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“Disappointing”

Lotus Cuisine of India
Ranked #15 of 237 Restaurants in San Rafael
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Tamalpias Ave.
Description: Serving the best Indian Food in Marin County in downtown San Rafael since 1999. Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten free, all organic. Lunch Buffet, Online Take Out Ordering, Zagat rated. Ranked #1 Marin Indian Restaurant. Certified Green Business.
Reviewed March 14, 2010

Understand that this review is based on one visit and one dish. Attractive enough restaurant. Competent if harried service (Saturday night, full to capacity.) Disappointing saag paneer. Glutinous not creamy. Flavorless cheese. Slightly sweet–maybe the chef thinks Americans won’t eat it if it doesn’t have corn syrup. Could have used some fresh ginger rather than the few shreds of cilantro on top. Not even close to the best I’ve had of this dish.

$3.00 for rice. This always irks me because the ingredient is nearly free and it’s cooked by pouring a bag of rice and some water into a machine and turning it on, not by the efforts of a skilled chef. The saag, rice and a glass of wine came to $23. It wasn’t worth it.

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Reviewed January 12, 2010

If you've never had Indian food- go for the buffet- that way you can sample everything. This place has great food !

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Reviewed March 15, 2009

Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Samosas and the original Chicken Curry - extra spicy - oooh so good... We have been there several times in the last couple months. We're on a budget but going to Lotus is like a two-for-one... a journey across oceans, smells wafting from the kitchen... I imagine, if only for an hour, that I am worlds away enjoying local Indian fare... then I exit onto 4th Street and am only 5 minutes from home. Service can be a little scattered but the food is always quality. You know what to expect.

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Reviewed August 2, 2008

Lunches are good though it is a buffet...nice setting. Haven't been there to dinner.

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Reviewed July 15, 2008

It may be on the end of 4th Street closest to 101, but even with the very cool sliding roof open, we didn't hear any noise from the freeway. It was a beautiful July evening and being able to sit inside while seeing the sky above was a good omen for the meal to come.

Four of us shared eggplant, lamb kabob, and chicken dishes along with samosas and garlic naan. The brown rise is really good too with spices and other added herbs. The service and food were excellent and the noise level low enough that we could easily carry on a conversation, although all the tables around us were full.

We will definitely go there again.

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