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Taste of India dinner report (long)

janet in Reno | Apr 16, 200402:19 AM

Four of us ate dinner here tonight......and really feasted! We started with pakoras and onion bhajia, and some Indian salads. The pakoras are served with two chutneys, one tomatoe and one tamarind. The tomato chutney is spicier than you usually find in these places.

We shared four or five entrees. My favorite was the Goa-style fish. Bob didn't like it that much, but I thought it had a nice flavor. Appropriately spicy. The fish was salmon, an interesting choice. Nice juicy chunks of fish, no bones. Jerry liked the Bengan Bharta, it was tasty..although I'm not an eggplant fan. We also had puri chole, which was good although the puri were a little greasy. The chole were an excellent dish all on their own. This dish is listed on the menu under "breads" (I guess because of the puri) but I think of it more as a chaat-type dish. We also had tandoori chicken (juicy, but the onions were a little burnt), garlic and plain nan (better than when we went there for lunch the other day), rice, and Jerry finally got a masala dhosa (even though we noticed it wasn't on the menu). The filling in the dhosa was very good, the crepe itself was a little doughy. I guess we'll have to keep going to the Bay Area or Sacramento when Jerry wants his dhosa fix. Jerry and I shared a dish of mango ice cream for desert. We were really too full to eat it, but wanted to taste their version, as our server told us it was "especially good." She was right. Yum....very intense mango flavor.

All in all, an excellent meal. Food is as good or better than Indian Garden, and less expensive. They weren't very busy; I hope you chowhounds will support them. The family running the restaurant is very nice; service was great. We left totally stuffed. Dinner for four was just over $100 including tax and tip...but in all fairness $30 of that was beer!! (Hey, we were thirsty!). There was food left over.

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