It's been a bit over a year that I moved into the Dallas area. The biggest bonus for us was that our neighboring area had tons of Indian restaurants for us to explore. Some we had visited during our previous visit, over 3 years ago. Since then, many others have cropped up and demand attention!
Apart from that, there is a local radio station that bombards you with advertisements and promotions, media is a powerful weapon!
A few months ago, we went to Plano, a neighboring city and for dinner we went to Inchin's Bamboo Garden, it was a quick dinner as S was tired and we had everything to-go that night. They had the noodle Festival going on at that time and I had ordered Coconut Braised noodles. I was not very impressed, there was too much coconut milk still remaining at the bottom of my dish, the next day, the noodles had soaked up all the liquid and tasted much better and I was not as disappointed at having paid so much.
On Friday however our city and the radio was buzzing with news, Bamboo Garden had opened another branch, this time in my city and whoop- dee- do! a two minute walk from where I live!
My friends and I were long hoping that something 'Indian' would open in the nearby complex with all that construction going on and that is just what has happened! We went with our friends for dinner.
The restaurant is spacious (though not as spacious as the Plano one) and is the typical Indo-Chinese theme and colors. Despite the space, the tables are placed quite close to one another and one has to glide in sideways to get to the seat, bumping into the neighbors table.
The menu is extensive and offers good choice for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.
My friends ordered
Crispy Chili Baby Corn
Paneer in Manchurian Sauce
Szechwan Fried Rice
Manchow Soup- Veg.
Szechwan fried Rice
Veg. Coins Manchurian
Thin Veg Noodles ( Kids Menu) for little S
Waldorf Chicken ( For M)
I have some pictures to share with you, these are from the food we had to-go.
I am shy of taking pictures when eating out and do not enjoy it with the low lighting.
The Soup ( cup or bowl- I ordered cup) was nice mild flavor, but nothing outstanding. Fried , flat noodles are served on the side.
One thing I noticed, after I had finished my soup, at the neighboring table was the way the wait staff placed their bowl of soup, his finger touched the soup and I cringed at the sight. It made me very uneasy thinking what if that had happened with my cup too? I hope not, the thought makes me uneasy even as I type. A thumbs down there.
|Veg Szechwan Rice|
The Veg. Szechwan rice was well cooked and seasoned and we all ( my friends, M and I ) liked it.
Though it is spicy, it does not burn a hole in the tongue nor is the spice so overwhelming that you do not taste anything else. The quantity is generous.
| Veg Coin Manchurian|
The Veg. Coin Manchurian was again, generous quantity and mild and well flavored I would have liked a bit more gravy. The coins are a good size and deep fried to perfection ( I've tasted one, in a different restaurant, that was brown on the outside but raw and soggy and floury in the middle, eeew!) but they soak up gravy quickly. Served with a bowl of steamed rice.
|Veg Thin Noodles ( Kids Menu)|
Mildly spiced and again generous quantity for a kids meal, these noodles, I am happy to say, had a decent amount of vegetables in them too.
Many a times, I have had noodles with about a tablespoon of vegetables and a a few more thickly sliced onion tossed in. S enjoyed them and I was happy with that.
M was happy with his Chicken Waldorf and for most part of the meal was totally involved with just what was in his plate, a good sign.
My friends opinion was, the Crispy Chili Baby Corn was very good, thumbs up!
The Paneer Manchurian was not up to the mark, the Paneer was tough and chewy. Their kids enjoyed it as both are huge fans of Paneer, but the Mother's were not too pleased.
The restaurant was not serving dessert that night ( since it was opening night).
Our (excluding friends) meal cost: $ 42
Overall, we enjoyed the quality and quantity of food, the service was quick and the staff polite , barring the soup incident mentioned above and the cramped feeling, however we will visit again.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to review the food at the restaurant. All views expressed are my own ( combined with feedback given by family and friends).