Posted: 2/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Now that Ambassador of India in Glastonbury is gone, it is probably the best Indian food within 30 minutes of Manchester. When I lived near there, I got to know the friendly owner who is a decent guy. If you like spicy food, order it a bit spicier than you think you might normally, because although the Indians often like their food really spicy, they try not to scare Americans' off. The food is priced affordably (probably cheaper than Denny's). The food used to be legendary when they employed a Sikh cook named Sittar, who last I knew relocated to cook at a horrible fast food wings/Indian food restaurant at UCONN (wings express). It's still pretty good though, and worth the price.
The tomato soup, very spicy is probably one of the hottest foods - pure liquid death. It's tasty though. The Channa Masala (chickpeas curry) was always good. The iced tea is also awesome, with a cinnamon stick and, I think its a cardamom pod in it. The Aloo Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower is also quite good), as was the okra dish (Bindi Masala?) The Aloo Mattar (potatoes and peas but way tastier than that sounds) is pretty good here too. The roti was kind of leathery - go for the Kulcha or the Naan (especially the garlic naan) for breads. If you order food that is too hot, a mango Lassi (type of yogurt drink) will cool your mouth down (the dairy fat helps to absorb the hot oils).
For the newbie who thought Chicken Tikki Masala was the signature dish of Indian restaurants - you are clueless. Indian food is classically vegetarian, and the best dishes are usually the vegetarian ones, at any Indian restaurant (although North India has more meat dishes, I think). I would give this 4.5 stars, but it doesn't seem to let me give half stars.