Sai Curry (India Curry?) Update... (Las Vegas)
Six of us had lunch here today...we haven't eaten there in awhile, but had friends who were visiting from out of town who were staying at a nearby time share....we were taking them to lunch (after all, they had treated us to Charlie Palmer's the night before!) and gave them a choice of places....so we were secretly very pleased when they chose the "great Indian place nearby")...
Anyway, it appears that the place has changed hands... But the good news is that it still seems to be on its game, albeit perhaps a little pricier....We had warned our friends that we thought it was a dive...and walked in to see a different configuration, a little more decor (still nothing fancy) and some new booths. The owner came and greeted us, and he and his wife and son were very friendly...chatting with us about the menu and the football game on TV...oh, and he is the chief cook AND the entertainment, apparently....(He sings to the customers in the afternoon...my friends liked his voice but none of us were too sure about the choice of music....mostly 80s pop....)
Anyway, my friend's sister and her husband who were with us had never tried South Indian food, so we definitely focused on that aspect of the menu. We ordered an obscene amount of food so that we could try different things....the bottom line is that I found the Bhel Puri and Chat Puri to be excellent, perhaps better than I remembered...but hubby was not quite as fond of the dosa as he remembered (the filling was very spicy and tasty, but they were a little spongier than he likes, and the sambar did not come out with the dosa....I think Mom - our waitress - was a little overwhelmed...and her son was paying more attention to the game than helping as he was apparently supposed to be doing...).
The owner/chef said that there were some Hyberadi (sp?) dishes on the menu that are his specialties...we tried an eggplant one that was actually quite good. Also had Upma, which was well made...I hate to admit it but it was better than my husband's so that means it was excellent...very creamy texture.
The total bill for six with tax and tip and a number of chai teas was 120 dollars...perhaps a little pricier than meals in the past but certainly reasonable....we ate a lot of food and brought eggplant home. It wasn't EXACTLY the same place, but the food was very good; my friends loved it; and we had a really good time. Still highly recommended.
The restaurant is apparently now called India Curry and the Sai taken out of the name. Its on Maryland Parkway about a block south of Tropicana......