Royal India in Malvern tonight for Dinner!
I wrote this for Yelp! but I figured I'd share it here as well....
Tonight.. all of the rules of the past changed. I love good Indian food. Wife does not. Our dinner visits for Indian occur about every 8 months, clearly a concession to me. Until tonight. I had heard that Royal India in Malvern had some great food on another board, and had passed by it a million times, as my Baseball playing son frequents the batting cages almost next door. Tonight.. we ate.. and ate.. and ate. Wife smiled!! She liked it!! I LOVED IT!!
We had a SUPERB meal! We shared a Chicken Samosa as an appetizer. It was not greasy, not dry..it was PERFECT. The pappadums were crisp and tasty, too! As a main course, I had the Royal India Mixed grill. It was tandoorlicious!! tandoori chicken, seekh kabob, fish and shrimp, chicken tikka kabob, boti kabob, cooked in a clay oven and served on sizzling platter.. My wife had Mango chicken,Boneless cubes of chicken cooked in mango sauce with mild seasoning and a touch of scallion and ginger, and consumed every last drop of it, that's very unusual for her. We also shared some Palak paneer, extra spicy. It was.. I loved it, spice isn't her thing..the garlic naan was outrageous. We had the pleasure of getting to know the boss a bit....Singh...a really nice guy who sat down and chatted with us...Oh yes, and I also had a cup of Masala Tea..it was complex, and the best that I had ever had.. I asked Singh about it and he started rattleing off the spices that they use.. I lost track..We finished off our meal with some (don't laugh!) sweet balls of something..they had cheese and other things.. but they were great, sorta like donut holes saturated with a sweet sauce. I do not recall what they were called but the taste was quite memorable.. The decor is not what you go to this place for, but it was extremely clean. I have heard (and it i has been opined on this board) that the lunch buffet is exceptional. Sadly it is nowhere near where I live or work, so that will have to be experienced with some planning. It is also worthy to note that the food prices were, in my opinion, very reasonable. A lot better than most of the suburban Indian places which we've gone to..the food was miles better..
BUT.. the best part of the evening was leaving, and having my wife say how great it was and that she looks forward to our return! I have been somewhat Indian food deprived for the last 24 years.. but NOT ANYMORE!!