My girlfriend (Rachel) and I had dinner last night at Marigold, a relatively new place on University Ave. We strolled in at about 9:20 pm (they close at 10, and not suprisingly, there was only one other party in there). When we left, however, there were four more parties -- I guess people have relatively late night Indian food cravings.
As a freebie appetizer (or whatever you call the equivalent of free chips/salsa at Mexican restaurants) they brought us the Indian analog to a thin crispy tortilla (I know there is a Hindi name for this, I just don't know what it is) and some dark but sweet sauce to dip into it. Plum sauce, perhaps? I'm not sure.
For entrées, we got a goat curry and a tandoori tikka kabob (boneless chicken tandoori kabob) and some garlic naan.
The kabob was brought out on a sizzling platter complete with grilled onions and peppers. It had a lightish (Caution: from my experience I tolerate spice much better than most people I know) spiced tinge to it, but was presented in with an orange glow that exuded its flavor in a light and tasty fashion.
The goat curry was in what seemed to be a kind of spinach sauce (not unlike the Persian dish qormeh sabzi) I thought this was very good, and by the end of the dinner, we were scraping the dish with our fingers. The goat bits that weren't detached were on the bone but came off for the most part with ease. A bit spicier than the kabob, but still very good. We were also given a small bowl of rice, which was sort of dry -- but I think that's the Indian style.
The garlic naan was garlic naan, not too thick as I've seen in some places, but was substantial enough to support some chunks of goat when our rice ran out.
They also offered us a rice pudding as a complimentary dessert, which may be because the server accidentally spilled a little water on Rachel's shirt. The pudding was very similar to a dish I had when I was in West Africa (mohamsa, which consists of millet mixed with milk and sugar), light but creamy and sweet. The rice itself was slightly chewy which was good.
Total damage (tax, tip, included): $33
Overall I thought it was very good, and their hours are good (open until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday and until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday). I'd definately go back.
And it got me thinking -- similar to the amazing BBQ ChowDown that we had at Sur La Table two years ago, I think we need to do one with Indian food. I'm happy to organize it. Do we still have access to Sur La Table? Anyone interested? Who did the last one? I'll scour the archives.
It's good to be back in the ChowHound community -- oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to my cohort David Boyk, he's off in India (Hyderabad) until January on a study abroad.
448 University Ave., Palo Alto
Phone: (650) 327-3455
Lunch: Mon. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.;
Sat. - Sun.: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.;
Dinner: Sun. - Thu.: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.;
Sat. - Sun.: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.