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suzanne | Mar 12, 2003 07:44 PM

I can never resist trying something that sounds like a new cuisine--or at least a variant on a cuisine that I haven't tried. So I was delighted to hear about Indian Oasis by way of my husband's Indian colleague.

Indian Oasis serves Thai and Chinese food in a style that is aimed at an Indian clientele. Its sort of like Tangra, only more Thai than Chinese. We were the only non-Indians in the place.

The restaurant is on a the south side of the Horace Harding in what I guess is Bayside, or thereabouts. Its nicely decorated in suburban chinese restaurant style except for a very dominant statue of Ganesh when you enter. We were served by a very eager to please Indian young waitress.

When you arrive they put a dish of kimchee on the table for you to nibble. I thought it was some indian dish similar to kimchee, but I overheard an Indian customer ask what it was an was told it was kimchee.

Our meal was pleasant and interesting, but I wasn't wowed. I had a nice chicken soup, with lots of coriander and lemon grass, a green papaya salad that was ok but not memorable, and a main course of pompano in a red chili sauce that was good, but not to go into ecstasy over. The best thing was the dessert which was a date pancake with ice cream.

Maybe I've been living in Queens too long, and have become jaded when it comes to ethnic dining. Our Indian friend raves over this place, so I'll probably give it another try. I would love to know if anyone else has tried this place, or is an afficianado of this style of cooking, and could give me a little more insight. Was is only okay, and only worth trying for novelty value, or should I go back and try something else?

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