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Rangoli - Review

Fwagra | | Feb 23, 2006 03:16 PM

Three of us went there on a Tuesday night. The place was empty. It filled to 50% through the night.

The food was standard Indian fare. At almost $60 pp with no wine or beer, it's overpriced. Not surprising; it's in a high-rent zone.

The appetizers were okay to good, but very small. The portions were just too darn small. Half of the plate was filled with the same annoying and useless carpet of shredded cabbage and carrots. If I want cole slaw, I'll go to Pancer's. Samosas were large and doughy, but tasty enough. Shrimp appetizer was good, but there were only 4 or 5 small shrimps.

Main dishes were better portioned, but, again, standard fare. Butter chicken was the usual fluorescent red stuff. Lamb vindaloo was nice with good kick; the lamb pieces were generally but not altogether good.

They have a weird habit of garnishing their standard Indian dishes with North American fruit. I think it is their attempt at novelty or originality, but it fails. It's a stupid gimmick, to me. For example, I found a raspberry in the chicken korma. Another dish was garnished with sliced plum. Apple was found in the butter chicken. WTF?

Eggplant lacked the smokiness and deep flavour one treasures in Indian eggplant.

One delcious standout: garlic kulcha; nan, stuffed with fresh garlic and coriander. Really nice.

Service was friendly.

I won't go back. It's buffet fare, and nothing more. And, I want more.

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