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Origin India in Las Vegas: Outstanding!


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Origin India in Las Vegas: Outstanding!

Steve Green | | Oct 16, 2007 10:57 PM

We had heard about this place from a local, and saw a couple of mentions on this board. Up to now, since we’d only found below-average Indian food in Las Vegas, we decided it was time to give this place a try.

Before ordering, we were given a plate of nice papadums with cilantro and tamarind sauces. We opted for the non-vegetarian tasting menu --$70 for two; additional persons @ $35 each. Way more food than we could handle, and amazing quality.

We had a choice of soup or salad, so we started out with mulligatawny and tomato/cilantro soups. They both were quite tasty and flavorful, but the tomato/cilantro was a bit too spicy-hot for either of us (we do like spicy food, but this was almost incendiary). Fortunately, everything that followed was just about right in spiciness. Next came appetizers: Southern Grilled Fish—which was mildly spiced sole, and Kodi Vepudu--“chicken tenders in mustard sauce”. The mustard was just an ingredient, not a prominent flavor—which was fine with us. These were both great dishes, and would have made excellent entrees.

Next came mint chicken --from the tandoor--mildly spiced and incredibly tender, and Lamb Boti Kebab --spiced, apparently marinated tender chunks of lamb, and a plateful of breads—regular naan, garlic naan, and paratha --sort of a layered bread. All very good.

On to the main course: Chicken Makhani (aka Butter Chicken), although we were given a choice of various chicken and lamb dishes. We’re huge fans of the butter chicken at our favorite Indian place, Amber India in Mountain View, CA--this is the first butter chicken that’s come close. Excellent, deep flavor. The menu said we also got rice, but they instead brought Lamb Biriyani, which seemed to be more of a lamb/spicy-rice main course—very good as well.

Finally, dessert. They brought out a trio: Mango Kulfi—think of the richest ice cream you’ve ever had, triple the butter, and flavor it with fresh mango, and you’ll be pretty close--just luscious. Then a sort of corn pudding—this was only soso. Lastly, Beets Halwa—the surprise of the evening. When the waiter told us the name, we were naturally skeptical of a beet dessert. It was one of the better desserts we’ve ever had. Along with the beets, there was a fair amount of butter, brown sugar, dried fruits, some kind of ground nut, and various other ingredients we can’t remember. Rich and addictive, very complex flavors.

As we were paying the check, we told the waiter we planned to write about the restaurant in Chowhound. The couple at the next table overheard this—it turned out it was fellow ‘Hound and frequent poster “Janet of Reno” and her husband!

Overall, great food, pleasant, upscale décor, friendly and very attentive service, and a real bargain—we were stuffed and brought lots of food home. Next time we’ll try the vegetarian tasting menu at $60 for two. Although we’re still stuffed, we are already looking forward to the next visit.