Jewel of the Crown

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

7373 Scottsdale Mall Ste 1, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 85251

Serves meat, vegan options available. Indian food restaurant with a full bar. Although the menu features the typical meatstuff, it also offers a long list of vegetarian dishes several of which are vegan - let the staff know if you are vegan. Nice decor.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by stevensmara

Bamboozled! - Edit

Do you know what's worse than being hangry (sic) and having your mouth all ready for something only to find out you cannot have that something? Nothing. Nothing is worse than that! Unfortunately, this is exactly what just happened to me.

I have been to many Indian restaurants and all have been very accommodating with vegan requests, even if they were not a vegetarian restaurant. Nonetheless, I called ahead of time and spoke with a man who assured me that they could make vegan Aloo Saag for me. So I rushed over, happy to finally get to try this place out for myself. I could practically taste the spices, I was so excited!

When I arrived, the place was empty, except for me and 2 waiters. I was promptly greeted and seated by server #1. Water came quickly and the second waiter took my order. I requested Aloo Saag made vegan with a hot spice level. Waiter #2 wasn't sure if they could make Aloo Saag since it wasn't on the menu. I didn't mention that I had already received an answer; I patiently let him do his thing. He returned and confirmed they could do this. I thanked him and went to wash my hands for my meal. I was so hungry, I could still taste it!

When I returned to my table, waiter #2 came over and told me that they could not make my Aloo Saag without the yogurt. Surely, he was mistaken. He said the kitchen told him that it was pre-made so there was no way to make a vegan version. Huh? I was befuddled. I asked to speak with the owner or manager. I was hoping the man from the phone (he had an Indian accent) would appear and set them all straight, but that man was nowhere to be found. Instead, waiter #1 came out and explained, again, that they pre-make the Saag now, so the yogurt is already mixed in... They cannot make a fresh, dairy-free batch, as other restaurants do and as I was told they could. So I left, hungry and pissed. I will not return.

The good? Cute restaurant and waiter #1 was pleasant, professional, and apologetic.

Cons: NOT accommodating with vegan requests!

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The Crown is Missing Some Jewels - Edit

After several years of abstinence from Indian food, I thought a visit to Jewel of the Crown would give me warm fuzzies all over, but instead of being overcome with flavor, comfort, and satiation my vegetarian meal left me feeling unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

Service was A+ but food averaged to a B- only because of the hearsay I have about the meat raised the grade. If you're dining with a carnivore, I suggest you order mixed kabobs ($20) Their presentation was more appealing than anything else on the table.

For me, flavor seemed to come from only the chutneys. One red, which was mild and tasted like tamarind; the other green and spicy with cilantro and other herbs my tongue couldn't recognize. In fact, chutney saved the meal. We ordered a third chutney, mango ($3 - not worth it), which isn't made in-house. It is overly sweet with chunks of candied fruit. Unimpressive.

Samosa appetizer was served with a spoonful of chana. The breading was fried right and not too thick. Not spicy at all, so I slathered it in green chutney.

Bharta Makni ($12) came in a hot pot with tea candle underneath and still simmering on arrival. The menu describes it as eggplant mixed with onion and tomatoes, but it was an unrecognizable pureed dish with mushy green peas mixed in. I could barely taste the spice so I slathered it in green chutney.

Vegetable curry was served chunky but with all starchy veggies and I quickly lost interest.

Unfortunately having an underwhelming meal leaves my mind to wander. I began annoyingly verbalizing comparisons to other restaurants. Minute details which I would usually ignore became bothersome:

1. Is this garlic naan? Really? Garlic?
2. Where's the garlic?
3. Do you taste any garlic?
4. Not worth $3. One, yes, but not three.
5. This is the first indian restaurant where I haven't received a small plate of pappadum upon seating.
6. We have to pay for pappadum?
7. Isn't naan suppose to be fluffy bread?
8. I remember naan being fluffy.
9. This naan is flat on one side. It's like cracker texture.
10. Where's the garlic?
11. I still don't taste garlic?
12. They don't even offer mints or licorice at the end.

So, three out of five for Jewel of the Crown.
Yes, I would go again, but not anytime soon.

Pros: Vegetarian options without beans, Meal simmers in hot pot

Cons: Lacking spiciness, No pre-meal vittles to nibble

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Tasty, Well Priced - Edit

Had lunch here and it was very tasty. I had the Aloo Gobi with Paratha and it was delicious. Service was wonderful and pricing is surprisingly fair

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