Mr. India Indian Restaurant
6, JingCheng Rd
Hours: 11 am-2 pm; 5-10 pm
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
Free parking (Sogo 2 basement).
With three branches planned for Taichung, Mr. India's opening is big news for Indian cuisine lovers. The restaurant offers an extensive, all-Halal menu of mostly northern Indian cuisine, although it offers at least a couple items from all Indian regions. All the favorites--Chicken Tikka (NT$210), Butter Chicken (NT$230), Palak Paneer (chunks of homemade cheese in creamy spinach sauce), various various curries, kebabs and biryani dishes--can be found here, in addition to a good number of tasty new surprises. The reasonable NT$199 Commercial Lunch also includes any kind of curry, plus salad, soup, bread, rice and soft drink. Side items include eight different Nan breads, from garlic to sugar flavors; salads; samosas; and desserts and sweets, like Kashmeeri Kheer, a well-known traditional treat made with milk rice, and dry nuts. The alcohol-free drink menu include some very traditional Indian beverages like the rose-flavored Sharbat, or Jhach--a cold spicy yoghurt-based drink wth chili powder, coriander leaves, cummin and salt. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. The savory Tandoori Chicken (NT$260) is among Mr. India's most popular entrees, offering an explosion of flavors and spiciness which, like any dish here, can be controlled according to the diner's request. Other favorites include the Bhuna Gosht--lamb or beef prepared with a dry masala sauce.
B. Mr. India's dining area is cozy but classy, with lots of gold wallpaper, a chandelier and other Indian decorations. For something really unique, reserve the second-floor "Royal House Maharajah Room", offering immersion in an exotic Indian ambiance, complete with seating on cushions and low sofas, for an all-around Indian cultural experience.