Koh-i-noor: Indian Food with Great Service

18Feb10

Koh-i-noor Restaurant
465 Philip St, Waterloo
Monday to Saturday: Lunch (11:30am – 2:00pm); Dinner (5:00pm – 10:00pm)
Sunday: Dinner (5:00pm – 10:00pm)

Nestled in a strip-mall with the neighbourhood Chinese restaurant and Tim Hortons is one of my new favourite Indian Restaurants in town. The name Koh-i-noor, meaning “Mountain of Light”, is the name of 105 carat diamond from India. The interior is casual but pleasant, and the servers are friendly and can definitely make good suggestions.

We started our meal with piaza ($2.95) (onion bhaji, basically onions and batter with spices rolled in a ball and fried), which came out nicely crispy with a nice flavour, although it could have used a little more onion and little less batter. I highly recommend the vegetable korma ($8.95), it was so perfectly rich and creamy with a good mix of vegetables. This dish totally made the meal. The chicken tikka mosala ($12.95) was supposed labeled as medium heat, which generally means “as hot as I can possibly take” in an Indian restaurant, but severely lacked kick, otherwise it was delicious. Nan ($2.25) and rice ($2.95) were fine, but nothing particularly special. We finished our meal with mosala tea ($1.75) and gulab jamun ($2.25). The tea was rich and piping hot, just the way I like it, and the gulab jamun were sickly sweet, as the should be.

I’ll definitely visit again, but I’ll probably ask them to make sure the spiciness of certain dishes are to my liking.

KW-Insider Points: 4/5

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