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First time at Ambala Dhaba

Dbird | Aug 15, 200309:45 PM

The drama, the passion! Having followed Thi's tortures, could no longer resist. So betook ourselves last night for 2 orders of ludiana chicken(one dark, one light), a cauliflower, tomato, paneer special vegetable, and saag paneer. We brought our own boisson but also ordered a limeade which turned out to be the best part of the meal-- neither too sweet nor too tart, it had a remarkable creaminess (I don't think there was actually any milk or yogurt in it but it's possible). If the chicken exceeds Thi's narrative powers it is certainly beyond mine; to say that my experience fell somewhere in between Thi's of revelation and of disappointment is probably not very helpful but it is true. I was impressed that the white meat was dense and rich, not dry and stringy (I would not have ordered it on the negative expectation but tasted my friend's)and it was all infused with that yogurt marinade (see: 'best chicken'). Sniffable, indeed.

Rice was indifferent (not saffron, or perhaps I should say, not yellow), naan better than many but a little dry and overdone for my doughy taste. I'm not much on carbs right now so this wasn't that important to me. I'll eat any creamed spinach but this saag paneer could have been better. Totally pureed, no texture.

If I lived in the neighborhood and tended toward Indian more than I do, I would consider Ambala Dhaba a great resource. As it is, I will likely return, but not as a priority.

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