The Other Half and I have driven by countless times and said, "We should try that place." We finally stopped in on a Thursday evening for an early dinner.
We were there around 7:00 pm. Not many people there....a couple of gentlemen in the bar area and a mixed familiy group in the dining room area. The building is semi-circular which breaks up the area a bit.
The "bar" side was banquettes and high tables, as well as the bar itself. The "grill" side was mostly very large booths. Not feeling energetic, we let gravity guide us to a booth on the "grill" side.
Not too much interesting "on tap", mostly the megabreweries. We ordered two pints of ale and settled down to the menu. The first page was Western-style pub appies. Next page was Indian-style appies, and the rest of the menu was pretty standard Indian.
We ordered tandoori chicken wings (from the appies menu - they came before the rest of the food), lamb and potato with methi greens (fenugreek), garlic naan, plain raita, plain rice. We asked for the wings to be "medium" - they came cloaked in a sticky killer "medium" sauce and ranch dressing. Garlic naan was VERY good, quite garlicky, with tender, flaky layers. Raita was very plain (we ordered plain, but it seemed to be just yogurt and black pepper), basmati rice was perfectly fluffy and hot, and the lamb....OMG. It was SO good. Lots of meat, very tender, a few chunks of potato and a wonderfully complex "dry" sauce just clinging to the meat and potatoes. Very flavourful, very nice. The OH found the tandoori wings a bit too hot for his taste, but a sweet mango lassi fixed that.
With three ales, a lassi and the above dishes, the bill was less than $50.00. Enough leftovers for another meal for the two of us.
Not sure what the "bar" side does later in the evening.... we're staid old folks, and left by 8:00. I would assume a later hour would bring in a younger crowd. Lots of screens, mostly Indian pop music videos playing. The "grill" side had just us and the other extended family with three kids.
Ambiance... spacious, modern, dark, tile floors. The water feature behind the bottles at the bar was soothing and a bit hypnotic.
Service... two young ladies, seemed a bit nervous. Could be we were out of their comfort zone, colour-wise, but they were very sweet and efficient.
Value... really very good, compared to some other Indian restaurants in the area. Certainly the lamb dish was piled high with tender lamb, the raita and rice were generous portions, the garlic naan was a large serving. For the same price (or more) other places seem to have smaller servings.
Washrooms were trendy and impeccably clean.
Recommended. Families with children steer right at the door!