India Kitchen & a story with a moral
I know perfectly well that it isn’t nice to judge books by their covers, so I hate to break the same rule with restaurants. And, although unintentional, it happens from time to time. Until a few weeks ago, there was one eatery in particular that I’d been a little suspicious about trying out. I drive past India Kitchen every day on my way to the highway and always feel sad about its unremarkable surroundings. Located on Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, the restaurant moved into a previously vacant Roy Rogers last year and sits sandwiched between a few motels and Bob’s Discount Furniture. Classy neighborhood.
So, moral of the story (yup, already)- I judged its cover and successfully avoided eating its awesome Indian food for an entire year.
I stopped thinking about the restaurant until last month when my friend Nick and I flipped a coin to decide where to go for dinner and India Kitchen won. Luck and fate find a way to prevail after all!
Described as a family-style restaurant offering authentic Indian cuisine, India Kitchen provides an extensive menu with a variety of tandoori options, North and South Indian dishes and Indo Chinese specialties. They also offer a daily lunch buffet in addition to the full menu, which could be dangerous since I live 30 seconds away.
Anyway, we ordered chicken korma (boneless chicken cooked in a creamy cashew & almond sauce) and lamb pasanda, which was somewhat similar to the korma but the lamb obviously gave a much different flavor- cooked in a cashew and almond sauce and beautifully seasoned with saffron & cardamom. We paired these dishes with two orders of garlic naan to mop up globs and globs of delicious sauce. I wish I knew more about Indian food, but at least now I’m freshly inspired.
I enjoyed this meal SO much.
What else should you know?
Service was great, prices weren’t bad, and my leftovers were amazing.
394 Tolland Turnpike
Menu and additional info at: http://www.indiakitchen.us/Home.asp