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“Waited 40 minutes for appetizer...”
Review of Tulsi

Tulsi
Ranked #15 of 72 Restaurants in Kittery
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Beautiful inside, service EXTREMELY slow, food OK, left disappointed. First, when we arrived to a nearly empty restaurant, we had to wait several minutes for the hostess to come and greet us because she was busy talking with the bartender, both of whom knew we were waiting. Not a great first impression. Then it took 40 minutes to wait for appetizer and total of 55 minutes for the entrees. When the appetizer came, there was only half of if on the plate while the other half was onion bhaji. The waiter explained that the "kitchen" noticed that they were out of spinach half way through. So rather than come to tell us this, they told us 40 minutes into our wait AND while they were serving the actual dish. We waited 55 minutes for our actual meal, half of which was lukewarm - it had clearly been waiting under a warming light for some time. And the dish wasn't even great(the okra dish). Chicken in the tikka masala was dry. Other tables who came after us left far ahead of us. So I guess you might have a chance of being served faster than we were. I guess this place is a gamble.

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1  Thank leapinlizards
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Chicken korma was nutty, subtle, among the best I’ve had. Palak paneer was delicate, excellent, its spinach retaining some texture, some crunch. Pork vindaloo was fiery and intense, wonderful. The décor was warm and welcoming, and our leftovers were packaged with care. However the rice was overcooked, there was a layer of rendered fat covering our lamb, the service was indifferent, and I prefer my mango lassis chilled. Most troubling was the heavy handed use of whole spices, which in my opinion distracted and detracted from the subtleties and balance of otherwise excellently prepared dishes.

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3  Thank JPankratz
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We live 56 miles from Tulsi, so our previous visit was made as we returned from a trip to Southern New England. But this visit was made from our home with Tulsi as the destination and a visit to Nubble Light as a side-trip diversion.

We are generally practicing vegans but restaurants seldom offer vegetarian dishes let alone vegan ones. However, this was not a problem for us at Tulsi. They have several vegetarian dishes on the menu, and each that we have tried as been a taste treat. I have never cared for okra, but the way Chef Mandekar prepares it results in a dish I actually consciously choose from the menu.

Our service was good and did not rush us even though there was a line forming by the time we finished dinner. We also enjoyed bottle of Zinfandel with our meal that went well with the dishes we selected to be medium spiced.

Looking forward to our next visit to Tulsi

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1  Thank Doug W
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Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to try something new and we heard about this local restaurant. This place is amazing! The food was so good and the service was on point. Nice atmosphere and reasonable prices. We will definitely make more trips to our new tasty spot.

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2  Thank lboogie757
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

The moment my friends and i entered this place, i knew this place couldn't be owned or managed by an Indian. the interiors which poorly mix Hindu culture with Buddhism and put a bar across some of the deity pictures is not how Indians decorate their restaurants. It is indeed highly offensive to see god sculptures where people are drinking or having non-veg food.

Secondly, the 'limited' menu has so many spelling mistakes - which shows the restaurant owner's lack of understanding Indian dishes at the first place. Either there was a fire or the owner got too excited to start the restaurant that she forgot to learn Indian recipes at the first place.

Third, never have food at this place. If anyone associated with this restaurant is reading this, lassis are sweet!! We had to ask the waiter twice to sweeten our lassi and ultimately, request sugar in a bowl. Paneer Makkhanwala does not have exactly the same gravy as Paneer Kadhai. Btw, your menu spells it as Paneer Kadhi. Daal – the only one yellow daal you serve is bland.

Fourth, open a restaurant, good. Now, learn some basic etiquettes. The lady (same who welcomed us) filling up our glasses of water held them from top. First rule of in hotel management for holding glasses – hold them from bottom. No one is interested to kiss the germs in your hands.

Fifth, time for deserts. But wait, there aren’t any! A so-called speciality Indian restaurant does not have any Indian deserts to offer! If the money is good from main course and drinks; why bother! Right?!

Overall, being an Indian, it’s a disgrace to see or eat at this place. Some people just don’t understand what it takes to serve a particular type of food. You got to be in love with the culture, the flavors, the recipes and then; you will be able to do justice to your own work.

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2  Thank kumark74
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