delicious, but we would have to rate the taste of our butter chicken as poor and the naan as better than average. Considering these disappointments modified by the friendly and very good service, our experience was average.
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