Indian restaurants [Sonoma County]
I was there mid-March and stupidly ordered Pork Vindaloo while remarking that one never sees pork offered in Indian restaurants. Really tough and dry and not very spicy. The vegetables on the side were a frozen medley (lima beans, carrot cubes, etc.) with curry sauce on them.
The chai was fantastic. Despite my experience I would give it another shot but be very careful ordering, perhaps giving the namesake Tandoori a try.
Then a place that I know nothing about is Torch of India in downtown Santa Rosa.
The only reason I mention it is that its website says:
"Experience the authentic taste of India with Torch of India far superior to the competition like Sizzling Tandoor, Masala jacks, Pamposh etc Best Indian food restaurant in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Try the favorite Indian cuisine of Sonoma County, taste the home-style Indian delectable food with Torch of India."
Please do report back when you try any of these.
re: Melanie Wong
Took my father for a late lunch at Yeti on Saturday; I've never been, but my dad, who lives in Glen Ellen, had been several times and it was at the top of his list of places to be treated at...good enough of an endorsement for me; he is in his late eighties so it makes me happy to see him enjoy eating!
We arrived just before the three to five pm break, but were seated right away and treated very nicely. The patio is very pleasant, but it was a little warm so we chose to eat inside.
Welcoming feel to the room, lots of light and a long attractive bar. One wall is lined with wine, but we were in the mood for beer. Very nice if a bit limited beer selection: Lagunitas IPA for me, Kingfisher for Dad.
I love momos, so we started with an order each of the chicken and veggie version, plus an order of vegetable pakoras. Dad also ordered a green salad.
The pakoras came first, along with three chutneys: a sweet tamarind version, one with mint, and a somewhat spicy chile and tomato sauce. The mint was my favorite, although I wish it had a bit of heat; even the tomato chile chutney wasn't that spicy. The pakoras were quite good, tasted very fresh, lots of vegetable flavors; particularly spinach, onion, carrot and cauliflower.
Salad came next, and it was HUGE: very fresh mixed greens topped with cucumber, carrot, avocado, some olives, with a green goddess type dressing on the side. Even two of us splitting it couldn't quite finish it, but my father, who loves his greens, was very happy.
The momos came last, on a bed of lightly braised iceberg lettuce and carrots. On another thread, someone criticized the filling in the vegetable momos as tasting canned: I didn't think that was the case, but on the other hand they didn't have a ton of flavor so it could be. I preferred the chicken momos, which had more flavor and more bite although I thought they were a bit heavy on the cumin. Each momo order had six rather large dumplings. I am a pushover when it comes to dumplings in any form, but the fillings on these were only average although the dumplings themselves were slightly above average, and went well with a mix of mint and tamarind chutney.
We couldn't finish the momos, but they held up surprisingly well for my father's breakfast this morning.
Wish I had tried the naan, but we had too much food as it was. Bottom line: I can see why my father likes the place. We only sampled a small part of the menu, but I'd like to go back and try more. The patio would be a lovely place to hang out with a beer or three and some of those pakoras on a nice day...
Total for lunch with a very generous tip (as a thank you for cutting short their afternoon break: we were never rushed even though they locked the door behind us), two beers, and enough food for lunch and breakfast, was about $45. Menu appears to be the same (with same prices) at lunch and dinner. Most of the menu options are Indian; there are several salads. Nice change of pace from the usual California-centric food in Glen Ellen.
Sonoma County is home to many Nepalese restaurants, and all of them also offer North Indian dishes. Is there a particular dish or style of Indian food that you're seeking?
Some past threads:
Pamposh, Santa Rosa
Ganesha, Santa Rosa
Sobbit Goa, Santa Rosa
Everest Indian, Petaluma
Masala Jack's, Cotati
Sizzling Tandoor has locations in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, but I've not tried them myself.