When we first moved to Longmont last year we were a little disappointed in the amount of restaurants in town. Sure Boulder is right up the road and we can also drive to Denver or Fort Collins the opposite direction. But, who wants to do that when you don’t even want to cook?
One thing we’ve always been used to is an abundance of ethnic food. We love Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese… I can keep going here but I think you get the point. So we were very excited to see Flavor of India right on Main Street and went in with our very high expectations.
I’ll be honest, we love this place, not only do they offer a daily lunch buffet and a special dinner buffet on Wednesday nights but they also have take out. I’d say that we probably dine in about once a month which says a lot since we like to try new places.
We’ve tried several of their appetizers and while the Picnic Balls are pretty tasty with their potato filling, sesame seeds and mustard seeds I’ll always be a Samosa girl. You just can’t go wrong with potatoes, peas, lentils and spices in a fried triangle of dough.
They have a pretty extensive menu so it’s tough to pick an entrée. So far we’ve tried several dishes including the Chicken Madras and Matter Paneer. Both of which can be made to your own spicy level. (I like that they ask, because my spicy is a lot less than the hubby’s spicy!) They were both really good dishes but not our favorites.
Once we tried the Chicken Tikka Masala (a dish they are known for) and the Shahi Paneer it was over. We pretty much order them every time we go. Both dishes are creamy and spiced perfectly. The masala with its tomato base and tender chicken get my hubby every time. And, I drool while waiting for my perfectly cooked paneer with cashews. I think I’m going to start drooling as I type…
And, no dish is complete without Basmati Rice and Naan both of which they do really, really well. The rice is always perfectly steamed and has cumin seeds mixed in. The naan is always freshly baked and hot. And, both are the perfect vehicle for sopping up the left over sauce on your plate. Yep, it’s that good.
We almost never go home with leftovers just stuffing ourselves until we can barely walk and almost every time we go one of us says, “Now this is comfort food.” And, I can’t think of a better compliment for them!
*To see other yummy places to eat, check out my Restaurants page!