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New Indian restaurant "Baingan" coming to Shelton, Ct

javaandjazz Dec 15, 2011 01:05 PM

Was on my home from work and noticed where Bella Vista restaurant was that there is a sign on the front of the building that "Baingan" indian restaurant will be opening soon. So glad we are getting an indian restaurant in the valley, it's about time!!!!

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    KristineP Dec 16, 2011 03:00 PM

    Can't wait! Any idea when this place is supposed to open?

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      javaandjazz Dec 17, 2011 04:29 AM

      it doesn't say but I drive by during the week so I will keep an eye out!

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        camera49 Dec 22, 2011 11:09 AM

        just spoke with them 12/22/11 and they said they will be opening on the 2nd week of February with a Friday-Sunday buffet.

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          javaandjazz Dec 23, 2011 05:54 AM

          great, thanks! Looking forward to it.

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        Ankit Apr 13, 2012 12:09 PM

        Hey guys. we went today (friday the 13th april'12) to "Baingan"and it was a lucky day for us.
        The food was awesome, and the interior was also good especially at the back side of the restaurant facing the river. Comparing to other Indian restaurant @orange like coromandal and star of India, I feel this was better than those. Even the buffet cost was competitive ..less than 10 bucks. enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

      3. algct Dec 23, 2011 07:38 AM

        That's good. Hopefully some South-Indian dosas will be on the menu.

        I got turned off to Bella-Vista when they put out the "Smoking Permitted on Patio" sign.
        It would be nice to overlook the river without getting a lung full of wafted cigarette smoke. I would tolerate a good Cuban, however.

        1. javaandjazz Apr 12, 2012 09:16 AM

          It's open! Has anyone been yet?


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            bossy_girl May 15, 2012 10:17 AM

            It is OPEN. We ate there first week of May 2012 and it was GREAT. Yes they DO have dosas on the menu, and the food was incredibly good. It is comparable to Coromandel (we thought better... then naan was lighter and more filling to the dosa) and the flavors excellent. The prices were lower than Coromandel, and it was closer for us (we live in Stratford) so it was a win-win-win!

            The interior of the place gets a B... it isn't spectacular but fine. We are looking forward to enjoying the HUGE outdoor deck however when it gets warm this summer. I love when restaurants offer outdoor space that isn't on the road or parking lot!

            The owner let us know that the owners are primarly Nepalese...so I imagine if you have a dish from Nepal that you like, you could ask for it.

            Great service too! It was a great night.

            1. javaandjazz May 21, 2012 01:40 AM

              has anyone really been here yet?

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                algct May 21, 2012 06:12 AM

                I was there the 3rd day they opened in late March. I did post somewhere on this board.

                To recap, the dosas were not available at that time (purveyor deliveries etc, or kitchen shake-downs).

                The food was tasty & well prepared. I would stay away from the Asian-fusion appetizer, just didn't do it for us.

                They do have a luncheon "barf-ette" & will check it out. You can see how much care the staff puts in their food even though they are just doing it in mass quantities.

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                  javaandjazz May 21, 2012 01:55 PM

                  thank you for a real review and to Jimmy C who told me he went also and enjoyed it!

              2. javaandjazz May 27, 2012 05:45 AM

                I finally made it here this past friday night about 8pm. I had butter chicken and my dining companion had chicken tiki masala. I have to say the food went down very easily and was very good. I will definitely be going back as I go past here on the way home from work every day. It's nice to finally have an indian restaurant in the valley.

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                  Gardenweasel May 31, 2012 06:51 PM

                  Went there about a month ago & thought it was just ok. The naan was excellent as was my curry goat, but prefer the samosas & chicken tikka at Coromandel. There was only one other diner besides my table, we sat for about 15 min before any of the staff that walked back and forth took our drink order so that definitely put me off. Maybe they've worked out the kinks by now & could be worth another try.

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                    temilove Jun 1, 2012 05:54 AM

                    I agree, COROMADEL is just so much better.

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                      bossy_girl Jun 1, 2012 07:55 AM

                      temi, although I agree that Coromandel is VERY good, we have eaten at Baingan twice and had GREAT food twice, both comparable in quality to Coromandel. CT has FAR too few excellent Indian restaurants. We've had to drive ALL THE WAY to Orange from Stratford to get Indian for three years. I would say that while it is our nature to compare restaurants, in this case, maybe the benefit of not having to drive so far outweighs ...

                      Also, we ate in the restaurant recently and had GREAT service, once with our friends and once with our kids. They were prompt and helpful and kind. So Gardenweasel I'd say yes to giving it another try.

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                        Gardenweasel Jun 1, 2012 05:32 PM

                        Thanks for the update! Shelton & Orange are both equal drives so it might be nice to try the outside patio this summer!

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                          stormshadow Jun 1, 2012 11:35 PM

                          I tried it for lunch yesterday--it was only my second time trying Indian Food. Much better than Darbar in Branford--this food has plenty of flavor and spice. Please give it a try. Didn't like my first Indian experience and almost wrote off the cuisine. So glad I didn't after trying this place.

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                          javaandjazz Jun 2, 2012 06:20 AM

                          That's funny what you say about the service. I think that skinny goofy kid is goofy at that. He actually forgot to add the wine to our bill and we called another of the wait staff over and asked him if the win was on the house. The night we were there at 8pm it wasn't that busy and he still seemed a bit overwhelmed. Also I did take out chicken curry a few days ago, it was ok, I have had better elsewhere. There is a small takeout indian joint down in Norwalk on route 1 next to Marshalls that makes EXCELLENT indian food. Kashmir Indian Kitchen. They make an excellent butter chicken.

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                    Gardenweasel Jul 6, 2012 07:41 PM

                    We did try it again today (had a coupon) & am glad we did. Delish lentil soup, tandoori chicken, naan,etc. Also had the "goofy" kid. Could have done without his repartee but will definitely be back!

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