When you're a newly reminted bachelor and working 1,500 miles from home the holidays can be rough. But, when you've got two friends also in the metroplex from California who are also suffering the holiday blues you've got the makings of a nice silver lining.
Gathered my friends up and went looking for an open restaurant at 8pm on Christmas Eve, not the easiest thing to do in Dallas if you don't want fast food. After, much driving around and trying to get my friends to commit to a restaurant ended up at the Richardson Fox & Hound -- figured how could you mess up a burger and let's down a holiday beer. But, two minutes before we walked in the door the kitchen had closed. So we wandered across the parking lot to Mumtaz.
When we arrived there was a party of about 25 Indian people gathered up (the owner's friends and family) and we were seated on the other side of the room. The place is well lit, and clean and my friends quickly settled in while occasionally watching some good looking women dancing in a Bollywood production on a TV.
I ordered the Vindaloo (spicy, just the way I requested it), one friend ordered goat curry (milder) and the third friend stuck with a Chai tea. Flatbread was fresh and nicely made. And the two entrees were, both, very good. Total bill for two entrees, bread, and two drinks was $34. Which is perfectly reasonable. Though, if you're looking for a bargain I understand they run cut rate buffets on Mondays or Tuesdays.
After one meal, it's hard to give a definite "yes" or "no" on a place, but they made a fine first impression and I expect to go back to see if they are consistently delicious. Based on last night, I recommend them.
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