I get an insane craving for this place about once a month. Both this and the Tacoma location have the best Indian food I've ever had. I'll start with the basics. The ambiance is nice. It's comfortable with cool lamps everywhere, nicely furnished. The prices are very average - $10 - $15 per entree. Their lunch buffet is a really good deal, especially if they have the Malai Kofta. The service is always very good, quick and unobtrusive.
What to order:
I've never had anything I didn't like there, but following is my dream meal at Gateway to India:
All the meals come with Lentil soup - it's yummy
Order the Spinach Naan. It's light but incredibly flavorful and is great dipped in the soup. You'll be tempted to get the cheese naan. Even though I am a big fan of cheese, I recommend going with the plain Spinach Naan. But this is a free country and do what you will. If you must have cheese, get the Spinach cheese Naan. OMG, yummy.
Appetizer Honorable Mention: The Pappadum are these super thin cracker things and they come with a cilantro chutney for only $2.50! Good deal and they're tasty.
Malai Kofta. These are vegetable dumpling sorta things (Veggie Balls) in the creamy tomato sauce that they use for the Tikka Masala. Sooooooo Good. You will think you'd rather have the murgh tikka masala (chicken tikka masala) and you will love that if you get it, but you will be missing out on the BEST meal they have - the Malai Kofta. My meat loving friends have all had order envy when they taste my veggie balls. Plus, what's not awesome about saying Veggie Balls?
Entree Honorable Mentions: The Murgh Tikka Masala is phenomenal. Tandoor Murgha is also really good, especially if you want something less rich.
Mai Tai. They make the best Mai Tai's I've ever had. They are delicious and addictive and expensive, but this is my dream meal so I'm getting two of them.
Drink Honorable Mention: They also have the best Chai Tea I've found in Gig Harbor (though Devoted Kiss is a close second.)
Other: The Spicy Pickles are weird but I love them anyway. They come in a small bowl and you can only eat like a nibble at a time because they're so strong. They help cleanse the palette and they're just a neat part of the whole experience. Also really cheap.
Rice - Most of the meals come with rice and it's very good, crave-inducing rice. It's white and perfect.
Dessert - I've never had dessert there because I'm too full but their mango pudding and pistachio ice cream sounds wonderful.
Summary - I highly recommend this place, it's one of my favorite restaurants in all of Gig Harbor :)
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