Eastside’s Indian food scene has been exploding by the minute.
Recently we ventured out to two other Indian restaurants in town.
First up, Oh! India for a late buffet lunch.
They have locations, one inside Crossroad Mall’s food court, and the other one right outside the Mall as the full restaurant.
We considered coming here because we actually ordered a shrimp curry and fish curry from them one night for dinner and found them quite delicious.
It came with regular rice which was good, and tamarind rice which was very salty.
Well, we thought we could give them a chance for lunch as well.
The variety for the buffet was fairly good.
Naan was unfortunately very greasy, and some of the papadam was soggy.
Their dosa had no filling.
Oh! India’s chicken kabob had high cumin flavor and was very good; curry was not bad either; butter chicken was very sweet.
Their chai was very astringent, and Lipton-like black tea flavor.
We got a hint to leave when they turned off the light on us as a signal; I would prefer them actually talk to us rather than having this feeling of passive-aggressiveness.
Needless to say, our experience was so-so, and food was not as good as our selective take-outs.
Second restaurant we tried was Moghul Palace, came highly recommended by our friends.
My friend really love their meatballs with masala sauce, tomato-ey and garlicky, with very tender meat, they were really good.
Baighan bharta was delicious, and I love the brown spices and spiciness in the Jalfrazie — we opted for fish and the fish was tender and tasty.
Chili masala was glorious with wonderful aromatics.
Since dinner was very good, I had to go try their lunch buffet, but was a little disappointed mainly due to the small selections.
Perhaps I was there too late, but there was only meatballs, Tandoori chicken, mango chicken curry, with some salads, rice, a chickpeas curry and a stir fry vegetables.
I was spoiled by Udupi with Chais, dosas, papadams, and all kinds of breads, and Bombay House would also have Chai and soup; and Kanishka has a really good spread of food — so Mogul’s buffet just felt a little small.
Nonetheless, food was great still, and I will be returning to Moghul.
I am afraid I cannot say the same sentiment go for Oh! India when there are other much better Indian options to fill my tummy!