I decided to add this as a separate topic rather than add it to the Indian food thread for the ease of future searches. We had a good dinner here on Sunday.
The location is difficult with the Encana building going up next door but parking at James Short parkade left us with a short walk and at least the car was warm when we left.
The room is beautifully decorated. We went with a fellow who eats there weekly and he ordered so I can only list the dishes we had but not name them all. The server said we ordered a lot of food. In fact, the owner came out and said it would be a lot of food but we were hungry and ploughed on.
We had both Chicken and Prawn Kashmiri which involved a creamy sauce. There was another prawn dish with butter chicken sauce and a lamb and spinach dish which was my husband's favorite even though he doesn't like spinach. My favorite was the eggplant. It was incredibly light which is not a characteristic I connect with eggplant. The okra was also very good, the veggies were chopped up and no sign of slime. The other vegetable dish was chickpea; also good but not as outstanding as the okra and eggplant. The naan were large and outstanding. They have a lunch buffet and I hear the buffet naan are smaller.
We asked for the food to be slightly hotter than medium. The creamy dishes were quite mild. The lamb was medium by my standards. The okra was the hottest dish. If you like your food spicy you might want to ask them to make it really hot and not order cream dishes.
My son and I shared a chai. Actually once I had some he had a hard time getting any more. I've had chai at places recommended by East Indian friends and it was bitter. This was very delicious and not at all bitter.
We had a little tour of the kitchen after. A tandoori oven joins my dream kitchen list.
The service was attentive but it helps to be with a regular who is in the business (see the kitchen tour) and it was a very quiet night.
Nawab Indian Restaurant
137 5 Avenue SE