Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tandoori Wars

If you combine Renton and Kent, we may have more Indian restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the Seattle area, and that's another big positive for living in or visiting these parts.
Officially, Renton has just two, Pabla in the Fred Meyer shopping center downtown, and Naan and Curry on 3rd Street downtown, both good places.
But there's another player in town. Great India just opened a few months ago just south of the city limits near Ranch 99 and Ikea.(Right behind Harbor Freight Tools)
I've been there a couple of times and deem it a worthy competitor. The menu is fairly extensive and has all the Indian faves, but the spicing makes it unique and delicious.
They do some things especially well, like vegetables. The Bengan Bharta (eggplant) was fantastic, and they have several mixed veggie dishes as well as saag(spinach) alone or mixed with cheese, chicken, or shrimp.
The folks there are nice and trying hard to please. When I was there yesterday and asked them about the naan, they invited me into the kitchen to watch it being made! And they didn't even know that I was a celebrity blogger :)
They're open seven days a week, with time off in between lunch and dinner, and have the 7.99 lunch buffet seven days a week. This is definitely a place worth checking out.

Great India
18126 E Valley Hwy
Kent, WA 98032
(425) 251-6966