Happened upon this on some KC blog, and have to say some excellent Indian food is to be found in Overland Park (hidden "round-the-back") at Northwest Corner of College & Metcalf) [See link]
Located in a very small (perhaps TOO small: we shared our table --almost-- with the waiters folding napkins and polishing glasses) strip mall space, you know things are on track when you can smell good Indian food INSIDE your car from several dozen yards away as you park up.
We could not have had a nicer welcome on a first visit from the owner. A man who loves to make you feel like honored guests, and is attentive without being intrusive. This was the style of service he handed down to all his staff.
We started with papadum and vegetable samosas. The samosas were perfect and freshly fried. The 4-condiment tray sparkled with intense colors and flavors [red chutney, green mint chutney, tamarind sauce and raita]. Hot tea was served Indian style: milky and sweet. A mango lassi was provided gratis for tasting: it was very nice, and I wish we had tried a salty variety. (Kids would LOVE the mango lassi I think.)
Mains were goat vindaloo, yellow dal and chicken tikka. All were good (the chicken tikka actually MORE spicy than than the traditionally [but not particularly in this case] fiery vindaloo).
The goat vindaloo is served on the bone. This means you have to be willing to chew the meat off. But goat has great flavor and is worth the slight extra effort.
The dal was perfect. The chicken tikka was a bit unexpected in that it was obviously not "just out of" the tandoor. It had sat around a bit [or been on, or slated for, the buffet]. To me tikka is all about meat still completely loaded with its own juice and sizzling. But that was the only observation, it tasted darned good.
Naan was great, mixed pickles and lots of rice accompanied things and although we ate hearty, we took home 2 containers: enough for another hearty meal for two.
The clientele was about 80% Indo-Pakistani and the buffet [contents not looked at owing to a rush-on when we left] was much in vogue.
You can read the menu on the link below. There is another location in Westport in KC MO.
This place is the absolute opposite of the ghastly experience we had (& reported here) the day before in Ponca City, OK. Our tab was a VERY reasonable $50. As I said we had enough food for 4 meals there.
Very much recommended. Oh, and the owner brought us complimentary gulab jaman along with the little bit of CREAMy ice-cream by way of garnishing a toothpick.
Thanks for reading.