I love Indian cuisine. There aren’t a whole lot of choices in our area, but thanks to our friend Owen, we found out about the new Taj Mahal, and it’s near us, at 3138 Erie Blvd. in Dewitt. It’s in a building that used to be Quiznos, in a plaza that has the Guitar Center (it figures that Dave would notice that!).
The decor is pleasant and new. They were doing a brisk business the Wednesday night we were there. The service was polite and attentive, yet the staff seemed to be rookies. If it’s true that the restaurant’s forbear is Samrat up on the SU hill, I wonder if they are actually grad students. They did well enough, and I’m sure they’ll be on a more firm footing soon.
The arrival of food was a tad slow, but just as we were beginning to wonder if they were “in the weeds”, the food arrived. We were very hungry, and they didn’t disappoint! When eating Indian, I often opt for lamb, because I don’t tend to regularly find it in restaurants. I chose the Lamb Seekh Kabob Masala, medium heat level, and it was delicious, with succulent chunks of lamb kabob in a tomato-based savory sauce that was fairly spicy and mouth-watering.
Lonnie had Lamb Shahi Korma, another favorite of mine, and it was also fragrant and delicious. She likes a lower heat level than I do, but some spice, and they dialed it back just enough. The portions were quite large, plenty of rice was provided, and we also got some complimentary naan (bread). Before the meal, our waitress had asked if we wanted some naan, and we had declined, although I believe that refusing bread in an Indian restaurant isn’t very Indian, and may even be déclassé. Perhaps a real order of naan is larger – we weren’t quite sure. But it was very good; Lonnie said it was the best naan she could recall.
Prices were pretty reasonable, in the general neighborhood of $9-$11 per entree. With the tasty food and handy location, we will be going here a lot, I think. This will also give me more motivation to cook Indian, which I have started doing more lately. We like the Sahota Palace in Liverpool a lot, but with their handy location and tasty food, I think the Taj will give them some real competition, especially if their waitstaff gets a bit more experienced. Check them out! Yes, this is April Fool’s Day, but I’m not kidding!