Andrew Trembley (bovil) wrote,
Andrew Trembley

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Wasn't up to cooking yesterday, so K and I decided to go to dinner at Amber India Restaurant. He hadn't wanted to go when we've been at Santana Row during lunchtime; they only advertised a buffet then.

The UNIX admin in my department, though, said that it was one of the best Indian joints in the south bay (and he lives in Freemont, where there's plenty of good Indian), so we decided to try it.

The only complaint I have about it is that it's best if you go with a party larger than two; one appetizer, one bread, two main courses and rice and we didn't have room for kulfi afterwards.

The decor is modern and a touch wacky. Still, it's class all the way.

After a weekend of drinking, we settled on "Tropical Paradise," a fruit-juice and soda mix instead of wine, beer or anything else alcoholic. It was a more than reasonable choice.

The "Tandoori Duck Rice Paper Rolls" (basically Indian spring rolls) were wonderful, and the mixed bread assortment included Tandoori Naan, Potato Kulcha (spiced stuffed flat bread) and Lacha Paratha (whole wheat flat bread). I haven't ever had Papad (pappadoms) so light and crispy and nicely spiced.

We had a tandoori course, Peshawari Chicken Tikka, and a braised course, Kashmiri Roganjosh. Both were superb with a bit of saffron basmati rice. I think next time, though, one meat course and one vegetarian course is a better plan.

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