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India Garden - Reno - early review (longish)

Janet | Mar 19, 200304:37 PM

Well, we noticed this place was finally opened, so decided to give it a shot for lunch (the signs been up for weeks, if not months!). I think we'll go back, but it does seem like they need to get a few bugs out. The place was crowded at lunch today; I think they were unprepared for the crowds.

We had to wait awhile for our food; next time we might try the lunch buffet. I checked out the buffet; the vegetables (especially the okra) looked very good and fresh. Several nearby folks were raving about the Kheer, and eating a lot of it! The tandoori chicken did not look good at all; it looked undercooked. We had some nan, and found that undercooked (doughy) as well. My husband thinks the tandoor might not yet be properly "seasoned" or may just not be hot enough. One complaint about the nan, it was served dry, without a hint of butter brushed on it. It may be bad for me, but I like a little butter on my nan!

I noticed they had Pav Bhaji on the menu. Since this is one of my favorite dishes, and I've never seen it on a restaurant menu other than Vik's in Berkeley, I ordered it. The vegetables were delicious (although a little too garlicky), but I miss the little bits of chopped cilantro and onions that Vik's (and my sisters-in-law) sprinkle on it. The big disappointment was the "pav"s...although the menu describes them as properly as "toasted rolls" what we got was more of that dry nan. Its just not the same...the whole idea behind pav bhaji is that it's comfort food...and the soft, BUTTERY rolls are what makes it that way. I get the feeling they haven't had time to bake pavs yet.

My husband ordered Dhosa and was also disappointed. It was too thick and chewy, without enough filling. The sambar which came with it was odd (big chunks of vegetables, too few lentils) and the advertised coconut chutney was not in evidence.

There were several other lapses in service/items. We ordered chai, and got regular tea. When we asked the waiter, he told us they didn't have chai yet (so why didn't he mention this when we ordered?). I was tempted by "homemade" mango ice cream on the menu, so of course they didn't have any yet. The restroom was out of paper towels, probably because they were so busy no one had bothered to check in a while. Its the little things......

All in all, you Renoites who are dying for good Indian food might want to wait awhile, or stick to the vegetable items, which all looked good. I didn't catch the cost of the lunch buffet, but overall I thought the prices were a little high for what you got. I guess I'm just spoiled by Vik's.

India Garden
1565 South Virginia Street (cross street Mt. Rose)

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