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Rideau Centre food court restaurant offering northern Indian fare.
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2017 Nov 4
Prices jumped up here recently and they no longer offer the naan with veggie curry combo. My a la carte order of dal makhani, buttered naan, and veggie samosa came to around ten bucks. Still very reasonable for a filling and delicious feast!
They seem to have replaced their "garden fresh vegetable" dish (made with frozen veggies) with a nice potato-centric combination that looks a bit like samosa filling. Next time I'll try that one.
2017 Aug 31
A very generous serving of butter chicken and spicy chickpeas with basmati rice. This is combo 2 on the menu. Everything had a little spicy kick to it. It's very saucy too, which I love. This was about $11-12. I can usually eat a lot but was full at 3/4 of the plate. Hubs helped me with the rest.
2017 Jul 18
One generous bowl of veggie curry with naan is around $6.50 plus tax. I love the Dal Makhni here and get it every time. The buttered naan is exceptionally toothsome and wonderful. In fact, for $2.25 per giant buttered naan ($1.95 without butter), I don't know of better pleasure per dollar in Ottawa.
2018 Jun 16
As you can see from the photo, my second
experience was quite different from my first. Unlike the first time, this one had potato, onion, and cilantro on it and the portion seemed larger but with less salty yogurt. Unfortunately, the balance of seasonings was thrown off and the magic didn't happen for me.
Also, I was there with a friend for whom this is one of her all-time favourite foods. She ordered first and the guy taking our orders kind of rolled his eyes and said, "It will take about ten minutes." Then when I asked for the same thing he almost threw his hands into the air. It took less than ten minutes to make both of them but the employees really seem to hate doing it. So get this while it's still on the menu. 🤣
2018 May 26
Another street food option,
($7-something) totally blew my mind with its deliciousness! It's pretty exciting to me to know that there are still many pleasurable foods I haven't tasted.
This dish embodies simple complexity. They break up some fried pastry crackers on a plate, top it with a handful of chick peas, and then drizzle with a number of sauces, more fried pastry, and a final sprinkling of seasoned salt. The result is a craveworthy culinary cacophony of crispy, crunchy, creamy, salty, spicy, sour, and sweet!
I had this dish for lunch and was dreaming of it already later the same day.
2018 Feb 20
From the "Street Food" section of the menu,
Samosa Chana Chaat
($8.95) is a hearty platter featuring two large potato samosas that are squashed to break them open. A ladleful of chick peas (chana) is placed on top, then the whole thing is garnished with 4 drizzles: green mint sauce, white yoghurt sauce, red (tamarind?) sauce, and a squirt of chili sauce.
Given the choice of mild, medium, or spicy, I went with spicy. While the spicy heat wasn't super high, there was a sourness that built up over time and emphasized the spice. Awesome dish for those who like 110% flavour!
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