Naan Cafe achieves Nirvana

DSC_0101By Pauline Fontanaud |Staff Writer|

The Naan Cafe offers tasty, genuine Indian food, and a diversity of fresh and authentic dishes for great prices.

The food was delicious. I had the chicken curry.

It was just spicy and warm enough, and the chicken was tender, flavorful, and juicy. The rice and naans went perfectly with my dish. The whole meal was a great experience.

“The portions were generous and the chicken pieces in the tikka masala were quite big. It wasn’t drowned in sauce, so we could actually taste the chicken,” said student Sonia C.

Open all week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Naan Cafe is located at 700 E. Redlands Blvd, Redlands.

As soon as you enter, you can smell the rich and spicy aroma of Indian spices. I was really pleased at how clean and bright the restaurant was.

DSC_0091The room is decorated with an Indian theme, but in a modern, vivid way. The upper half of the walls are vermillion and the lower half is composed of a collection of white tile.

The vermillion walls are accentuated with two huge ornamentations in the shape of the Taj Mahal and of an elephant, along with a series of Indian paintings and photographs.

It’s not too much, just enough to put you in the right atmosphere.

There is a large choice of à la carte dishes starting at $8.99, mainly composed of chicken, but lamb and eggs are also options.

They also have a lot of vegetarian options, as well as vegan choices. A good option, if you’re not familiar with Indian cuisine, is the Daily Combo Special.

You can choose one, two, or three items from an assortment of dishes for $7.49, $8.99, or $11.99. It comes with a plain or garlic naan, rice, and dahi (yogurt).

“Beyond delicious! […] Everything was fresh, flavorful, simply sublime,” stated Misty E. via Yelp.

As a huge fan of naans, traditional Indian bread, I was thrilled to be able to choose from a selection of 10.

DSC_0064“The garlic naan at Naan Cafe is absolutely divine,” stated Wendy L. via Yelp.

It may have been because my friend and I were the only ones in the restaurant, but the service was really friendly and patient. We weren’t rushed to order—which was a nice change. The employee present was really helpful and explained the different menu choices and ingredients.

If you’re not sure about what to get, they’ll let you try different dishes, which I think is awesome.

The prices are more than reasonable, especially considering how generous the portions are, and they offer a 10 percent student discount. It’s not written anywhere, so be sure to ask for it.

“Would I come back? Yes, can’t wait!” stated Shrina S. on Yelp.

And I’m right there with her.


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