Indian Restaurants in the Western Suburbs
Hadn't been to Bawarchi (in the Chesterbrook Shopping Center in Wayne) in a long time.
The food at the lunch buffet midweek was excellent. I got to the restaurant past peak time, and found that the vegetables that I remember as being in the sambar were emptied out. The sambar was still very tasty, but there were no vegetables, such as cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes in it to enjoy.
There was no idli either, a first for me in all the trips here. Although I was trying to cut down on my intake of fried foods, I did have to try one vada, which was quite good.
Since the last time I was there, the expansion of the restaurant has allowed for more serving space for the buffet dishes. (Before, there used to be just one long serving table - now there are three such serving tables.) The longest area contained the sambar, side dishes like the vadas, pakoras, upma, rice (two different kinds), and all the various main vegetarian dishes. Another serving area contained the various chicken and other meat dishes, as well as the salad, chutney, raita, and fresh fruit. The third area contained some beverages and two desserts.
The new area, as has been mentioned before, seems to be designed by someone whose strength is not with interior decoration. The large squares on the carpeting clash with everything else in the room. There are large expanses of wall space that are crying out for some decoration. Part of the walls contain pictures, but too much space is empty making the room look incomplete and very cold.
The other issue I took note of is that on this day there were many groups consisting of a large number of people who took up large areas of space. Diners consisting of one or two people were very few. Single folks or couples are relegated to areas that are not very hospitable. Sitting next to a large empty wall space is not something that I have had in most other restaurants. The host and servers are fairly emphatic with directing singles and couples away from the larger tables even if they are empty. (I understand the need to keep the larger spaces available for large groups, but the design of the restaurant now is much less warm than every other Indian restaurant I have been to.)
Foodwise ... the vegetarian dishes were excellent. I don't know of any other place in this area that makes dal as good as this restaurant. The palak paneer was pleasantly flavored - consisting of pureed spinach with fairly moist paneer cubes. I contrast this with the way that nearby Chinnar makes this (the less said on this matter, the better).
There was a cabbage-coconut dish (shreds of these that were lightly fried) that was quite tasty. There was some sort of a pepper dish that I couldn't make out. It had a tasty sauce. (Interestingly, I did not find these two vegetarian side dishes listed on the menu.) The tandoori chicken was tasty. (I did not have the cury chicken or the other meat selections.)
First time I had been here where the salad was cut up in a way to make it appealing.
Desserts consisted of fresh cantaloupe, rasgulla, and an egg custard type dessert that was very attractively displayed along with attractive serving containers. It was very delicious, and provided an enjoyable way to finish the meal.
Nearby Chinnar appeared to have cut back in its lunch buffet selection (no soup few desserts, few side dishes), while Bawarchi seems to have expanded its selection.
For a person who is willing to sample Indian food with a Hyderabad flavor style, and to eat more vegetarian style foods, Bawarchi offers a very nice lunch buffet selection. Watch out for some of the fried appetizers - if you stay with the more mainstream vegetarian dishes, this place can offer you very healthy food (for such an Indian restaurant).