Totally exceeded my expectations. Best Indian food I've ever had outside of Queens. I've been totally underwhelmed by the Indian restaurants on 5th at 11th and 5th and President. Just ordered basics: Garlic Naan, Chicken Tikka Marsala, and Rice Pudding but it was all really really good. Naan was super fluffy, flavorful, not greasy, not doughy, garlic wasn't burned. Flavors in the Tikka were complex, not drowned in sauce but still very tender and juicey. They do the rice up with spices and peas and whatnot. The rice pudding was rich and flavored with just the right amount of cardamon and had excellent mouth feel. Cool atmospherics, decorated with colorful bejeweled swag lamps. It's like chowing in a harem. They won't start serving alcohol until Monday. Not expensive for Park Slope. Dinner cost me $25 and I had enough leftover for a decent lunch. They also have a $15 Take Out/Delivery special - appetizer, entree, rice, naan, Raita and Mango Chutney. Phone No. (718) 832-5555. 310 5th Ave. Menu at www.baluchis.com.
I'm really hoping this isn't one of those restaurants that open and close before people discover how good it is.
It's part of a chain with a couple of locations mostly in Manhattan.