One of my latest finds that I have now dubbed as a Hampton Roads “Hot Spot” is an Indian restaurant I discovered this past summer. I came across this little gem thanks to the recommendation of my aunt as a place she wanted to celebrate her birthday. I had never heard of it, so I immediately jumped online to Google the restaurant and their menu. I was impressed right off the bat with the array of available dishes and price points to please every budget. One of the biggest stand outs for me was their use of various organic ingredients and the availability of dishes that are traditionally gluten-free.
The atmosphere is very laid-back and relaxing with cool, soothing tones displayed throughout the decor. I made reservations online via their website, as I was unsure if we would have to wait for a table on Saturday evening. We were seated right away and received very prompt and courteous service. Our party ordered different dishes and we took turns trying each dish. My kids ordered the chicken, fish and shrimp but did not love the fish (salmon). ( I was happy to eat it for them as it was cooked to perfection.) Unless your kids have a sophisticated palate, you may want to stick to the chicken nuggets and fries for the little ones.
I ordered the vegetable pilaf and it was absolutely delicious. It was seasoned perfectly, although I could tell that some dishes tasted as if it may have a high sodium content. (If that is something you are trying to watch, you may want to check with your server.) Every dish was plated beautifully and almost looked too pretty to eat. While the prices may be a little high depending on your meal choice, you definitely get your money’s worth. I had plenty to take home to eat the next day.
Overall we enjoyed it so much we decided to return this past weekend to celebrate my mother’s birthday. On my aunt’s birthday, as well as my mom’s, I let the staff know we were celebrating their birthday and asked them to be presented with a dessert. They obliged both times without a problem. Being that I did not pay either bill, I am not sure if were charged or it was on the house, but I am assuming the latter. You can always check to be certain.
As pleased as I was with the restaurant, I was surprised that it has not been more crowded on both of our visits. I am unsure if it is not well-known or locals aren’t big fans of Indian food, but I felt it was worth sharing my experience. If you decide to check it out or have before, feel free to share your experience below. I hate seeing great local places being under-appreciated and I like spreading the word.
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