Dhaba India Restaurant *new* Tempe AZ
Looks like this place just opened last week..
The appetizer section had some new stuff I have not seen before (Street treats)..
Guess I'll have to try it out.
1872 E Apache Blvd.,
Tempe, AZ 85281
I popped in for a quick lunch, today. I had the Bhatinda Special Thali (Lamb). The food was very similar to my typical lunch at Tandoori Times (which is good). The modest portion of lamb was very tender. Everything was very fresh. The naan was excellent. Service was a bit over attentive. I will return for dinner, soon. There were a lot of vegetarian options.
We had lunch there today and I also had the Bhatinda lamb special. Very good. As mentioned, the portion was modest (but fine for the avg. appetite in context with the other stuff), and the price included naan, rice, and a couple of other sides.
My friend ordered a vindaloo dish, which was a tad more in price and was just the curry. For him, the rice/naan was an add-on. It was a larger serving, but I think he felt a tad confused as to the different offerings served to me. Also, he felt it was pretty mild, though the menu and waiter mentioned it would be spicy hot. We mentioned this to the manager and he said that requesting more heat was an easy thing for them to do. So if you like to sweat when eating vindaloo (and other Indian fare), just be sure to make it clear when ordering.
In any case, it was a first visit so I'm not sure which are the best things to order and if ordering a combination - what is the best plan. I would venture to guess, however, that it would be a great place to go with a small group who'll order a variety of things and share.
re: Maggie Kramer
An application for a license to sell beer and wine is pending. The staff told me they expect it in just a few weeks, although these things sometimes take longer than forecast.
I don't think they have obtained a BYOB permit for the interim while the license application is pending, so for now enjoy a mango lassi with your food, or head over to the nearby Four Peaks brewery and have an IPA before or after.
BTW, I just published a detailed review on my blog for anyone interested in learning more about the Dhaba: