Ate at just opened Orissa in Dobbs Ferry. Owners following the recent trend in the Rivertowns of building attractive spaces for restaurants -- the place has a nice contemporary feel, like Lemon Tree down the street. A decade ago, new restaurants just threw a coat of paint on the walls.
Had 2 couples with kids, although 3 kids ate off the "kids menu" which was a nice innovation for an Indian Restaurant.
The food was really good for this price point, and markedly better than the surrounding Indians. Appetizers standouts being the Tamarind Shrimp and the non-fried Calamari (can't remember what it was called). The sauces were interesting and different from what I'm used to. Hint of heat in the Tamarind Shrimp was nice for a group with varying tolerance for spice.
The 3-type of samosas were far lighter than the usual heavy, fried baseballs of potato samosas I've come to expect elsewhere; I had stopped eating samosas, but these were nice.
My group liked all the entrees that we ordered, which is unusual. My favorite was the Gobhi and Peas -- nice to see cauliflower uncoupled from potato. Lamb in traditional curry was satisfying. My wife loved the Chicken Tikka Masala. And the garlic nan was a big hit. Had to skip dessert as kids were getting antsy.
Orissa calls itself a wine bar as well. I was delighted to see Le Chemin de Bassac Isa white there, which is made with organic grapes. It is a favorite of ours, and was a real complement to Indian food. My only complaint was that I saw another favorite, a St. Chinian red, sitting on a shelf but not on the menu. Wish I had heard more about the wines. Next time.
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