Restaurants & Bars 2

Pintu's Palace, West Springfield

jzzy55 | Mar 9, 201209:26 PM

Had dinner here tonight on the way to pick someone up at Bradley. Very convenient halfway point between Northampton and the airport. Our first visit there since cutting out a glowing review from the Northampton newspaper a few years ago and pinning it to a bulletin board (where it curled up and turned yellow as the years passed...).
I had the vegetarian variety platter (which they call the Maharani) and spouse had curry mahi-mahi. The food is quite nice. I found everything noticeably less oily, lighter, and much less salty than the Indian offerings in Hamp (or Second Ave in NYC, where I have experienced some spectacularly indigestion-producing, greasy and not necessarily hygienic South Asian meals). Even the relish tray with the usual brown, green and orange-pink condiments were fresher-tasting than what I've had before. Whether they also came out of a bottle or can I don't know, but they tasted better.
The prices were similar to India Palace in Northampton -- $80 for three including a big Kingfisher beer. My meal was more than I could eat, and the take-out tandoori chicken we got for our traveling son was a huge portion for $15. Our son (who always has Tandoori chicken in any Indian restaurant), reported it was good but "not as succulent or flavorful as India Palace's."
Finally, the owner hovers around and we found him charming. The place was packed, with a nice happy busy-restaurant vibe.
I'd eat there again and recommend Pintu's as a place worth trying, especially if you are tired of Northampton and Amherst's limited Indian options.

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