I came here in mid-May with my mom and a friend to check this one out. Although the sign on the window said dinner started at 5 p.m., we still were allowed in and seated before that time. They like to wow pandas from the start!
For appetizers, we shared naan and some lentil wafers with a triad of sauces (mint, tomato, and coconut). The circular wafers and accompanying condiments basically resembled an Indian version of salsa and chips. I liked all three sauces, with the coconut getting a slight nod over the others. The naan was also marvelous, possessing fluffy, light qualities. Unlike my two dinner companions, I didn't eat too much of this, knowing more food was yet to arrive. Panda wants entrees!
|Sauces for the wafers|
White is coconut, red is tomato, and green is mint
|In the back, raita, dal curry, veggie curry, and sambar|
Basmati pilaf in the front
|Chicken Jalfrese (extra spicy)|
If you get the full dinner meal, dessert awaits. I tried Gulab Jamun, basically a spongy ball in a sweet light syrup. That ball pretty much disintegrated in my mouth, so it could be strange if you're not ready for that experience. Mom had rice pudding, which was unlike others I've personally had. Instead of the cold, short-grain, creamy sweet dessert I'd be used to, this sweet dish was warm, used long-grain rice, and had a soupy nature to it. My friend had mango kulfi, really a mango ice cream with nuts. This dessert broke off almost in sheets of ice, quite tasty.
|Mango ice cream w/nuts|