Indian Express Food and Sweets
Indian Express Food and Sweets
Indian Express Food and Sweets
Indian Express Food and Sweets
Samosa at Indian Express Food and Sweets
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) at Indian Express Food and Sweets
Indian Express Food and Sweets
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) at Indian Express Food and Sweets
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) at Indian Express Food and Sweets
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) at Indian Express Food and Sweets
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2017 Jul 15
Oh man. This used to be the best place for butter chicken.Thing is that for the past 2 or 3 years that they've been at this location. the food as basically gone downhill. gone is now the beautiful heat it used to have, with some amazing flavour. Now it's basically just bland white people food. white people food in my terms is people that like bland and tastless food. also called suits. for some reason it just doesnt taste as good. it feels like they catered to the boring. don't mean to sound mean, but when a famous joint that cops used to go for a good meal. that's a huge killer for me. i dont know why this place went downhill.

2014 Jun 9
The food here is neither cheap nor tasty. Yes you pay $12 for butter chicken with rice but the portion is also much smaller than if you were to get a $15 dish from say Little India cafe. My butter chicken had tons of cartilage in the sauce - not very fitting for the dish they label as Ottawa's best. Samosa is oily and the dough undercooked and the naan is nothing great. The service is lukewarm at the best - the only time it is slightly better is when the owner is around.
The new restaurant, Haldi that just opened on Preston has far better service and quality for similar prices. Or Brampton meats on Meadowlands has excellent food with outstanding service.

2012 Aug 15
This place hasnt let me down yet.

It's not fancy. It's cheap. It's real good.
Sometimes they dont have what you first wanted to order, so just try something else. It's all good.

Expect their kids to be walking around, playing with balls, or just being kids.
It's part of the charm.

Just ask them what to get, they will bring you whatever is best that day.

Almost all their food is gluten free, except for the Naan ...which didnt look that great anyway.

Deep fried chic pea balls = yumm

2012 May 28
$10 Thali Combo (1 meat, 2 veg curries, rice, nan bread, chutney and dessert).

AFTER !!

2012 May 28
$10 Thali Combo (1 meat, 2 veg curries, rice, nan bread, chutney and dessert).

BEFORE !!

2012 May 28
The new patio.

2012 Mar 30
Raj's new location. Just over the bridge from his old spot.

He has new items on the menu including lamb.

The new place has eat in tables and a liquor licence. Also open later.

"Best Butter Chicken in Ottawa" ??? .. you decide.


2011 Feb 15
Placed a delivery order yesterday for:
4 Samosas
2 Naan
1 Large Cumin Rice
1 Lage Butter Chicken
1 Larger Chicken Vindaloo

(42$)

Upon calling I was informed that they didnít have any Raita left, which was disappointing. Nonetheless, I placed my order, which arrived quickly (30mins). Once the deliveryman arrived, he informed me that he didnít carry any change. This forced me to turn my apartment apart in order to find some pocket change because I wasnít inclined on giving a 18$ tip. I wish they had informed me I needed the exact amount when I calledÖ

now for the food:

The butter chicken and the cumin rice where excellent. One of the best butter chicken Iíve had in Ottawa. The rest was very disappointing.

The samosas where cold and not unlike the one I could find at a corner store. I assume that these are remade and they didnít have the common sense to warm them up. So I ended up putting them in the toaster oven.. Not a huge deal but still a pain. There was also no sauce provided for them.

Naan where definitively store bought but I expected that from the previous comment on FO.

As for the Chicken Vindaloo, it was barely eatable; it was really oily and had no complexity. It was also way to spicy. Both my SO and I enjoy really spicy food but we could barely finish a quarter of itÖ


2011 Jan 14
I have gone here from time to time as I live nearby and the samosas are cheap ($1 each).

Vegetarian samosa are generally good and quite spicy - handy to have a few in the fridge to heat up for lunch or a light dinner.

Also like their gulab jamun dessert - not always the same - some times they cook the Indian "cheese balls" so they are very dark brown, other times they are lighter in colour. I like the sweet, honey like, rose water syrup the balls are "marinated" in.

Place is not fancy - very basic "hole in the wall" - I haven't tried other food they serve and likely won't. The Owner is very nice. If you stick to the samosas and gulab jamun and you'll be fine. If you haven't tried gulab jamun - I highly recommend you try it - here or any other place serving Indian food, yum!

2011 Jan 14
I've been hesitating to post my comments here because my experience was kind of a WTF based on what other people have said.

I have four positive things to say:
* Prices are low given the quantities compared to other Indian restaurants in Ottawa.
* I only had to wait 8 minutes longer than they predicted when I called in the order. (Better than most places.)
* It's a true hole in the wall, which always holds some appeal to me.
* The Cumin Rice was nicely done and tasty. Since it's the foundation of the meal, this is important.

However:
* The grubbiness of the place is pretty much rock bottom. For me, this would be excusable if the food were great.
* They have no tandoor (hence, no house made naan or tandoori chicken).
* The sweets look good, but they aren't labelled. Bad for mithai neophytes like me!
* The food in general was sub-standard.

Here's what we ordered:

* 4 Vegetable Samosa (see comments elsewhere)
* 2 Lg Cumin Rice - was good!
* 2 Lg Butter Chicken (see comments elsewhere)
* 1 Lg Chick Pea Curry - pictured here. The taste was just not good. We threw some of it away. :(
* 1 Lg Alu Gobi - The cauliflower was overcooked to pudding texture. I found the flavour to be okay, but the dish was very oily.

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2011 Jan 14
I thought the flavour was okay but my wife really didn't like it compared to other butter chickens in town. It was very, very greasy, and not in a good way. The meat was fine, although it did feature bits of gristle as others have mentioned.

At $11 for a large portion (pictured here), the price is unusually low. However, I'm happier paying 40% more to get a product that's 300% better at Little India Cafe.

I'll explain more. This is a super-rich butter chicken. You might like that, but when i eat something that rich it has to be spiced to match; otherwise, the balance is off! Butter chicken is usually thickened with almonds or cashews -- in this case, the almonds were inconsistently ground, which resulted in some pretty big nut chunks.

2009 Apr 10
Just had another go at Raj's Murgh Makhani ... and yup it's still the best I've had in this city.

Check out there new(ish) business cards with pictures of Hindu Gods and Godesses and on the reverse, a calendar with Hindu 'holidays' and even X-mas day mentioned.

The one I got is Hanuman, the half monkey half human one.

2009 Jan 3
Hey Zy,

Don't you remember me suggesting that you're Brewer Buddy's meeting could take place at The Elmdale Tavern with some take-out pizza's.

Click here: ---> www.ottawafoodies.com <---

Well in just happens to be in the same entry where I describe taking food from the Indian Express (especially Butter Chicken) just down the street to The Elmdale Tavern so it could be paired with Beau's Beer and some Johnny Cash on the 'ol juke box. (Punch in selection 3701 for 'Folsom Prison Blues'.)

Here is what Jules thinks of my idea about take-out food being consumed at The Elmdale:
"Thanks to Captain Caper for throwing out the idea of getting take out for the Elmdale House Tavern - genius."

ottawafoodies.com

Also see my entry from Nov 19, 2007.

ottawafoodies.com

I usually don't sing the praises unless it is really really really good. Or as they say out east "Right-Some-Good !!".


2009 Jan 3
We've gotten take out here a few times in the last couple months, and the butter chicken is simply to die for.

2007 Nov 19
I know... the place (Indian Express) looks like a hole in the wall.... but oh what Murgh Makhani !!

I've had this dish in about 6 resto's in Ottawa and two in England, and this is the BEST rendition I ever came across. The creamiest, most almond packed, orangiest, lip smacken', curry I ever unleashed on my tongue. Not a hot spicy one, more of a blend of subtle flavours.

OK, OK, the occasional (small) piece of chicken grissle can (and will) turn up, but a small price to pay for all that goodness. They use both white and dark chicken meat and enough 35% cream to harden every artery in even the most healtiest body. I refuse to look at my bathroom scale a day or two after feasting on this stuff.

Think I'm full of .... curry ? Check this out:

www.missingnotes.org


Anybody in OttawaFoodie-land know of a better Murgh Makhani in Ottawa ? Please share.







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2011 Jan 14
I enjoyed the taste of the Vegetable Samosa. Nicely seasoned, and a generous size. Possibly the best food value one can find for a dollar.

However, two things were disappointing:
* It was packaged cold from the counter, so we had to warm it in our oven.
* The pastry was incredibly dry. I'm sure the oven-warming didn't help this.