Indian Restaurants: The start of my series of reviews of Indian restaurants on my travels

Being English I have a penchant for Indian food, in fact, much to the chagrin of many of my road warrior buddies, I would go as far as to say I have to have it at least once a week... MINIMUM.  When we're on the road doing live events, we usually travel in groups of 3 or 4.  Most times we try to eat dinner together, usually steaks or Italian or some such fare.  Whenever its my turn to choose the dinner venue everyone knows its going to be Indian.

Being I'm on the road a lot, mainly around the Eastern US, no matter where we go I can usually find an Indian restaurant close by.  I figured since I have a passion for this food that I might share my experiences at the various places we end up in.

Before I can start doing that though, I need to start with a with a mention of the Indian restaurant that is my Gold Standard, The Standard Tandoori Nepalese Restaurant.

Yeah, some of you might disagree with me on this, in fact I recommended the restaurant to someone from Redmond to visit while they were on business trip to the Microsoft Reading office in England.  Well Jason, and you know which Jason you are (MVP Relationship Manager)J, went and had that quintessentially ENGLISH dish, and probably the most popular Indian dish in England, Chicken Tikka Masala.  I hear it was created a while back in some London Indian restaurant for the wimpy English palette, way before Indian food got popular in England.. well that was then, now we eat the spiciest you can get.  Can someone tell me if they even eat Tikka Masala in India.  Anyhow, Jason reported back to me that he wasn't impressed. What!?!?!   My only thought was he must have gone to the wrong place, either that or they realized he was from the Pacific Northwest and didn't want to hurt him with too much flavour in the meal (and yes I did mean to spell it with the "u") J

Anyhow, ignoring what was obviously an erroneous opinion J, THE best Indian food I've ever had is from the Standard Tandoori at 141-143 Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8AU  0118 959 0093

If you're in the neighbourhood, go out and enjoy a great Indian meal, I do every time I go there.  Oh, by the way avoid the Phall.  Its like eating molten lava. J

My recommendations, Chicken Shashlik, Chicken Madras, Saag or Vindaloo and yes, Chicken Tikka Masala!!!

Comments (4)
  1. I’ll have to try southern indian breakfast.  I assume they’re spicy.  

  2. Anonymous says:

    Judging from the dishes mentioned, I’m guessing you are more a fan of northern Indian food.

    I’m more a fan of southern Indian breakfasts. 🙂

  3. John,

    Can’t wait to be back out on the road with you.  Looking forward to some GREAT Indian food!  You might not believe it, but Bloomington actually has not one, but TWO great Indian restaurants.  (There’s three total, but 2 are wonderful.)

    By the way, you ever read any Terry Pratchett?  One of my favorite lines (paraphrased and translated) is "Vindaloo?  That’s Hindi for, "Let’s see what the Englishman will eat."



  4. Enid George says:

    I think that you should be the ‘Egon Ronay’ of Indian Restaurants bro!

    Unlike you I can only eat medium spiced food but I dream of vindaloo’s and eat Chicken Tikka Masala or Chicken Madras – like you at least once a week (which I buy from Morrisons ready made)!

    I can’t wait to have a kitchen! Then I can cook my own instead of nuking!

    Looking foward to your next blog on Indian Restaurants!

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