I love Indian cuisine, and when I heard I was going to go to Namskar - Cuisine of India, I was really happy! Apparently I've been there once, but it must've been so long ago, I don't remember it at all! Nothing in there rings a bell, so I will consider it my first time there! This little Indian restaurant is located right on 16th avenue, and it's a corner location. It offers a few spots in the back which I found it was easiest to park on the streets. Once you walk up to the restaurant, you can smell the Indian spices and curries - you know you're in for a real treat!
Recently, as the weather has been starting to warm up (well, it's been a nice and milk winter), I've been wanting spicy food - as we normally eat spicy on the coldest days - which we didn't have too many of. So, we went to and ventured to the northeast, and found ourselves at Clay Oven located in a small strip plaza. Once we got to the table, some Papadum was given to us (and every table), but it also appeared on the menu for $2.00 which made it confusing... is it a gift or if we eat it, would we have to pay? I must admit, I never did pay attention to the bill when it came, so I still can't answer my own question. The papadum that was on the table is two thinly sliced wafers toasted on an open flame. This one didn't taste burnt either, but had a subtle smoke background to it! The sauce that came with the papadum was really tangy with a nice kick to it! It was good! I've really started loving Mango Lassi drinks, and now every time I go to an East Indian restaurant, I would order one. This one is one of the best, as it didn't separate through the night, and it wasn't so fibrous making it hard to drink. The mango lassi was full of mango flavour and this location has just made me one of my favourites in the city! Of course, when you eat curries, you eat it with some sort of Roti! We ordered the Garlic Nan which is leavened bread of fine light flour baked to perfection. The Naan here is huge, and it was baked to perfection. But, the simple fact that their garlic nan was made with a huge taste of "garlic powder" kind of disappointed me a little. The garlic flavour was definitely there, but I was hoping for some fresh garlic infused in oil or something like that. I think next time I'll just get a plain nan! We also ordered some Plain Rice which their plain is great, it's basmati rice richly flavored with spices and saffron. I like using rice for my vehicle to eat curries. For the curries, we ordered a medium heat level of Butter Chicken which is made of chicken fillets blended in a creamy butter and tomato sauce. The other curry that we ordered was a Beef Curry, also in medium heat level. This curry is made of fillets of beef cooked in curry sauce and spices The food and flavours from Clay Oven are phenomenal! The heat level is actually quite spicy, and I believe there were 4 levels of heat, and we're only at the 2nd heat level! The flavours are bold and strong, and to be honest, the heat actually numbed me by the end - I just continued eating and I didn't think it was spicy at all! I really enjoyed the food from here, and I am glad I was introduced to it from my friends wedding - as she used Clay Oven as their caterer!
Clay Oven3132 26 St NE Calgary, AB (403) 250-2161 Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM to 2:00PM Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM Closed Sundays
When the weather is cold outside, and after being what seems to be stuck at home, spice is always something I crave. Whether it's Thai curry, Indian Curry, Szechuan spices or whatever, I need the heat of the spice! This time, I went for Indian Curry not too far from home off 130th Ave Southeast to Karma Fine Indian Cuisine. The location of Karma is just off Deerfoot Trail and 130th Eastbound - and you turn in towards Canadian Tire and Superstore. Indian Edge with their stuffed naan, I had to get it again (at least some version of it!). This was delicious and I would definitely get keema nan again, or other meat stuffed into my nan! Keema naan is just stuffed with some sort of "seasoned ground/minced meat" and varies from location to location, as Keema just means "minced meat"