Ambala - on the way up
Have not eaten at my formerly favorite local Indian restaurant in a while; Ambala in its heyday was just fabulous but then sank very low in ambiance, service (won't address the parking issues) and most importantly FOOD - however today I needed more comfort food at lunch. Right after a boiled egg with soldiers, chicken curry a la North London with fries AND rice, my cuddly lunch is chicken curry. Today's lunch did not disappoint - food, service, ambiance (although the tiki palm decor clashes with the otherwise quite tasteful chairs and banquette upholstery. I had the lunch special -chicken curry (dark meat) with rice, naan, black eyed peas daal, potato patty (very good), salad with sweet carrot sticks and a delicious little serving of mango pudding. A sweet lassi complimented the meal. They will start to deliver locally, hopefully, next month. Curry (and Mme ZoeZ's lamb curry) had a good deep flavor and the whole lunch was nicely presented on the metal tray (which I am sure has a fancy name). Lunch $22 - and a brisk walk up the street home because parking is very problematic here. They now have a cute little patio with heat lamps and a water feature. Hey they are trying - hope they survive, landlord is trying to get permission to tear down and develop the corner. Hope it takes a long time. Oh, a nice touch is a pitcher of water on the table.
Westwood Blvd north of SM Blvd
next to Sunnin
The lunch specials average around $10 and you are given a tiny portion of the main dish. We were there last month and my bf ordered the chicken tikka masala lunch special and was charged $2 extra for white meat which would have been fine as it's disclosed but his order only came with 3 small chunks of chicken. And we thought the food was only so-so and lukewarm. We wished we had gone to Shamshiri across the street. Any better options for tasty Indian in the area?
Soldiers are made by toasting white bread and cutting the slice into five strips - the soldiers, the backbone of English childhood breakfasts where the soldier is dipped in the egg (top off and a small dab of butter in the yolk). And then the lament "Mummy, I want more soldiers please".