Kandas Indian Restaurant occupies a relatively small space off NC54 between Durham and Cary. I finally got around to checking it out on Saturday night, and it was much better than expected. Even after one meal, it is my new favorite Triangle Indian restaurant (NB - I have yet to try Saffron), especially given the prices are very affordable ($9-$13 for most entrees).
We opted for the "Kandas Feast". For $38 a couple, you get a 6-course meal, and everything on the menu is fair game! I thought for sure they would exclude the more expensive entrees like the Mixed Tandoor Grill, but they don't.
First Course - Chai.
Subtle flavor, very pleasing. Not the best Chai I've ever had, but that's only because I like it stronger than the way Kandas serves it.
Second Course - Soup/Salad
I had the mutton soup, which was fantastic. Really spicy - great to clear out the sinuses. Little chunks of goat meat dispersed throughout made this an unusual soup to eat, but I would definitely order it again.
My wife had the house salad, which was as you would expect. Nothing fancy.
Third Course - Appetizers.
The menu says that you choose 2 appetizers as part of the Kandas feast, but our server allowed us to choose the Appetizer sampler instead, which includes a small portion of 5 different appetizers. Fried cheese sticks were ok - needed a bit more spice. Fried banana peppers were very spicy but enjoyable. Tandoor chicken cubes were a little dry but nicely flavored. Meat Samosas were satisfying, as were the Veggie Samosas.
Fourth Course - Naan.
This isn't really it's own course, but I wanted to mention it anyway. As the entrees are served, you get a huge basket of different types of Naan. In our basket, we got the standard Naan, some garlic Naan, and some roti. The Garlic Naan was unbelievably addictive, but the other 2 were very good as well. I suspect if we had asked, they would have let us try some of the other varieties (10 in total), but this basket was their default.
Fifth Course - Entrees.
I had the Lamb Curry. Awesome, just awesome. Very powerful spices, big chunks of lamb and potato...I was in heaven on this one. My only complaint is with the rice served - it looked to be a standard white basmati, rather than a more aromatic Basmati that you might expect at an Indian restuarant.
My wife had the Butter Chicken. She enjoyed it quite a bit, but the sauce was a bit too rich for her - she couldn't finish it.
Sixth Course - Desert.
By this point we were stuffed, but the deserts looked too good to pass up.
I had the carrot halwa. Pretty standard, but tasty. Good enough to not leave any leftovers.
My wife had the Gulab Jamun, which was incredible. I am glad they only served a small portion of this, as we both could have eaten a ton of this dessert if it had been presented. My best description would be deep fried balls of dough, covered in honey - at least I think that's what it was.
All of the above was covered under the $38 Kandas Feast. An amazing meal, and I will definitely be back.
Only big negative I would point out is how empty the place was. At 6:30 on a Saturday night, you would expect the place to be hopping, but there was only one other couple in the restuarant the entire time we were there. Hoping they are able to survive, as there really isn't a better trade-off between value and quality among the Indian restaurants that I've tried.
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