Bhatti

The Joint

37 Great Queen street
London WC2B 5AA
U.K.

Cliff

The main waiter seemed annoyed that we were there, and the entire staff seemed like they had something better to do. We got hit twice with upsell tactics and the food itself was rather weak on flavor. I had the Kabab Afghani and Funky Pie ice cream dessert, which was a joke. It was served rock-hard out of their freezer. I’d say skip this place altogether. We were only there because we wanted some Indian food close to the theater where we’d just seen The Producers.

Sarah

This place sucks. Nothing else to say about it.

But seriously, how can you resist trying something called ‘Funky Pie?’

The Everest

The Joint

41 Craven Road
London W2 3BX

Cliff

This was a little place quite near our apartment at Apartments Apart that we spotted on the way to/from Paddington Station. The staff was quite friendly and the food was good and relatively cheap. My only complaint was that the quantities were so small; especially given the fact that the portions of rice were not included in the entrée.

Sarah

The staff here was so friendly and this was my first step into London’s Indian cuisine scene. I wasn’t disappointed by the food, but I was rather shocked at the tiny portion size and the fact that rice or naan bread doesn’t come with a meal – everything is a la carte. Given how expensive London is, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise, but I was thinking in terms of how food in restaurants is served in Germany (hugely). Just a difference we needed to note for future reference!

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Old Commercial Room

The Joint

Englische Planke 10
20459 Hamburg
Germany

phone: +49 40 – 366319
fax: +49 40 – 366814

Cliff

After reading about the famous Labskaus in Frommer’s and learning that this restaurant offers a certificate to anyone who orders it, I had to try it out for myself.

Here’s the certificate:
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Sarah

I witnessed the Labskaus and it looked repulsive. But Cliff seemed to like it. Much like Mikey from the Life cereal ads, he’ll eat pretty much anything. But the Old Commercial Room itself was pretty nice in a kitschy way. The prices weren’t kitschy, though. I did have a lovely meal of chicken and blaukraut, red cabbage shredded and cooked into a sweet, sauerkraut-like dish.

La Shish

The Joint

22039 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan 48124

http://www.lashish.com/

Cliff

La Shish, oh how I miss my La Shish. Most people are probably familiar with La Shish thanks to Dearborn (in fact, that’s how I first tried it), but my favorite La Shish has always been the one in Troy. For some reason, it’ just a nicer atmosphere – smaller and quieter and much more brightly lit.

I often think about how darn good the little things at La Shish are. For instance, I’ve never quite had a salad dressing like the one on the standard house salad at La Shish. It’s light and zesty at the same time.

Another Cliff-pleaser: “mediterranean salsa” as an appetizer. Don’t eat too much though – it’s easy to fill up on that and the other starters (hummous with “highlighters” and their freshly-baked bread). Save room for a nice traditional arayis (get rice on the side instead of potatoes), or a fancier shawarma or ghallaba dish. You’ll need it, trust me.

Sarah

After moving to Detroit, this was my first experience with Middle Eastern cuisine. Now I’m hooked. La Shish helped me develop a taste for lamb, couscous, hummus, turmeric and nutmeg and cinnamon and cloves and any number of exotic flavors. I usually got the traditional Arayis (thin, delicate pita filled with onion, ground lamb and pine nuts served with almond rice) or Ghallaba (rice and vegetable pilaf (sometimes with chicken or lamb) with lots of seasonings). Just wonderful! Cliff’s loyalty is well-placed.

Bombay Express

The Joint

Am Ölberg 3
93047 Regensburg
Germany

Sarah

I have become an Indian-food obsessive. I try to cook it (from scratch) and it never turns out right. Which is no longer that big of a deal, since the best Indian take-out in Regensburg is literally around the corner from us.

This is a tiny place, but impeccably clean and charmingly decorated. There are a handful of tables at the establishment, but they seem to do most of their business as take-out. The menu is a little limited, but everything they serve is extremely flavorful and the prices are unbeatable. And I think the proprietor has an encyclopedic memory of his customers. He seems to remember our order and the level of spiciness we prefer.

Ganesha

The Joint

Indisches Restaurant Ganesha
Maximilianstr. 23
93047 Regensburg
Tel: +49 (0) 941 5861994
Fax: +49 (0) 941 5861995

Cliff

Make sure you come hungry — it’s hard not to stuff yourself here. Get a Tandoori dish if you want a free side of Naan bread. Oh, and if you think you can hack it, try the garlic soup for a cold winter evening appetizer. Lately we’ve been hitting Ganesha on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s.

Sarah

This is the very first restaurant I ever ate at after we moved to Germany, so I have an extra soft-spot for it. It’s fairly formal looking inside – starched tablecloths, lots of silver and gold statuary and a riot of color from the artfully draped saris hanging from the ceiling. But it all pales in comparison to the food. They always start you off with pappadums (light, crispy tortilla-like flatbread made of – I think – lentil flour) and dips. The menu is extensive and varied. Cliff has tried nearly all of the tandoori offerings. I have ordered from the vegetarian, chicken, lamb and biryani sections – there is also a generous selection of curries involving fish and duck. The staff is friendly (although occasionally indifferent) and the prices, while a little higher than what we usually look for, are a value for the quality of ingredients and expert preparation.

Dishes to try:
-Alu Gobi (vegetarian; potatoes and cauliflower in mild sauce)
-Mutton Nilgiri (mutton chunks in mild coconut milk and coriander sauce)

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