I met one of my old grad school friends at this place. He is indian so I figured Indian was the way to go. His wife, who had gone to U of M for her engineering degree recommended Raja Rani but I had seen this place and saw the web site, so we decided to be adventurous.
The space was nicely done, it sits in a strip mall on Washtenaw. We greeted each other and went through the pretty extensive menu. We settled on samosas, methu vada, a lentil based doughtnut with sambur and a couple of sauces, Gilaffi Kebab, a chicken dish that was the house specialty and Baingan Bharta, egg plants mashed with onions and garlic.
The methu vada and samosas were excellent, of course, you can't really mess up fried stuff. The kebab dish was pretty much an indian version of fajitas with chicken kebobs. The chioken was ground and molded into kebobs and then served with fried onions and green peppers on a heated skillet. Nothing to write home about. The baingan was a huge disappointment to mey friend, he said they put way too much butter so that it overwhelmed the egg plant. I noticed the extraordinary amounts of garlic that was in the dish and scarfed it up. I noticed the butter factor only after he mentioned something.
The service was erratic, it seems they were having incredible amounts of problems. First the ice machine broke, then they ran out of regular coke. We ordered our food before a couple of other tables but we were the last to get our food for whatever reason.
What matters ultimately is the food, and the food was so-so. I liked the food here better than Shalimar's which isn't saying a whole lot. I am heading for Raja-Rani next.
My kingdom for good Indian.......