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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Indian (Royal India)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Indian (Royal India)

There’s a little back story to todays post.

Some of you may be surprised to hear this bombshell. I have a little history with Indian food. And not a good one. I’ve tried my fair share of Indian over the years (restaurants and home-cooked) and rarely did it go well for me. Something about it just didn’t resonate with me.  After many disappointing tastings, I finally made a drastic choice.  I decided “I didn’t like Indian” and gave up on it.  If friends asked me to try a new Indian restaurant, I would politely decline.  I hated being so close-minded but my bad experiences left me no choice.

Royal India, Capital Blvd

Royal India, Capital Blvd

A few weeks back, a co-worker (the same guy who recommended Mami Nora’s) kept talking about a great Indian buffet place.  It didn’t really appeal to me at first but he kept insisting we check out Royal India.  After a couple of weeks of his constant reminders, I decided it was time to give Indian another try.  I was about to be pleasantly surprised.

Curry Chicken & Samosas

Curry Chicken & Samosas

I was a little apprehensive at first, so I gravitated towards what was a little more familiar, the chicken curry.  I loved it.  If you are a fan of red curry, you will really enjoy Royal India’s version of it.  Another dish I kept going back for more of were the samosas.  Samosas are a fried pastry filled with potatoes.  Delicious.  I definitely got my fill at this buffet.  Those are two excellent places to start if you aren’t too familiar with Indian cuisine.  Eventually I moved on to the tandoori chicken and even tried the rice pudding for dessert.  I highly recommend trying those as well.

I think what I loved most about Royal India was beyond the gaudy decor (intricate woodwork and Bollywood music videos playing in the background) was the “home-cooked” taste to the dishes.  Everything tasted right.  I think my main problem with Indian in the past was the extremities of the flavors.  I now believe that I simply did not have good Indian food, where the flavors were properly balanced. Royal India brought me back to a comfortable place, and I was even willing to branch out and try a few dishes I hadn’t tried before.

Maybe you’ve felt the same way about Indian, or any other type of food.  I learned a valuable lesson after that lunch, that everything deserves a second taste.

Btw, my co-worker’s favorite dish is the butter chicken.

Yup.

My debit card had some issues…thought we would have to wash dishes 🙁



Ming Liu

Ming Liu, video producer by day, food blogger by night. Not a "foodie" in the traditional sense, his only training is watching healthy portions of Food Network with his girlfriend. And his love of good food. His tastes range from NC BBQ (he grew up in Raleigh) to authentic Chinese (where he was born) and everything in between. Join Ming as he explores the best food Raleigh has to offer.


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