Legend of India is a powerful name inviting fabled greatness us mere mortals can momentously suppose will be worth our involvement. My officemates and I decided to pay our respects to this place using vouchers we procured from a local deal site. Voucher details consisted of unlimited curry for dinner with rice and dessert.
Although Indian cuisine isn’t top of my list for fine dining, the chance to satisfy an adventure of unrestricted gluttony for this acquired taste was nigh and to enjoy the moment with wonderful work-colleagues doubled the excitement.
This restaurant looked anything but Indian from the outside. Brick and wall foundations could imply any western impressions. If it isn’t for the illuminated font illustrating a script of Asian origin I wouldn’t had tied it with any Indian origin.
The interiors were quite a disappointment. Despite the dimmed lights and ambiance, the place hardly states consistently ‘Indian’ or anything similar to it. It felt a bit rigid, civil and forced. If it wasn’t for the hanging ‘curtains’ and Bollywood videos and music from platform screens, there might not be any Asian reflection.
We were provided a list of curry available for our vouchers. As you can view from the left, there isn’t much to consider and since nobody in our group was well-versed in Indian dishes, we opted to have everything brought out to our table and to request seconds for favourites. The menu on the right is a list of drinks we could order since our voucher didn’t include drinks for redemption.
The good thing about this restaurant is they ask your spice preference so they could tell their chef to tweak the spiciness for each dish they put on your table. I liked that very much.
Papadum is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian food usually created from seasoned dough made from black gram (urad flour), fried or cooked with dry heat. This was very crisp and tasty and eating this with either minty or spicy sauces made it an instant hit with everyone we ordered for seconds… and thirds!
Aloo Bounda is a deep fried savory snack stuffed with potato spices mixture. It is crispy outside and soft inside. No ingredient overpowers the other with flavours subtly complementing each other.
Dhal Tarka is a preparation of dried lentils, peas or beans, which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It is a healthy source of protein for a balanced diet containing little or no meat.
Palak Paneer consists of spinach and paneer (Indian farmer’s cheese) in a thick curry sauce based on pureed spinach. It is a popular vegetarian dish and is best taken with roti, naan or boiled rice.
Chicken Masala is a dish of roasted chicken chunks, in a spicy (masala) sauce. The sauce is usually creamy, spiced and orange-coloured. I loved this very much. It reminded me of our own local cuisine, afritada, but taken to another level from spices included in this dish.
Fish Curry. This dish’s components were almost similar to Chicken Masala’s but with a subtly added fish aftertaste. This became a hit for everyone.
Assorted Indian Bread, Naan / Tandoori Roti. They were generous with this one and despite very few burned ones, we were able to finish everything.
Gulab Jammu is a popular cheese-based dessert, similar to a dumpling. This is mainly made from milk solids and is kneaded into a dough, sometimes with a pinch of flour, shaped into balls then deep friend. Afterwards, these are soaked in light sugar syrup flavoured with spices like cardamom, rosewater or saffron.
After all the curry and spices of main dishes, Gulad Jammu was a welcome taste to break the monotony. It was very sweet but not overpowering and for those like us, who only acquired Indian flavours, the herb / spice aftertaste was very intriguing.
The servings weren’t that much but we easily became full probably from mounds of rotti and the spice and herbs accompanying each dish. We agreed our voucher redemptions could had probably added more option in their menu for customers to enjoy more flavours but for the number of repeat orders we had I guess we had enough.
It did made me wonder what other Indian dishes were in store since I feel an elusive play of flavours in the end. I was looking for something else, a reminder of what I had. Gulad Jammu flavour stuck in my brain but I am more intrigued on other main dishes available in their menu.