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Candle Cafe -- a rip-off!

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Candle Cafe -- a rip-off!

jellyapple | Jan 31, 2002 04:04 PM

Recently ate at the Candle Cafe (75th & Third) and i have this to say: fuhgeddaboudit!!! The "Indian Plate" i ordered from the list of "specials" consisted of small portions of potato-eggplant curry (emphasis on the unpeeled potato), chickpeas, and designer cole slaw with a larger amount of rice. A wad of date-raisin "chutney" (more like Christmas candy) and a chapati were also included -- 14 bucks for a nickel's worth of vegetables! The same thing at Dojo on St. Mark's would've been about half the price. It was very filling, but nowhere near as good as the food at your average Indian restaurant (and way more expensive). Knowing i was being ripped off (and being squished like sardines next to other diners) did nothing to enhance the experience. My friend fared somewhat better with his tofu club sandwich (a mock-BLT, i think, and a "bargain" at $8). On the plus side, my carrot-apple-ginger juice ($3) was fine and our water glasses were promptly refilled. When the thing you like best about a restaurant is the bathroom (scented candle, flowers, seashells and pebbles, peppermint soap, glitzy wastebasket), you know you ain't comin' back!

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