New Indian Restaurant in Rockridge - any reports?
Flavors of India just opened at the corner of Alcatraz and College. I picked up a menu - it looks like pretty standard Bay Area North Indian/Pakistani fare. Anyone tried it out yet?
Flavors of India
3211 College Ave.
www.flavors-india.com (doesn't seem to be working yet)
I've been there twice for dinner. Wait for a seat wasn't too bad on Valentine's Day, although we waited for the food for at least 30 minutes. Food was good, price is decent. I've had the Mango Lassi and Mango juice. Also had the garlic naan, kashmiri naan (nuts, kinda sweet), fish pakora, chicken korma (not overly sweet like some places make it), lamb rogan (tasty), and the prawn vindaloo (about 8 large shrimp). I'd definitely go back.
I was surprised how good it is. From the first sip of my Chai, I knew it would be better than most of the Indian restaurants Ive been to recently--especially the lunch buffet places. Their pakora batter was light and tasty. The dahl and naan were excellent. The lunch specials were tasty. And amazingly, the green salad served with the lunch specials was wonderful--great dressing. Im going to try it for dinner because I thought the lunch was excellent.
I've been there twice for lunch, it's near my job. The food is tasty but the service is poor, so far. The first time we ordered from the main menu, skipping the lunch specials. We really enjoyed the food—okra, lamb madras, pooris that came with chickpeas. The lamb madras was outrageously rich wich coconut m,ilk, sooo tasty. The servers do not speak very good English, unfortunately. The person who seems in charge does, but he's scrambling.
The second time I ordered the lunch special, my choice was aloo gobi, a nice version. I would characterize their spicing as complex and warming without being hot, in general. The naan was a little browner than I'm used to but it was really good. This visit the daal was overly salted, but I didn't complain because they seemed to be having a meltdown—two other friends waited more than 25 minutes for their food. I think they are having trouble because they have been swamped almost immediately, but they also have servers who have a hard time understanding even basic requests.
I like their food, which is less spicy (in a hot sense) than House of Curries in Elmwood, but also less reduced. Okra at House of Curries has a great spicy heat but seems like indistinguishable vegetable material. Here it is less spicy but more satisfying (at least to me).
I'm looking forward to trying the mustard greens dish.