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Light of India
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2011 Aug 7
Ibid. If you don't pass sanitation we don't eat there.
Travel colleague concurrs calling it " the blight of India ".
Don't risk it.
2011 Feb 8
I used to eat here, the food was good but I can't get myself over all the failed inspections this restaurant has had over the last 2 years. I will not eat at a restaurant knowing that it does not respect basic sanitation.
You won't see me write a bad review for every restaurant that has a non-compliance, but there are no excuses for repeat critical non-compliances.
2011 Feb 8
I dined at LOI for the first time this weekend. It was an enjoyable experience.
The complemrntary pappadum was a great start - they are very generous with the portion they give.
Yummy mango lassi.
We ordered the onion bhaji (very good), mulligatawny soup (I didn't taste it), naan (very disappointing, quite doughy), tandoori shrimp masala (the sauce was delicious although the shrimps themselves, while plump, lacked flavour), curry chicken (tasty), and sag aloo bhaji (spinach with potatoes - also tasty).
The service was good although it took a while for us to put our order in. I think they were particularly busy with takeout orders.
There was ample food for the two of us. The leftovers sustained me for two entire additional meals.
2010 Aug 6
We had a curry craving tonight and so we got takeout. We've had curries from here many times and never been disappointed (note : I believe they only do pickup, no delivery)
While it isn't my all time favorite Indian in Ottawa, I think it is the best in the Glebe - the quality is good & very consistent and the service is friendly.
I like that they arrange their menu by heat (mild, medium, hot, very hot & extremely hot) allowing you to experiment with different curries in your particular comfort zone (medium to very for me depending on the night).
Mrs Rat always goes for the Butter Chicken. Personally I'm not keen on it (like Zep, I find it wayyyy too sweet, but my wife says it's the best ever). So if you are a butter chicken aficionado, just be forewarned you'll either love it or hate it (might be best to sample it at the lunch buffet than ordering as a main in the evening).
We normally get an order of onion bhaji to start. It's quite generous with ~ 8 pieces so easily shareable between 2 people (especially since the main courses are generous).
I'm particularly partial to their eggplant curry (Begun Bhaji) which is wonderfully smokey. In fact even as a die hard carnivore, I really enjoy all of their vegetable curries.
I also like the freebies when you get takeout ... you get a generous bag of poppadoms (and while waiting if it isn't ready). You also sometimes get a free dessert of rice pudding. I'm not that bothered about it, but I'll eat it if it's free. It's a bit random whether they include it or not though.
2010 Feb 28
I have not eaten at this establishment for at least ten years. My girlfriend and I typically frequent Moni Mahal on Laurier, but have found that the last few visits were somewhat lacking so, we decided to give Light of India a try for their Sunday buffet.
We arrived early and found only one other table occupied. When we spied the buffet table, however, we were somewhat disheartened. Having been used to the plethora of options at other restaurants, we noticed only one steam table and a few options nearby. We actually debated whether or not to stay, fearing that there would be few vegetarian options available.
Thankfully, we decided to give it a chance. Needless to say, we were amply rewarded for our choice. Not only was 75% of the buffet vegetarian-friendly, but the quality of the food more than made up for the lack of variety.
I do believe that this was some of the freshest Indian food I have ever eaten. All of the dishes were incredibly fresh, light, and flavourful. The batter they use is as light and tasty as any I've sampled. According to my girlfriend, the vegetable biryani rice was to-die-for. All of the sauces tasted as though they had just been made of only the freshest natural ingredients. Desserts were also incredibly fresh and light.
My sweetheart followed here meal with a traditional chai tea which she described as perfectly spiced without any unnecessary sweetness. All said, an excellent meal with attentive service for a price that was comparable to any other Indian buffet we have attended.
We will definitely be returning to this restaurant. Perhaps, next time, we will try their evening dinner service.
2009 Oct 9
Excellent meal with friends there last Friday. Might have to book again soon. The atmosphere was nice (not too kitchy), the service friendly and the food was very enjoyable. And they have a decent selection of wines to enjoy with Indian food. We had the Pelee Island Gewurz which went very well with the on-the-sweet-side butter chicken (called Masala here), the muttar paneer, and the goran josh which was spicy. Excellent naan and love the little heating plates on each table to keep the food warm until the second round.
2009 Jul 29
This is my favourite Indian restaurant. We often get the Vegetarian Krishna dinner for two. They are good with substituting a dish in the combo if you want something else. Staff is friendly but service can be slow when the restaurant gets busy, so I recommend going when you are not in a hurry to leave.
2009 Jul 26
Best. Butter Chicken. Ever.
(And the Biriyani is pretty awesome too!)
I've been hitting this spot for about 5 years now and I have yet to be disappointed. This is the kind of spot you go to when you have a couple of hours to sit back and relax over great food. The pace may be a little slower, but if you eat Indian food often, you know it's not the type of thing you want to rush...especially when it's this good!
The service here has always been wonderful. Case in point - one evening my other half and I were grabbing some dinner before a movie and we happened to mention going to see a show to our server. Before we left, he came up with a big bag of pappadums for us to take the movies - how thoughtful!
Overall, an excellent date spot and if you can make it out to the lunch buffet, it's not bad either. Not the same level of freshness you'd get at dinner obviously, but still wonderful. And who can resist all you can eat gulab jamun!
2009 Apr 1
The service here is nice: although slow, they are quite accommodating and take all things in stride. I've had the special platter (a selection of overcooked but nicely spiced meats), butter chicken (which was way to sweet for my tastes), and a lamb something or other (which was also very well done).
The naan was the best I've had in Ottawa.
Slow but nice service and great food, I'll return.
2007 Jan 17
Hmm.. even if the food was not good, I'd still like this place, since they admitted myself and my wife at 9:45 at night (closing at 10) on our anniversary so we could have a celebration. That being said, they have the most divine butter chicken, with a slight sweet flavour. Some of my Indian friends don't like this.. but I think it's an excellent representation of butter chicken. I'm also a fan of the paneer, which has firm, and tasty cheese curds ( yeah, I know it's not really cheese..) and their rice. Yes.. I like their rice. It is aromatic, and also has a slightly sweet flavour, that contrasts nicely with the raita, and the hot dishes. Two thumbs up.
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