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Roti, West Portal

Leaseachef | Mar 30, 200610:41 AM

Had an all around mediocre and somewhat weird experience there last night. We arrived at 6 and were seated promptly without a reservation. When the waiter took our order, it quickly became clear that he did not know the menu at all. He confessed it was his first night. But it was also obviously his first exposure to Indian food. When he stumbled over the word "Navrattan", I suggested he just write down "vegetable korma," and he looked at me like *I* was confused and continued to copy down "Navrattan" letter by letter. Same problem with each dish we ordered.

When I told him we we trying to make a 7:00 movie next door, he launched into a monologue about currently playing movies that he had seen and his membership to Landmark Theaters. Weird. And I think he missed the point, though we did get all of our food very quickly and made the movie in plenty of time.

He also had little to no knowledge of wine. I asked for a bottle of the cotes du rhone and pointed to it on the wine list. He asked, "The bordeaux?" (just below the cdr on the list) Me: "no, the cotes du rhone." Him, "You mean the bordeaux." Me: "NO. I mean the cotes du rhone." Oy vey.

The food: in addition to the korma, we ordered palak paneer, the assorted pickles, pulao rice, and the tandoori roti. The korma and the paneer were nearly tasteless and the korma and pulao featured frozen peas, green beans and carrots. The pickles were most certainly from a jar. I like those jarred pickles, but still . . . I am fairly certain that we got naan instead of roti, because our bread was definitely not whole wheat.

Total for 3 before tip: $75. Ouch.

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