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"Amber India", Mountain View, CA - Nothing to See Here

Jan. 21st, 2007

08:52 pm - "Amber India", Mountain View, CA

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This evening, urox and I got take-out from "Amber India" in Mountain View. We'd heard it was good, and figured we'd give it a try.

We got butter chicken, basmati rice and naan. We were astounded that that came to $21.60. Seriously, wtf? Apparently they charges $16.95 for a small amount of butter chicken and, on top of that, charged $2 for the rice and $3 for two pieces of naan. That is, by my reckoning, about double the going rate for all that. Oh well, maybe it's really good?

Nope. Bland. Wasn't very buttery at all and lacked seasoning. When we got home, addition of a tablespoon of butter and some sea salt turned it into pretty decent butter chicken, but, uh... wow. The price was absurd.

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From:lerryn
Date:January 22nd, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that price just doesn't seem right. If I'm getting Indian food for that much, I better at least have a lassi or a glass of wine and an order of gulab jamin with it.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 22nd, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
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Quite.

BTW, I think it's "gulab jamun". OTOH, I'm not even sure if the spellings of Indian words are formalised in the roman character set or not, nor whether something like that might be similar-but-different in different Indian languages/dialects.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
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The chicken dish seems a bit on the high side, but the rice and naan seem typical to me.

Re: dialects
There are actually multiple languages, from different language families, used in India. Hindi is Indo-European, but there are some common non-Indo-European languages as well.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 22nd, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Re: pricing: Interesting. Counter to my experience, but an interesting counterpoint.

Yeah, I know there's a truly stunning array of languages and dialects in India -- and that there's many that really are entirely distinct languages -- but I don't really know anything about written forms, so I wasn't sure if my correction was any more correct than the thing I was "correcting". :)
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