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Review: Darbar, Branford, CT


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Review: Darbar, Branford, CT

stormshadow | | Aug 8, 2008 09:40 PM

I think I still smell like curry powder....

I took my wife out to Darbar this evening to try Indian food for the first time. This place was a real let-down. We were led to our table the moment we walked in and given ample time to look over the menu. Not knowing what to get, my wife and I decided to split an appetizer of various vegetarian fried foods. It was like eating fair food--not much different. The seasoning was bland. I was expecting a fiery jolt.

For our entree, my wife ordered the chicken patia, I the Darbar grill, and an order of garlic Naan bread.

My wife's dish was considerably better than mine. It came out in a stainless steel bowl and ladle and was kind of like a chicken and gravy dish. She enjoyed it, but I think a similar result could be achieved by going to your local Boston Market, chopping up some roast chicken and smothering it with gravy then dumping in some curry powder.

My dish consisted of various meats roasted in the Tandoor oven. I don't know if this place is a good representation of Tandoor cooking, but all the meats I had (lamb, shrimp and chicken) were DRY AS SAWDUST. I gave my wife a piece of the chicken and she said the same. A real disappointment. The dish was also topped with various raw vegetables (which I did not see in the description of the dish on the menu), which included cucumber, green pepper, onion and tomato. Hence, the entree was just grilled meat with a salad on top of it with nothing to dress it up with. B O R I N G.

I might add that the waiter did not return to the table to ask us how our meal was or if I needed something else to drink, which I desperately needed to wash down my sawdust chicken.

The Naan bread was the best part of the meal.

I hope there is better Indian cuisine out there than this place. I will not return.

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