new asian village
17501 100 ave
Last time I had some eats with Sherri and Kevin, we ended up on the west side at Dan Shing. With Kevin still without wheels, Sherri and I decided to head back to the west end and have another go around. On the way over, Sherri mentioned a craving for butter chicken and I'm always down for Indian. With Little India on the southside of town, I had a feeling we were driving into limited options. So with Kevin in tow we headed out. The only Indian restaurant that we could even think of on the west end was New Asian Village.
I should start by saying I've never had great experiences at any New Asian Village over the years, so I haven't been in some time. The restaurant itself is fancier than the mom and pop competition I frequent, and has blossomed into 4 locations around the city. We arrived a few minutes before they opened and noticed 3 other cars patiently waiting with us. Once open, we were seated quickly and got ready to dive in.
I was apparently pretty hungry on this day and mowed my way through two plates. Plate one was veg heavy;
including some butter chicken, tandoori chicken, cauliflower and potatoes, sweet peppers and paneer, corn, a mushroom dish and some fresh vegetables and chutneys. My favorite was definitely the cauliflower and potatoes. Dish two was similar;
but I added some more butter and tandoori chicken this time. Apparently I really enjoyed the corn, cauliflower, and bell pepper dishes, as I loaded up.
I didn't get a shot of Kevin's first plate, but it didn't matter as plate two looked exactly the same. Chicken and rice with a small spoon of vegetables. He liked the dishes, cleaning up both, along with some naan.
Sherri doesn't do Indian food in a grand scale. Her choice is straight forward - butter chicken, rice and naan. While I know many people enjoy butter chicken, the plate below was her second, I've never seen someone enjoy it this much. She even got a bowl of sauce to dip her naan in.
The food was good on this evening, which made up for the poor service. Our server only stopped at our table once throughout the night; to take away our first plates. We had asked for our water glasses to be filled and this request never materialized. While the appearance may be nicer than many Indian restaurants, its price point ($20 buffet) is higher than most and would definitely keep me from coming back regularly.
Friday, June 12, 2009
new asian village