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Neela's last night

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Ridge Oct 11, 2009 11:36 AM

Last night we went to Neela’s in Napa for dinner. Napa has a dearth of good Asian cuisine and I wanted to give this relatively new Indian restaurant a try. It was disappointing.
Service was slow. There was a large party and it took an inordinate amount of time to get our food (they were apologetic and comped a couple of the appetizers to make up for it). When the food finally arrived it came all at once which I did not like.

Here is what we ate:

Dahl: I was really in the mood or dahl. This was maybe the worst version I can remember eating. Watery, overcooked and extremely bland, it reminded us of cafeteria food.

Lasoon Jininga Shrimp: Looked delicious. But looks can be deceiving. The shrimp were undercooked and rubbery and did not pair well with the seasonings.

Beet and mint salad: Very good. The mint perfectly complemented the sweetness of the beets in a way I would not have imagined. Very satisfying.

Eggs with yogurt sauce: One of us thought this was disappointing but I thought at least it tasted good although it was a bit bland.

Lamb vindaloo: Very Good. The lamb was very tender and the sauce was good. The sauce was redolent with tamarind flavor and was spicy.

Assorted bread basket: Heavy and greasy. So saturated with fat that the bread was almost completely translucent.

This is the same restaurant Michael Bauer reviews in today’s chronicle and gives 3 stars. Bauer also claims this is “lighter and brighter” Indian food which I wholeheartedly disagree with. We ate about the same amount of food we usually eat at Ajanta in Berkeley, but afterwards our systems felt sickened and overloaded with fat.

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Neela's
975 Clinton Street, Napa, CA 94669

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  1. Robert Lauriston Oct 11, 2009 11:39 AM

    Was the place packed? It's common for places that are usually quiet to be overwhelmed by the crowds that show up for a few weeks after a Bauer review.

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      Ridge Oct 11, 2009 07:51 PM

      I wouldn’t say it was packed but there was a large wedding party.

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