Awesomeness alert - Sana (Indian and Pakistani cuisine)
I posted a quick review here:
I'm sure many of you are familiar with this place, but I was completely oblivious. I discovered it last night and am seriously considering going back. Like, tonight.
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I went here recently with a friend of Indian descent visiting from Boston. He had read this post and was intrigued. It's the real deal. We ordered garlic naan, okra, a kebab, a lamb dish, and butter chicken. Everything was great, but the butter chicken was sublime, a dish I will not soon forget and will need to go back for again soon. Too much food for the 2 of us but the leftovers were just as good a few days later so over-ordering turned out to be a good strategy. Sure, the atmosphere is not fine dining, but the food, oh my.
Tried this place out a few days ago. Honestly, a fairly average offering based on what we had. Naan was good, as was the channa samosa (nice tamarind sauce, though my Indian dining partner likes the one at Curry House better). Butter chicken was decent but too watery and not sweet enough. Chicken jalfrezi was the biggest disappointment as this dish is typically spicy, and we told the waiter we wanted it as such. Our spiciness request seemed to be ignored, and we also found the bell pepper overpowered the rest of the flavours.
Service was rather unfriendly. All things considered I prefer other south Asian restos in the area, like Moti Mehal.
As someone of Pakistani background, I used to go to Sana quite a bit. It *was* as close to my mother's cooking as I had ever had. Recently though they have suffered a bit in quality, will have to ask what's up, new chef perhaps?
Recommend: Any of the Kormas. The butter chicken, a dish to which I'm normally opposed since it's neither Pakistani (nor Indian for that matter) is quite good. And they call it Chicken Tikka Masala as they should. ;-). Usually good sized piece of tandoori chicken. The biryani is nothing to write home about, but something alot of non-pakistanis don't try is the Chargha chicken. A whole chicken, steamed and deepfried (no skin). It's among my favourites..
Hope the quality comes back up, it's a bit bland these days, but a few comments from his regulars and i'm sure he'll turn things around.
Butter chicken is an Indian dish. Chicken Tikka masala is neither Indian or Pakistani according to most sources. The story is that it was created in the UK for a diner that complained his tandoori chicken was too dry, so the chef whipped up a sauce made from condensed tomato soup and spices.
OP here... since my first visit I've been back maybe a dozen times. On one occasion (a Sat afternoon) they seemed to have a somewhat 'off' day but all other visits were stellar.