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Nouveau Delhi Express:

Curry in a Hurry

RESTAURANT INDIAN VERDUN CASUAL

The Pitch

Indian restaurants are one of a handful of categories where one need not splurge to have a great meal.  The Parc Ex area alone is a testament to this, with its multitude of authentic, affordable Indian eateries.

Always on the lookout for such an option closer to my home/work axis, today I decided to try Verdun's Nouveau Delhi for lunch.  From what I gather, this B.Y.O.W. relocated to Wellington Street at some point after a ten-year-stint in its previous Plateau/Saint-Denis location.

tagged:  B.Y.O.W.

The Mood

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Nouveau Delhi bizarrely doubles up as a Lebanese Amir-style takeout counter situated at the far end of the interior.  To the front lies the eat-in area, where the Indian menu is served.

The room has a homely feel, featuring oriental pillows thrown on banquettes.  At first I felt it would be a quiet affair – my date and I being the only diners present – but it was not long before several small groups of clients trickled in.

The Food

Upon sitting down, we were given a laminated, one-page menu featuring two lunch options: vegetarian or non-vegetarian thali – various small dishes served together.  What better way to try a new restaurant while sticking to a budget!

With the meat option – which is halal – we were served a trio of vegetable curry, butter chicken and tandoori chicken with a side of rice and naan bread, dished out in a typical metallic platter.  Personally, I enjoyed the variety but felt the heat and pungency were subdued, with sweet coconut milk flavours standing out the most.

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$9.95

$9.95

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Non-Vegetarian Thali

tagged:  BUDGET-FRIENDLY

The Service

Our middle-aged male host/waiter was welcoming while being curt in matter.  For some reason, he seemed almost pissed when I asked for the full menu (just to have an idea); my guess is he likes to push the lunch specials.  Otherwise, our order was taken and brought in a jiffy; making this a good spot for anyone on a tight schedule.

tagged:  IN & OUT

The Verdict

With all the moving parts in a thali platter, it can be tricky to get everything right – not to mention review it all fairly and accurately.  While Nouveau Delhi lost some points in the flavour department, it did score on price – under $10 – and rapidity.  A larger sampling off the full menu may be required to arrive at a final verdict, but one thing is for sure; the "express" title is well deserved!

tagged:  DESERVES A RETRY

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