A reader by the name of Earth wrote in noting that I hadn’t yet reviewed any Indian restaurants and suggesting that I stop by India Cafe on Whitesburg. It was an astute observation. I’ve only come to appreciate spicer foods in the last couple of years and had not yet branched out into Indian food. India Cafe was an excellent introduction.
The hubby and I stopped in for dinner one night as a prelude to running errands. The seating was a bit confusing because there is no obvious hostess stand and it appears to be an order-at-the-counter establishment. Which it is; during lunch. For dinner, guests are seated and given menus. The hubby picked up on this, while I obliviously headed for the counter. Once I got pointed in the right direction, we were shown a table and handed menus.
The dinner menu is expansive, allowing for a great variety of meats, sauces, and pairings. The lunch menu is a sleeker version of the same offerings, likely to expedite the heavy lunch crowd that the Airport and Whitesburg corner receives. We asked our server for recommendations before settling on the Chicken Tikka Masala for me, the Chicken Biryani for my hubby, and an order of Tandori Naan to share.
While we waited for our food, a basket of fried dough balls appeared at our table.
At this point I was a little worried that my meal (which I has asked for to be medium, not too spicy) would be too much for me. Enough so that I asked at the counter to see how the dough balls would compare. They assured me that my meal would be fine.
My husband greatly enjoyed his meal (shown in the image at top). The rice and chicken was flavorful and spiced to his taste. The dish was served with a coleslaw like side which included carrots, cabbage, onion, tomato, and cilantro in a thin sauce.
We greatly enjoyed our meal. The flavors of each dish were rich and well balanced and the portions incredibly generous. In addition to making a dinner out of our meals, I made some additional rice and had another three lunches. My husband’s dish made for another two meals. The price had seemed a bit high for the casual diner-like atmosphere, but for 7 meals it became a bargain. (There is also something to be said for anything you can eat for 3 days straight and still wish you had more when you finish the last of it.) We will absolutely be back to continue our forays into Indian cuisine.
Total for the meal: $29.97 (Includes: Two entrees, one order of Naan, two soft drinks)
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