Succeeds at cool, tumbles on traditional Indian fair, fails at value
At first, the atmosphere really draws you in. After sneaking a peak at a few plates, you can't help get excited to eat here. Then your food comes. I got the vegetable samosas and while they came out warm, regardless if they were not piping hot, they still were a bit disappointing. This is coming from someone who had real samosas in India. The filling was nicely whipped, but in terms of kick and flavor it failed. At the price you pay, you should expect something that would come at least close to what real Indian fair should be. The Taj Mahal lager, a real good Indian beer, (they didn't have the 22oz) :( helped me forget about how elementary their samosas were. I was excited to have the Gobi Manchurian, which is hard to find in Indian restaurants around Philadelphia, and was satisfied. It could have been a bit more crispier, but the sauce was spot on. My date got a chicken base, with a chefs special sauce which was nicely spiced and finished well with some Nan. Her basmati rice was cooked perfectly and her lentils were something else. The lentils came out to be the winner here. I never thought lentils would have been the focus of the night, especially at a swanky place such as this, but life is full of surprises. I used to hate lentils after only eating it repeatedly in India, but this place revived my tastes. However, the price was not worth prize winning lentils. It isn't that bad, but if you are concerned about getting value, don't go here. The tastes don't match the price. However, if your looking to impress a date, this is a great place. The atmosphere is romantic, it has a lot of interesting Indian dishes that I wish I could try. Overall, if you got money to burn, sure... Why not. But if decor and trendiness doesn't matter, there are much better Indian restaurants out there that can match cafe spices price with their tastes. One more thing: The service was a bit slow on a slow night. But I wasn't a big spender so let that be a clue.