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Indian Oasis in Fresh Meadows, Queens

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Indian Oasis in Fresh Meadows, Queens

K Lee | Sep 26, 2004 10:06 PM

My wife and I (with our 1 year old son in tow) just returned from dinner at Indian Oasis. It was our first time there even though we have lived in the neighborhood for a few years. This is the Indian/Chinese/Thai place that was previously discussed in this forum.

First of all, service was excellent. The restaurant was relatively empty when we arrived at 7:15pm on a Sunday, but the restaurant soon filled up with people, including an unexpected party of 20. I think every table was full except for a small table for two. Despite the number of diners, the wait people constantly stopped by our table to see if we or the baby need anything.

We started with an appetizer of "Drums of Heaven" ($6), which was 6 small chicken drumsticks deep fried and covered with a chili sauce. It was a little spicy although my wife, who doesn't really like spicy food, was able to eat 2 drumsticks. The chicken could be crispier but the sauce was delicious.

For entrees, I had the Chilli Chicken Hakka Style ($9) and my wife had the Catfish Fillet in Garlic Sauce ($13). The Chilli Chicken was very spicy. I made the mistake of trying out the small red and green chili peppers in the dish. It tasted very much like a Szechwan chicken dish. I has a craving for something spicy and it really hit the spot. After my mouth is numbed by the chicken dish, I was in no position to review the catfish dish. The most I can tell was that it tasted like deep fried battered catfish in a sweet and sour sauce. My wife said it was fine. The catfish dish was not spicy.

We didn't try the desserts. By that time, the baby was asleep and we wanted to put him to bed.

I had two complaints. Everything was a little too salty. The soda prices were not listed in the menu, and it was $2.25 for each small glass of soda.

All in all, it was a nice find in the neighborhood. I will probably use this restaurant for takeouts instead of some of the other local Chinese restaurants.

Indian Oasis
18422 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows
718-353-3804

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