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Mar 3, 2010 05:59 AM

Orissa in Dobbs Ferry

Ate at just opened Orissa in Dobbs Ferry. Owners following the recent trend in the Rivertowns of building attractive spaces for restaurants -- the place has a nice contemporary feel, like Lemon Tree down the street. A decade ago, new restaurants just threw a coat of paint on the walls.

Had 2 couples with kids, although 3 kids ate off the "kids menu" which was a nice innovation for an Indian Restaurant.

The food was really good for this price point, and markedly better than the surrounding Indians. Appetizers standouts being the Tamarind Shrimp and the non-fried Calamari (can't remember what it was called). The sauces were interesting and different from what I'm used to. Hint of heat in the Tamarind Shrimp was nice for a group with varying tolerance for spice.

The 3-type of samosas were far lighter than the usual heavy, fried baseballs of potato samosas I've come to expect elsewhere; I had stopped eating samosas, but these were nice.

My group liked all the entrees that we ordered, which is unusual. My favorite was the Gobhi and Peas -- nice to see cauliflower uncoupled from potato. Lamb in traditional curry was satisfying. My wife loved the Chicken Tikka Masala. And the garlic nan was a big hit. Had to skip dessert as kids were getting antsy.

Orissa calls itself a wine bar as well. I was delighted to see Le Chemin de Bassac Isa white there, which is made with organic grapes. It is a favorite of ours, and was a real complement to Indian food. My only complaint was that I saw another favorite, a St. Chinian red, sitting on a shelf but not on the menu. Wish I had heard more about the wines. Next time.

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  1. I got kinda excited about this since I had no clue and I work in Dobbs. They have a web page, but I have to say it embodies the worst excesses of restaurant web page design. At least there is no music though. I would have liked to check out the prices since I am looking for more of a lunch place than a sit down kinda place.

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    1. re: jcmods

      Maybe you had your speakers turned off.

      1. re: jcmods

        And in all that excess, I didn't find a street address or phone #!

        1. re: cavandre

          Yes, it was only later that I realized there was music. And not one shred of useful information. It really does not bode well when alll they had to do was plop a menu up there and skip the flashy graphics.

          1. re: jcmods

            I walked by yesterday. Address is: 14 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry, 914-231-7800
            It is across the street from Tomatillo.

            Sign out front said that it is now open for lunch.

            Have to agree on the website: heavy on style and light on information. I assume they will build it out as they're open longer. Really friendly staff, though.

            1. re: HamTech87

              Thank you very much for your nice review. The staff at Orissa really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon.

              1. re: alfadog711

                We ate at Orissa last night for the first time and the food was excellent. The samosas and the salad with mango and carrots were outstanding, as was the chicken with basil tandoori style entree. There was only one problem: the woman who greeted us was overly anxious to make diners feel welcome. I would recommend that there be a more relaxed greeting and respect for the privacy of those coming for a meal. The owners are lovely and the food, again, was excellent. We will be back soon.

        2. re: jcmods

          We are currently working on a whole new website, not to worry. We are open from Tuesday-Sunday and we are closed on Monday. Lunch starts at 12:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome. You can reach us at 914-231-7800. We are located on 14 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Thank You.

          1. re: alfadog711

            Do you have a lunch buffet? If so, what is the price? Thanks.

            1. re: MisterBill2

              I'm glad to read that the food was good...I really wanted to check this place out. I saw that Orissa was listed during HV Restaurant Week, but there was no contact phone number for them (or I called and no one picked up the phone or got back to my message)> I even sent an email to them asking about making a reservation as part of HV Rest. Week, but no reply.. very disappointing!

              I hope they update their website and start answering the phone when prospective customers call!

          2. I wanted to post about our dinner at Orissa tonight- I also was thrown by their website and really wish they had their menu up because I like to have an idea about the price point before going to a new restaurant. However, the NYT review said it could be very reasonable, so we peeked at the menu and decided to give it a shot over our old Dobbs standard, Tomatillo.

            We were pleased with the food, atmosphere, and service. The hosts/waiters were EXCELLENT, very welcoming, polite, pleasant. The place itself is cute, modern, a little trendy, definitely different from a traditional Indian place. The food is a little more "Indian Fusion" than straight out Indian, and I think the flavors lack a little bit of the complexity I'm used to in Indian food. That said, we enjoyed everything we ordered-- the bite size, greaseless, delicious samosas, a nice mixed salad that we were able to split 3 ways, chicken tikka masala, lamb korma, and saag paneer (I liked the saag paneer the best)... Generous portions of rice are included with entrees, and the naan is piping hot and as good as any I've had. They kept our iced tea topped off (free refills on that) and even gave us extra fresh rice to take home for our leftovers (no charge).

            We skipped dessert, since we had been planning on getting Jane's ice cream at the cupcake place in Irvington, but I wish we hadn't (it was closed!) since it sounded like they had some tantalizing options. This is a great neighborhood restaurant and it did end up being pretty reasonable given all the food we got, probably cheaper than many other non-buffet Indian restaurants (our entrees were all $15 and under, and the portion size left me with a little leftover for lunch). Is it the best Indian in the county? No, but I'd be here quite often if I lived in Dobbs Ferry.

            13 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              Had another terrific meal at Orissa. This is a real neighborhood gem-- the second best dining destination in Dobbs, with no long wait to boot-- and I will be back often. The food is great and the service is so friendly. Samosas, salads, and all entrees were a hit. We got desserts this time too, and gobbled up the cardamom brownie sundae, cardamom chocolate mousse, rice pudding, and chocolate sorbet. Just keep in mind this is not a traditional Indian restaurant. My mom-- a self proclaimed Indian food purist-- was a little put off by the mussels on the menu (which, judging by the rest of the food, are probably delicious), but I like their unique flair.

              ETA: They have a new website up with menus.

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I've eaten at Orissa 3 times this summer. The service is a bit more relaxed now (which is a good thing) and they seem to have hit their stride. All the standards are great, and I love the mango salad. I also like that I can bring those who are not Indian fans here, and they enjoy it.

                The wine bar in back is a nice addition. I like to duck in there and see who is at the bar, and then grab a glass of whatever special they're serving. The owners hang out back there, and are friendly and easy to talk to.

                Orissa Restaurant
                14 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

            2. Sadly, Orissa closed. The space is now The Parlor.