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.
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.
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.