Tried out Chutney Masala recently for lunch. Overall quite disappointing. Was expecting much better after seeing Zagat ratings and reviews on the web. Don't see myself going back...
The lunch was served in kind of a foyer-like small space on the lower level. Part of the reason we went is the main dining room looked attractive in pictures. We never even got to see it. The lunch area had only a handful of tables (and even fewer customers) and was quite drafty at times. Did not make for a very comfortable setting. Otherwise the decor was nice....I guess there is not enough traffic to warrant opening the main diningroom upstairs at lunch.
The good: The Hara-bhara kabab was very good and so were the accompanying chutneys.
The not-so-good: The samosa had a reasonable crust but the stuffing was bland and tasteless. Hardly any discernible spicing which proved to be an ongoing trend in the rest of our experience. The Sag-paneer was ok but again suffered from a lack of any spicing. I understand that this is a relatively mild dish but this was a bit extreme...
The terrible: Alu Gobhi and naan were absolutely terrible. The Alu-gobhi could barely even be identified as Indian food, just some potatoes and cauliflower tossed together in some nondescript sauce with no spicing. The naans were not properly cooked and had substantial parts that were raw and doughy, maybe cooked in a tandoor that was not hot enough.
We saw hardly any other customers (weekday between 1230 and 130 PM) and the food seemed to be dumbed down indian food. Shame, I was hoping to like the place....Maybe dinner is different..
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4 W Main St, Irvington, NY 10533
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