Finally had a chance to try the Indian Chinese restaurant that opened in the old House of Dosas location in Hicksville, and it was quite good - definitely one of my favorite recent meals.
The restaurant is owned by the people who run House of Dosas up the block, and even includes some similar South Indian dishes on the menu. The real reason to come here, though, is the excellent Chinese dishes, which are not quite Chinese but also not quite Indian either. I would say the Chinese items were more similar to Indian food I've had, but also with some familiar flavors from Chinese food.
Started out with a couple of appetizers. The Dahi Vada was the same lentil donuts floating in spiced yogurt that you can get at House of Dosas - very good, but nothing I haven't had before. The Chicken 65 was small chunks of boneless chicken marinated in spices and served with a half of a lime on the side. This was excellent, and probably the favorite item of the three people in our party. Only four hours after the meal and I'm already craving it again.
For our main courses, we had two items from the Chinese side of the menu and one from the Indian side. The Crispy Vegetable Chili Fry was excellent. While the menu says battered vegetables in a spicy sauce, there was very little batter evident, which was good because I wasn't in the mood for something similar to vegetable pakoras. Also excellent was the Paneer Manchurian, small fried paneer balls in a red, spicy garlic sauce served with rice. From the Indian half of the menu we had the Chicken Khorma with roti, which was OK but not as good or complex as the khorma at Rangmahal up the road.
Mango Lassi was also quite good, as was the Gulab Jamun for dessert.
All in all, it was an excellent and very inexpensive meal (most entrees are only $5.95). I would recommend sticking to ordering from the Chinese dishes on the menu, though, and going to House of Dosas up the block if you're craving South Indian food.
Best of India
470 South Broadway (Route 107)
Hicksville, NY 11801
Tues - Thurs: 11:30am until 9:30pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am until 10:30pm