Just a write up on 3 Indian places, I dined in these past few weeks.
Sultan - Lansdale, PA
- dropped by this evening for dinner, I'm usually there for the lunch buffet. First impression very very dim lighting, my wife and I were straining our eyes just trying to read the menu. Ordered the malai tika, bhendi masala, shrimp briyani and pratha. We were EXTREMELY dissapointed / shocked at how bad everything was. Shrimp briyani was reddish and very soggy, almost a risotto like consistency, and instead of the typical biryani seasoning seemed like they cut corners and just dumped in some tomato paste. Bhendi masala was bland. The malai tika which was described in the menu as a chicken seasoned with a creamy coriander sauce cooked in the tandoori oven came out looking pale as if the only source of heat was the hotplate it was served on. Think the so called "grilled" chicken you find in Subways, more like boiled to me. Just a really really bad night?
Indian place across from Earl's court station in London
- after a long day of shopping compounded by the lack of sleep, went to the first Indian restaurant my wife spotted near our hotel. Things were not looking good as we were being seated, scanning around noticed that the owners were Japanese and other than our waiter there were no other Indians to be found. Thoughts were racing through my head, what was I doing in this tourist trap of a restaurant especially in this city so renowned for good Indian food? As our chicken tandoori and shrimp vindaloo arrived I braced for the worse. Fortunately things were not as bad as I had feared, the chicken was moist and very flavourful but not charred enough on the outside, shrimp used was the tiny frozen variety but the sauce was good. Overall, food was not bad at all.
Deccani Edison NJ (691 Route 1 South & Wooding Ave, 732-819-9110)
- Ive always wanted to try this place but have been unsuccessful until a couple of weeks ago. Always intrigued by the sign Authentic Hydrebadi and South Indian Food. Ordered the chicken briyani, catfish (sorry cant remember the name), Lamb saag and bhendi masala and some breads. One of the best briyani Ive had in a very long time, basmati rice had the rustic uneven yellow and orange colour from the saffron and the chicken was wonderfully seasoned. The other highlight was the catfish, moist and perfectly cooked in the spicy yellowish sauce.
In the middle of our meal I inquired about the south Indian food not having seen any on the menu. Apparently there is a separate south Indian menu altogether. Why didnt they mention it earlier??!?! Delicious overall much better than any Indian restaurant I've been to around Philly, highly recommended if youre ever in the area. Will be making another trip there soon to order from the south Indian menu. A word of caution, the level of spiciness caters to the local Indian population ie. HOT!