i tried ambala dhaba - which i had been meaning to try ever since i saw the place open up on westwood boulevard. just wanted to see what makes "homestyle" different from everything else i've tasted at the likes of all india cafe, nawab, akbar, india's oven, etc. etc. etc. (wow, we are LUCKY on the westside with indian options)
i can't say that i loved it. the samosas were delicious - big fat voluptuous things stuffed with intensely flavored chunks (chunks! not just puree) of potato and bright green peas. i loved them and was sad that i had to share. lol!
but the rest of the food was sort of...just okay. the chicken we ordered was seasoned and spiced heavily, but it tasted just slightly too dry. we also ordered the veg of the day which was kadhai bindi (okra cooked in a kadhai) and it tasted, too, dry for me, and somewhat burnt. neither of them were the least bit spicy. *sad*
for both those things, the thing is, i believe that ambala dhaba did them well, and true to what they are supposed to be - homestyle, northern-style, but i just didn't love them. i think perhaps i am just partial to the flavors and techniques of more southern style cooking. and i really missed the heat.
oh yeah - the chili garlic naan was a nice twist - i loved the addition of chili :)
perhaps i didn't order the right things (no one tell me that i made a mistake by not ordering the goat stuff, please. i don't eat goat, and if that's the ONLY good thing there, well...)