Went back to Indian Oasis last night. We didn't return any dishes!
We each tried one of the soups, the splendid spicy lemon and coriander soup with vegetables, and the Manchow soup, a very spicy, garlicky variant of hot and sour soup.
The drums of heaven were, again, aptly described.
I asked the eldest waiter, who remembered me from Sunday, what fish he recommended, and he suggested either the sea bass or catfish with "Schezuan" sauce. When we picked the catfish, he warned us that a lot of people don't like the catfish, but he quickly assented. Just like the shrimp penang, the fish itself was exquisitely cooked. The texture of the large pieces (filets) was firm but yielded obediently to the fork.
We weren't as happy with the seasonal vegetables in black bean sauce -- the sauce was gloppy and the vegetables overcooked, so they became mere conduits for the sauce.
Again, the service was fantastic.
Some of the dishes we tried on Sunday that I forgot the exact name of:
The "chili chicken dry" was the appetizer that was terrific but not quite up to the level of the drums of heaven.
The Thai salad was nothing special.
The lamb dish that was awfully sweet and cloying was the sliced lamb Honk-Kong style.
The Pad Se Eow was terrific and tasted like a traditional rendition.
The fried vegetable fried rice was terrific. I only had a fork's worth of hakka noodles but they seemed promising.
Indian Oasis has a website -- actually, it has leeched on to the site of its sister restaurant, Indian City. It includes coupons for both restaurants.
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