For those who might be familiar with this location it is formally The Cobblestone Diner / Olive & Ivy and maybe something else in-between. Wife and I decided to give it a try on Saturday night showed up at 5:45 without a reservation and was seated at a nice two top.
Service was very nice and friendly however towards the end of the meal as the restaurant filled up, with line in the lobby and pick up to go orders flying out the door, it seems as if word is out about the place.
Let me say right now; I am not a big Indian cuisine expert, I have very limited experiences as such, I place Aarzu as the epitome of my personal Indian experience, so that’s what I’m comparing this to.
With that as the scale I’m using I will say it is close to Aarzu but not quite as good as Aarzu, but not by much.
( I don’t know the names of what we ordered, and I don’t want to butcher the language so I’m going to just call it as I saw it )
Naan - with raisins, craisins, cashews and almonds, sooooooo good. You could have served that warm with ice cream on it rather than as a appetizer as we had it.
We also had some stuffed potato patty with lentils on top, not sure what it was called but it was very good.
I had a lamb shank which I do not see on their online menu. It was very good, but I would prefer the one from The Greek Spot more because I like the orzo vs. the rice. lol The spice was fine, I was told this was an “American Hot” however I would call it a medium in heat.
My wife had some kind of curd / tofu thing in a green sauce. The sauce was a puree of spinach and broccoli rabe’ which was FANTASTIC. Again, they had prepared us for some spice, but I found the dish to be almost mild.
As the night went on, the restaurant was full and service began to slack a bit, but the owner came over to clear out table. (I apologize in advance if this is inappropriate to say, but I mean NOTHING by it) When the owner came over and addressed us I was taken back by two things.
1.) For a person of Asian/Indian descent he has the most striking blue eyes, really stood out in contrast to his naturally tanned skin.
2.) His absolute American dialog and speech. lol In my ignorant narrow-minded impression I was shocked when he addressed the table and out of his mouth came Phil Donahue. LOL
The owner / host is a very nice and observant guy, I’m sure he needed our table to clear it and hopefully offer us the check. We stymied his attempt by ordering a desert and having him pick it out. He sent us an orange sherbet type desert in an orange rind. I’ve seen this served before with lemon ice, but never orange, it was a pleasant dessert.
All in all, a pretty good meal that I would definitely go back again for. Not as nice a dining room or overall experience as Aarzu in my opinion, but that’s a pretty high standard, this place could rise to it. I’ll be back and report when I am.
I did see another esteemed HO there; I will let them report for themselves their experience.