Sai Krishna Bhavan in Morrisville (RTP)
We went for dinner this week and, in short, please visit. It's worth it.
This is a limited review since there were only 2 of us and we couldn't order that much. We started with the garlic naan which was excellent, loaded with garlic and butter, and absolutely delicious. The cilantro on it was very mild which, since I am averse to cilantro, was a good thing. You may disagree, but my cilantro-loving dining partner also loved it. The naan is a real treat for garlic lovers.
Gobi Manchurian - We ordered the version with "gravy." I'm conflicted here. The dish itself was very well executed. The cauliflower was cooked properly and was obviously very fresh. The sauce was tasty and the cauliflower was fried crisply. In short, it was an excellent rendition of what a Chinese-American sweet-and-sour dish could be if someone paid some attention and took some care with it. My problem, and this is my problem only, is it just wasn't what I felt like eating at the moment. My fault for ordering the wrong thing. Don't let that stop you if you like Indian-Chinese food. It was very good. Btw, the Manchurian is served with plain white rice, not basmati.
Mysore Masala Dosa - I'm not convinced we got the Mysore dosa as I'm not sure the "spicy chutney" was anywhere to be found. The dosa itself was appropriately huge and crispy at the edges, softer towards the center. The potato filling was delicious. This leads me to the chutneys and sambar...At least to me, the coconut and ginger chutneys were unusual. They were also very tasty and went well with the dishes. The coconut chutney gave a great textural contrast. I ended up using some of the ginger chutney on the Gobi Manchurian and the combination was excellent. The sambar served with the dosa was smokey, spicy, and tasted like the essence of legume. More please.
In talking with the owner, we mentioned that we regretted not ordering a curry. He brought over a small sample of one of the curries which contained paneer and, I think, gobi. Wow. It was excellent, and made us regret even more that we hadn't ordered a curry. Next time. That's a promise.
On the down side, I have two problems. I feel that we were being steered into ordering a certain way because we are not Indian. We had to repeat a few times that we really did want a specific dish and the like. Also, at dinner time, the restaurant was very empty. The entire time we were there only two other diners ate in, both lone Indian men. Another person came in to pick up take-out and one more came in to ask about the menu. This may have led to what I felt was hovering by the staff. I was getting uncomfortable with the excessive level of attention we received. I hope it will be different if there are more customers to serve.
I can't comment on the lunch buffet at all but I'm looking forward to trying it. if you do go for the buffet, remember to ask for a dosa. They are not on the buffet for obvious reasons, but are included in the $8.99 price.
10970 Chapel Hill Road. Suite 108, Morrisville NC 27560 - (919)481.0910
http://saikrishnabhavan.com/index.html (WARNING - the website has music which can be paused. I hate music on restaurant websites.)
Thanks for the write up. I'm guessing the lack of customers may be because there are a bunch of veg Indian restaurants in that area now-- I'm guessing at least 8. GHreg Cox reviewed them recently, mostly favorably. He mentioned the owner did a long stint at Udupi Cafe so he certainly has the right credentials.