Thursday, February 17th, 2005

India Express

My friend Kait and I were craving Indian food but didn’t feel like driving all the way to Ballard for India Bistro, which is my favorite Indian restaurant in Seattle. I looked online and found a few favorable reviews for India Express, so I placed an order of malai kofta ($8.95) and chicken vindaloo ($7.95) with a medium level of spice, plus an order of naan ($1.75) and raita ($1.25).

The vindaloo was not very good and I couldn’t make out any flavor except for hot, hot and hot. The malai kofta consisted of veggie and cheese balls in a tomato butter sauce. The sauce was incredible, but again too hot, so I had to scrape most of it off. Luckily, the cheese balls were moist and flavorful even without the sauce. The naan was just okay, which is weird because I love naan so much that I rarely ever question the quality of it. Maybe it was overcooked? It was dry like I imagine newspaper would taste. The raita turned out to be a green-colored yogurt with no discernable cucumber flavor, but it did help to cool down the heat of the main dishes a little.

So with the exception of the malai kofta, I found the meal disappointing and too hot to eat. I don’t think I’ll be ordering from India Express again, which is sad because I’d like to find a decent and reasonably priced Indian restaurant on Capitol Hill.

12 Responses to “India Express”

  1. Brandon says:

    I too think India Bistro is the best Indian restaurant in Seattle. I also really like Qazis in Fremont. Unfortunately I don’t know any good Indian restaurants on Capitol Hill but I’ll keep my eye open.

  2. stef says:

    incidentally, we had indian too this weekend at cedar’s in udistrict but we still prefer roti in queen anne. i haven’t tried india bistro but you can bet it’s the next stop for indian food for us. thanks for sharing. will look out for a good indian place on cap hill.

  3. megwoo says:

    Hi Brandon,
    Thanks for the tip on Qazis, I’m going to check that out soon! Any recommended dishes I should try?

  4. megwoo says:

    Hey Stef!
    I haven’t heard of Roti, but I will check that out… Queen Anne is a little closer than Ballard.

  5. RisaG says:

    You have to expect anything Vindaloo will be very hot! I have eaten it in many restaurants and have seen many recipes for it and it is always very spicy. Now you know.

    I have never been to Seattle but have eaten in many Indian restaurants in NYC, NJ and all along the Eastern Coast of USA and it is always a very spicy dish.

    If you want something less spicy, go for tandoori chicken, anything biryani, and eat a lot of bread and yogurt dishes with anything spicy. The dairy quiets the fire.

  6. megwoo says:

    Thanks for the tips Risa. I guess I just got spoiled eating the vindaloo at India Bistro, because it’s really flavorful without the burning hot.

  7. I like India Express, but I tend to like my Indian spicy and delivered. If you’re looking for the mild-but-flavoricious on Capitol Hill, check out Anapurna on Broadway (Under the old Kinkos by the Post Office). It’s not Indian, it’s Nepalese, but the flavors are amazing and you’ll recognize many of the dishes.

  8. megwoo says:

    Hi Matt,
    I’ve been driving by Anapurna for awhile now, wondering what it’s like, so it’s great to get a recommendation. I am definitely going to try it out soon. Thanks!

  9. Brandon says:

    I can’t recommend a dish a Qazis. We’ve only been to the lunch buffet on Sunday afternoons. We’ll walk down to the Sunday market and suddenly get a whif of it and despite our best efforts we get drawn in. I never really look at the names of the dishes, I just eat.

  10. megwoo says:

    Thanks Brandon,
    I’ll have to check out the buffet. It sounds good!

  11. Tamiko says:

    I have to second the Annapurna recommendation. They have very tasty food and friendly (but sometimes slow) service. Their mussel curry and fresh naan are worth the underground eating experience.

  12. megwoo says:

    Thanks Tomiko! I was actually wondering about the underground action, but it sounds like it’s worth it. I love mussels, I love curry and I love naan!

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