India Curry House

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“Best East Indian Cuisine on the Island”, is what it says on India Curry House’s website.

Any time a restaurant proclaims themselves as being the best, I just have to go see for myself if that’s true.

After arriving for our 6:30 pm reservation, my friend Mark and I were seated right away.

My first impression of the restaurant was that it was smaller than I thought it would be. As the restaurant is set off the street a bit, you don’t really get a sense of how big it is.

Maybe it’s the fact that there are no windows that makes it feel a bit small, but they do have nice bright colours on the walls to help brighten up the place.

 

Inside India Curry House

Inside India Curry House

When we sat down, I felt a little cramped as our table was right next to another one, with just a piece of glass hanging from the ceiling to separate us.

It wasn’t a huge deal, but the glass did get hit from time to time and rattled around which I didn’t really like.

Anyway, it seems we may have come on a busy night, as it took twenty minutes for anyone to come to our table to ask us what we wanted to eat or drink.

Not a great way to start the night, but I thought I would give them a chance to redeem themselves.

When our server finally came to our table, we ordered the “Vegetable Samosas with Chutney” ($6) for an appetizer.

I really like Samosas and so I thought this would be a good test to see how theirs’ compared to other ones I’ve had.

 

 

Vegetable Samosa Indian appetizers Victoria

Vegetable Samosa

When I took a bite, I really liked the crisp pastry on the outside.

The filling was spiced mashed potatoes mixed with peas and cumin. Though there was nothing wrong with the Samosa, I’m used to having more in the filling.

I like more peas, some carrots, maybe some onions, and more spicing. These Samosas seemed a bit plain to me.

For my main course, I decided to go with the traditional”Butter Chicken” ($16).

I ordered mine mild because I don’t have a big tolerance for heat, but you can order yours medium or hot if you prefer.

 

 

Chicken curry Indian food in Victoria

Butter Chicken

Don’t forget to order a side of rice as it doesn’t come with it. I ordered the “Rice Pilaf” ($4) which came with peas mixed in.

This dish tasted good. There was nothing wrong with it, but I have had this many times and it didn’t blow me away or anything. And, for a total of $20, I didn’t think this butter chicken was one with the greatest value.

I was anticipating this “wow” moment based on the restaurant saying it was the best East Indian cuisine on the island but I never got it.

Mark ordered the “Masala Dosa” ($10) which is a rice and lentil crepe served with spicy potato stuffing.

He said it was “good”, but again, not the best Dosa he had ever tasted.

 

 

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa

We also ordered “Garlic Naan Bread” ($3) as a side order to accompany our meals. This is usually my favourite side dish when eating at an Indian restaurant.

Unfortunately I have to say this was my least favourite dish of the day.

First of all, there was just a little bit of garlic butter brushed onto the bread, and second, the bread itself was burnt on the corners and was quite thin (I like my Naan nice and thick).

Finally, for dessert I ordered the “Kheer” ($8), which is rice cooked in milk with almonds and raisins. If you’ve ever had rice pudding, it’s like that.

 

 

Kheer Dessert Pudding

Kheer Dessert Pudding

This was actually a good ending to my okay evening of eating. I really enjoyed it and Mark did too.

I would like to come here again, if only to give the service another try, and try some of their other dishes to see how they compare.

Overall I would say that although I’m not sure if this is the “Best East Indian Cuisine” on the island, I would rate it as a decent place to get authentic Indian dishes.

July 10, 2014 |

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