We were going to a movie at the Marcus Point Theater and decided to try Haldi Masala for dinner first since it was nearby. What a great decision!
We arrived a little before 6:00 pm on Tuesday. The restaurant was nearly empty. We were seated promptly and brought water and menus. I don't usually struggle with what to eat, but this time I was having a hard time deciding. Our waitress asked a few questions about what types of food we like and the spiciness level and then made some recommendations. We had the Gobi Manchurian. This was battered cauliflower with garlic, ginger and onion. The batter reminded me of a tempura. I would never have guessed it was cauliflower, the texture was more like pork. The flavors were dynamite. This was an excellent recommendation. We also had the garlic naan. Garlicky, buttery, crispy, this was some of the best naan I've eaten. For entrees we had the gongura mamsam which was a goat in a curry sauce. The goat was tender and tasty and the sauce was spicy and delicious. She had asked how spicy and I like it and she came back to check and it was perfect. I was a little bummed that there were bones in the goat but it was very tasty. My partner had the baingan bartha which is an eggplant dish with tomatoes, peas, onions, and spices. I'm not much of an eggplant fan, so this was not my favorite dish, but my partner said he enjoyed the flavors.
Our waitress was prompt, friendly, had good recommendations, was great about refilling water, and was generally just exceptional. The place did begin to fill up while were dining. I enjoyed the Indian music videos on the TV in the background. I would definitely return to Haldi Masala and I'd really like to try their lunch buffet.
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