Eric Asimov is the god of the more traditional $25 and
under places (while Jim takes the award for the more
eclectic type places). But the Vatan is far from a
traditional Indian place. I won't go into all the
details since Mr. Asimov described this place to a tee.
However, here's the executive summary..
** The food is from a western region of India and
totally unlike the usual drab Indian fare served
** You remove your shoes and sit in a very comfortable
booth equipped with pillows.
** Once you step inside, you feel like you're not in
Kansas anymore. There are bright and colorful murals
and flowers and plant life everywhere.
** Although there's a menu, you get no choices. For
one price you get a complete meal consisting of several
appetizers and entrees, over a dozen in all. The
dishes are small, but I left totally satisfied.
I do have a couple of questions. I can see going back
there 2 or maybe 3 times, but after that point I'm sure
I'll be tired of the menu. How often is it changed.
And a very general question.. this is the first
restaurant I came across that had a service charge
added in (15%) for everyone regardless of the size of
the party. The service was well above average. I
normally would tip 20-25% for such service, which is
what I ended up doing. (I left an additional 10% over
the check amount). The waitress seemed surprised. Did
I do something wrong? Did she expect the "normal" 18%
or so on top of the service charge, or do you think she
was just pleased?