Since relocating to the Capitol Theatre area of Arlington back in October, I've been lamenting the lack of an Indian restaurant within easy walking distance. However, with the opening of Bangalore Cafe just down the street a couple weeks ago, I think I'm going to be thoroughly satisfied.
The interior of the restaurant was comfortably nice, in keeping with its billing as fine Indian dining; not as chic as, say, Diva in Davis Square, but crisp and lovely enough to feel as though you've "gone out to eat". When I walked in and told the person who greeted me that I wanted to order my food to go, I was immediately whisked back to a small bar at the back of the restaurant and given a seat and a menu. After I ordered, I was brought a glass of water and a piece of papadum drizzled with sauce to snack on while I waited. The thought crossed my mind that perhaps the provision of an appetizer was an indication that my food would be long in coming, but I was quickly proven wrong when my food was ready to go in only about five minutes.
The menu was extensive (and available online), and I ordered the Malai Kofta Lajawaab ("Vegetable balls cooked in a creamy sauce with nuts, herbs and spices") from among the vegetarian entrees (of which there are plenty), along with a side of plain naan. My meal came with a pint-sized container of rice, a pint-sized container of the entree, two large half-circles of naan, and more papadum. As soon as I opened the containers, the food smelled delicious and I wasn't disappointed. The rice was perfect, and the entree was fabulous. The dish included three large vegetable balls, and the sauce was rich and flavorful, but not too heavy. The naan was soft and chewy, and everything was piping hot. My order also included small containers of chutney and another sauce.
At $10 for the entree and $2.50 for the naan, I found this to be a great value. I suppose it depends on how much you typically eat at one sitting, but for someone like me who tends to stick pretty closely to actual serving sizes (i.e. a half cup of rice, a half cup of sauce), this was more than adequate, and I got three meals out of this one order.
Based on this experience, I highly recommend Bangalore Cafe, and I can't wait until I get the chance to go back and try something else on the menu!
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