Went with my friend - I got the Angus mint burger, one of their 'signatures', and Desi fries. A substantial (3/4 pound?), juicy, well-seasoned, and very flavorful hamburger, with lettuce, onion, tomatoes, sprouts, and a light mint/avocado sauce, between a pair of wheat buns that could actually hold up to all that - very good. The Desi fries were served piping-hot, dusted with cayenne and, I believe, curry powder. Forget aioli and malt vinegar - I'll be asking for curry powder with my fries from now on. Total=$5.50.
My friend got the Vegetarian Thali plate. About a dozen different items, served on a large tray, with buttered Vegan (yes) nan (you can also choose chapatti, or puri). Certainly looked very appealing and appetizing, and friend said it was great, though I didn't have any. $9.
Many items on the menu look interesting (for instance, kokam fish curry), and I'll be back. This is simple, tasty food, that is made with fresh, quality ingredients, and with care. There are a lot of vegan and gluten-free options, 'fusion-ey' (a better word may be 'updated') Indian and Indian-inspired dishes, that provide a nice, inexpensive alternative to your hum-drum Claypit and farrago of Indian buffets. All in a clean, simple atmosphere. Reminds me somewhat of the late Nu Age Cafe, actually.
The only critique I have is the serving situation. You order and pay first at the counter, get and re-fill your own drinks, and find your own table (cafeteria-style). But the cashier brings your utensils, food, and clears your plates, and asks a few times, how everything was. We weren't sure if we were actually being 'served' or not. I would be fine with getting my own food from the window, and bussing my own plates. It could be that the cashier was just extra friendly.
Amid a town overrun with hipster kitsch and wanna-be-like-New-York-but-ends-up-more-like-Dallas joints, I hope this new place gets the chance it deserves.
nb: It's in the shopping center at the SE corner of South Cong. & Oltorf - NOT on S. Second St, if you're looking on Google maps.
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