I had to go to Carson this am, and since I was going there to do a tremendous favor for a friend, she offered to take me out to lunch anywhere I wanted...so I chose this new Indian place. I guess my preliminary review is mixed, but I do plan on going back (more on why later...).
The restaurant is in one of the strip malls on the main drag; east side of the street, about a block north of Winnie Lane. My friend tells me it used to be a Godfather's Pizza. First impressions were nice; the space is attractive and very, very clean. We both opted for the buffet (I only had 40 minutes or so before I had to head back to Reno). Although the place was empty when we walked in at 11:40, by the time we left around 12:15 it was packed. Surprising, because it is a large space for an Indian restaurant. I guess that says something.
All of the food tasted fresh and looked good. The Pakoras looked particularly good, and the chutneys were delicious. (mint, tamarind, and onion). However, my biggest complaint is that all of the food was cold...or lukewarm at best. Not only do I feel the food should be well heated before serving, it kind of makes you wonder how long before lunch it had been prepared. Pakoras especially should be hot out of the fryer, and these weren't.
The buffet was pretty typical, although there was a little more assortment of meat dishes than the usual. There was something called Madras Chicken which looked interesting, but the chicken in it looked suspiciously like yesterday's tandoori chicken and I was nervous about my stomach because of that cold food. BTW, the tandoori chicken was the dish that least hit the mark with me....It tasted like it was baked in a traditional oven and not a tandoor, and had an odd taste of liquid smoke. However, I feel that someone there knows the tandoor, as the naan was perfect! (and brought freshly made to the table).
The reason I plan on going back (maybe next week when I have to return to Carson!) is that they had some unusual items on the menu (I didn't peruse it until I was leaving...). They have dosas, and to help my husband in his never-ending quest for good dosas I feel that I at least owe him the research...they also have some chaat items, including pav bhaji, bhel puri, and the like. Heck, its worth a shot!
More to come.... I guess I give it a B-. Not worth the drive from Reno, but if the bhel puri and/or the dosas are any good it will be. The service was excellent and very friendly, btw.
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