In Tarrant County it's hard to come by an indian restaurant, especially up north. There were a couple along 183 at one point, but they both appear to have gone out of business. The nearest options start at Belt Line, where they become quite numerous. Having convinced my parents to try out Indian food, I did a quick search and found that Pasand, across from Irving mall along Belt Line, looked like a good choice and minimized our driving. In short, we were very pleased with our meals. The location is very clean and presents itself well, though it is quite bright. It's space is partitioned such that it could accommodate a large group quite well.
My dad ordered Lamb Vindaloo and I got the Alu Gobi. We both got the thali. My mom got their first timer special, which came with a mixed veggie curry, chicken curry, large portion of raita, soup and an appetizer of pakora with chutneys. I won't describe all the dishes, but just the highlights. Their Naan was excellent. Obviously fresh, and not slathered in oil. My mom commented she'd be content with a glass of wine and the Naan. The rice that came with all our meals was also excellently cooked, and very fragrant, though you wouldn't know it from viewing our plates, because we mostly just used the naan with the curries. Their Raita was the other standout dish. The cucumber and tomatoes tasted very fresh. I'm used to the veggies being in quite small chunks or shreds, but these were in a large dice, which I've decided I prefer. The thali comes with gulab jamun, and I asked to substitute kheer, which they happily granted. The kheer was very fragrant with cardamom, but not at all overpowering. It was quite sweet, verging on coyingly, but worked well for the small serving. The gulab jamur was outstanding. They were warm and saturated, without losing their texture. My parents, who aren't big dessert eaters, let alone sweet, sticky, fried food eaters, were thrilled with these as a finish to the meal.
The curries were very good, but there was nothing that stood out about them. I would have liked mine to be a bit more spicy, even though I assured the waiter that we liked our food spicy. My dad's vindaloo was downright tame. However, there was nothing that turned us off about the meal, Everything was cooked to a good texture, from the lamb to the cauliflower and it all came out fresh.
The price was also quite reasonable. All their curries are available as a thali and ranged from about $11-16, while they came a la carte for about 3 dollars less (which includes rice and naan). We all felt it was a very good deal. Their menu is also quite extenive offering many chaat type dishes, including dosa, puri, soups and other fried items by themselves for very reasonable prices. I don't think that Pasand is worth a drive from an area with good Indian food, but I'm sure this is one of the better ones in the area. If you are in Tarrant County and need an indian fix, this is definitely a great option because of it's proximity and quality. Personally, I think they shined brightest on everything but the curries, and can see myself stopping by for a dosa, or some raita and naan for a quick inexpensive lunch.
They also offer a buffet which is 8 on weekdays and 10 on weekends. Weekends include some of their south Indian specialties.
Pasand Indian Cuisine
2600 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75062