I finally checked this place out the other night and was not disappointed. We tried a bunch of things that were widely recommended on the boards, like Manchurian goat and both the chilli and tangra masala prpeparations. Tangra masala beef was delicious; chilli tiger prawns were good but the weak link - a little heavy on the turmeric. We also tried the hakka chow mein with beef, chicken and shrimp, which is a nice complement to all these saucy spicy dishes. Also highly recommend the paneer chilli - get this one dry, whereas with the others go for the gravy option. This is a GREAT dish!!! Nicely fried chunks of paneer with delicious green chillis. Appetizers: the pakoras were recommended here, as were chicken mo mos (Tibetan-style dumplings). Also great was chicken lolipops - similar to the pakoras but a bit different, and reconstituted around the drumstick. Served with a weird marie rose style dipping sauce, which is a definite touch of England (marie rose is the thousand island-like sauce that they serve with prawn cocktail in England).
Anyway the whole experience at tangra was amazing. FYI I didn;t quite gather the history and meaning of the name from previous posts, but Tangra is the name of the Chinatown in Calcutta. It's been there for a couple of hunfdred years and is where most tanneries are located, so many people in the restaurant (all Indian, mostly from Calcutta) were commenting on how the food was "just like in Tangra, but without the smell!" My Calcuttan dining cpmpanion was in heaven.
Great service, great food, clean, rasonably priced - and one of the most unique and unusual meals I've had in a while. Also MUCH spicier than the usual Chinese offerings. One note: we went on Sunday night over the holiday weekend, and that may have been why it was quite crowded with large famil groups, but it's worht noting that it is VERY popular. We waited for an hour, and arrived quite early, at 7:00. Worth the wait but nice to know to expect it. Oh and it's BYOB, so you can pick up a six pack at the deli down the street and, if you knwo you'll be waiting a while, grab a beer in the Irish pub just on the corner a few blocks down.
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