Last night we went to Neela’s in Napa for dinner. Napa has a dearth of good Asian cuisine and I wanted to give this relatively new Indian restaurant a try. It was disappointing.
Service was slow. There was a large party and it took an inordinate amount of time to get our food (they were apologetic and comped a couple of the appetizers to make up for it). When the food finally arrived it came all at once which I did not like.
Here is what we ate:
Dahl: I was really in the mood or dahl. This was maybe the worst version I can remember eating. Watery, overcooked and extremely bland, it reminded us of cafeteria food.
Lasoon Jininga Shrimp: Looked delicious. But looks can be deceiving. The shrimp were undercooked and rubbery and did not pair well with the seasonings.
Beet and mint salad: Very good. The mint perfectly complemented the sweetness of the beets in a way I would not have imagined. Very satisfying.
Eggs with yogurt sauce: One of us thought this was disappointing but I thought at least it tasted good although it was a bit bland.
Lamb vindaloo: Very Good. The lamb was very tender and the sauce was good. The sauce was redolent with tamarind flavor and was spicy.
Assorted bread basket: Heavy and greasy. So saturated with fat that the bread was almost completely translucent.
This is the same restaurant Michael Bauer reviews in today’s chronicle and gives 3 stars. Bauer also claims this is “lighter and brighter” Indian food which I wholeheartedly disagree with. We ate about the same amount of food we usually eat at Ajanta in Berkeley, but afterwards our systems felt sickened and overloaded with fat.
975 Clinton Street, Napa, CA 94669