An Indian restaurant within walking distance of my workplace is a dream come true. We tried it out the first couple weeks they were open.
Little India is located in the old firehouse location on Washington Street near the Capitol where at least 138 different eateries have called home. The exterior was spiffed up and adorned with a new sign. More significant changes were made inside: new booths and tables and new lighting updated the space and made dining more comfortable. A change I wish they had made is to get rid of that awful ramp from the back seating area to the buffet area. I feel like I am going to fall over head first when I walk down that ramp in my high-heeled shoes. If it weren’t for the handrail, I don’t think I could sit in that section.
The selection was about what I expected: several proteins, the token vegetarian items, basmati, naan, the usual condiments. It was strange to see hummus on the buffet, though. I am not sure how that fits into the Indian theme of the restaurant. Since Daniel isn’t going to write anything about Little India himself, I’ll go ahead and say his guess was the previous owners left a pan of hummus in the fridge and the new owners didn’t want it to go to waste.
Chicken tikka masala must be a “starter” Indian dish. After all, I’ve seen it on every Indian lunch buffet I’ve tried. You know what I mean…when you first began to drink wine, you probably preferred Reisling and White Zinfindel – the “starter” wines. Then you moved on to Pinot Grigio and Merlot. After tasting many wines, you could finally appreciate Zinfindel and Cabernet. Well, chicken tikka masala is like White Zinfindel. However, unlike White Zinfindel, I still really like chicken tikka masala. Little India’s version was Capital T Tender and slightly spicier other buffet offerings I’ve tasted.
I also tried these really yummy “potato balls”. They were similar to pakoras. Soft potato/veggie mixture inside and crispy on the outside. I felt compelled to eat another one after I was completely full. I also sampled a cabbage dish that was a great contrast to the other dishes. It had a nice amount of heat, too!
Indian is one of my favorite cuisines so unless the food was totally crappy, I was going to enjoy my meal at Little India. And enjoy it I did! You just can’t get a more flavorful meal than Indian, in my opinion. Not only are there many different notes hitting your tongue, the wonderful aromas add to the enjoyment.
Compared to Sitar:Atmosphere: Sitar Chicken Tikka Masala: Little India Naan: Sitar Service: Little India Value: Little India Selection: Equal Overall Taste: Equal
You get basically zero service at Sitar at lunch time. However, at Little India, you can order a beverage and they seem genuinely concerned about your dining experience. The only thing lacking in the service department at Little India is the check out procedure. I hate waiting on a check and I hate waiting to pay. When I am done eating, I want to leave. We stood in a line that took 5-10 minutes to get through to pay.
This is a great lunch option which is super-convenient for me. I hope their business does well. They got a nice write up by the Food Guy, too. I recommend Little India with THREE FORKS!Little India 1604 Washington Street East Charleston, WV 304-720-3616