I called ahead to inquire about ordering from the menu during the lunch hour. The girl who answered said that if it's not busy they can accommodate this request, but when it's busy, they cannot. Luckily for me, it was a slow day and they were able to accommodate me.
I wanted to try their Gobi Manchurian and I also inquired if they could make an Aloo Saag (spinach and potatoes) vegan, which is not on the menu. They agreed to make this dish for me as well. So far, so good with the accommodation factor. I also added an order of poori (it’s a puffy bread).
Battered and deep fried cauliflower doused in a sweet and spicy chili sauce. I requested this dish extra spicy. It was very yummy. I wasn’t as crispy as I’d hoped, but this could have been due to the fact that it was a carry-out order and it may have gotten soggy from the condensation after being enclosed. Either way, crisp or limp, it was still a very tasty dish.
I requested it vegan and extra spicy. It was not extra spicy and I questioned if it was very because it had a creamy look to it. I did a taste-test. I didn’t taste or smell weird (non-vegan-y). This dish was just ok. It lacked the sabor with which Aloo Saag is traditionally made, and it was not at all spicy. It wasn’t bland, but it was certainly lacking. Being that this item it not on their menu and they were doing me a favor by making it, I will not hold this against them. I will just stick to their menu items on any future visits.
The bread was very fresh and well-prepared.
The portions were large. Prices were reasonable.
They have no vegan desserts, but you can find some 2 blocks north at Green.
They lost points due to:
1 - the waitress/ cashier’s bad attitude (When I inquired if the entrees came with basmati rice she snapped back at me that she'd never heard of this; they only sell plain white rice or biryani rice. The menu clearly calls it basmati rice.)
2 - Cleanliness issue. Another worker was sweeping the floor for like 10 minutes and went directly from cleaning dirt to preparing a plate at the buffet. Unacceptable!
Also, they gave me a strange milky looking liquid with my to go order. I do not know what this is and I have strong doubts about its veganess. I'll be throwing it away.
Cons: staff attitude and sanitation issues, no vegan desserts