Taj Palace served the best Indian food I can recall in this area, but some combination of a somewhat inconvenient location, a sense of formality and overpricing for Hooterville was more than they could survive. The dishes we had at Everest---palak paneer (milder than I expected), keema muttar (pleasantly hot) and rayta---were all very good, as was the chapati (the accompanying condiments were outstanding); one side of the naan was thick and a bit doughy, possibly an accident of how it landed on the oven. The $33 for the meal was perhaps a shade on the high side for the area but not outrageous; a fairly complete lunch special is more competitively priced. The menu may prove to be too expansive and eventually be trimmed back, but for the present the only thing we missed was dosas. The facility is clean and bright, done simply and acoustically very hot---a place one would eagerly go to rehearse a barbershop quartet but not for privacy---and the staff was friendly and appeared both happy to be there and competent. Wait times from 7 p.m. on a Friday at 85% occupancy were 7 minutes to see water, chapati and a menu; ordering went fairly quickly; however, it took a bit more than 45 minutes more for the meal to arrive, clearly fresh out of the cooking vessels. We ordered no appetizers but noted that they arrived in a few minutes at nearby tables, and I couldn't see the counter to look for carryout orders (which invariably delay eat-in service). The server apologized about the delivery time, which, taken with earlier reviews, suggested that they have hit their stride and that one should expect to wait closer to 30 minutes in general.
We will definitely go back---with a book of crossword puzzles (just in case)---to explore more of the menu.
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