I made two recent visits to this Indian/Chinese place on Hillside Ave. I don't know how it compares to Tangra Masala or other similar places, but it was very good, and unlike anything else in the area. The first time I had the Prawn Hakka Chow Mein, which was like Low Mein, but with a subtle hint of heat. We had lollipop chicken for an appy; they tasted like they were roasted in a tandoori-type sauce. A friend went for the hot and sour soup, which was very good, but VERY hot. We also enjoyed the vegetable pakora, which came with a green coriander sauce. When asked, they said it was a chili sauce, but it wasn't very hot, just very tasty, mildly vinegary and tasting of coriander. By far the greatest dish was the Manchurian Gobi; a friend had it on my first visit, and I had to go back to have some all to myself. Lightly battered cauliflower, fried and bathed in Manchurian sauce. The Manchurian chicken was also good. I don't know much about this cuisine, but it was so nice to find such a tasty place close to home. VERY reasonable; two appys, two dinners, generous tip came to $32.
The owner came over to introduce himself and said that next week they were changing over and would have a Thai chef, but would also keep the Indian/Chinese menu. I would normally avoid such a mixed-cuisine place like the plague, but I will give them a try. I also THINK he said the name was going to be changed to "Chopsticks" (there was a little language difficulty there).
If you are in Eastern Queens or Western Nassau, give it a try. I am interested in hearing what more knowledgable Hounds have to report on this.
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