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Thornwood - Khan's Indian Kitchen - below disappointing

Allisondbl | Dec 28, 201111:02 PM

I haven't published nearly enough in the way of food reviews given how much help I've received from my Chow-freres and -soeurs so it be time. Wow! am I UNDERWHELMED! Really underwhelmed.

First the small stuff: let me reiterate what others have said: it is a sh*tty looking storefront. Really crappy looking. The packaged selection looks iffy and the freezer
is iced and scary and the table area looks unappealing. And the signage will NOT help you be sure it's Khan's. Look for the grocery awning which on its right states that they carry halal.
Just getting out of the car you get a strong smell of onion.


Wanted to give it a fair try and so I purchased:

(1) Starter was one chicken samosa (which will be in the case to your left). Verdict: liked it. Nice oily wrapper filled with chicken bits and HEAVY onion flavor. Grilled-ish onions. It may be CALLED chicken but it's all about the onion, believe me. This was the LAST good thing I had.
(2) Two orders of biryani - that day's was chicken. Verdict: doesn't seem to be basmati rice. It looks like the good orange, yellow white mix, but the grains are too large. Spicy, but NOT flavorful. The only actual GOOD bit was the chicken in it: nice and juicy, a bit spicy but again not really flavorful.
(3) A plastic container of potato saag. Verdict: somehow managed to be spicy and bland at the same time ... with an onion undertone. The chunks of potatoes were too big although soft, so flavor could be spread along each bite.
(4) A plastic container of butter chicken aka chicken tikka masala. Verdict: No. Looks good and a good consistency but bland and no flavor.
(5) a large white Styrofoam container of white rice with a few shreds of carrot and peas and a few onions. Verdict: dull Uncle Ben's white rice. This neither looks nor tastes basmati. No flavor at all.
(6) An order of butter naan. Verdict: butter? where? Bland, gluey and RAW. NOT good at all and I had to wait for them to "make it" NO idea what they did. To eat this I'm gonna have to give it a grilling.
(7) an order of paratha. Verdict: not bad. Standard paratha, again underdone and a little gluey.

Total cost: just under $38.00.

Verdict: Still on the lookout for good "hole in the wall Indian" of the type you can find in New York City and elsewhere.

Oh well. Best I can say is that for someone who loves the search - and for whom giving up bookstores as a way to plan a vacation now that I live by Kindle, iPod touch and rooted Nook Color for reading left a hole - knowing that this elusive jewel remains unmined gives me something for which to live!

Khan's Indian Kitchen
546 Commerce St, Thornwood, NY 10594

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