As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love my Indian curries. Until now, I’ve been fairly disappointed by what’s on offer in Calgary. So far, we’ve found the Indian restaurants in Calgary to be fairly underwhelming, so when we heard Namskar recommended twice by two different people, we knew we had to check it out.
A quick browse of their website, shows a bunch of accolades, including an award for one of 2013’s best Calgary restaurants. We knew we were in for a treat…
Although we arrived pretty late in the evening, we were greeted by a very enthusiastic server, who happily seated us in a quiet corner of the restaurant. We checked out the menu and found a large variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, with many curries coming with the choice of chicken, lamb or goat as protein. The choice of curries wasn’t vast, but the few options available were very appetising, and I think it’s always a good sign when a restaurant focuses on a quality over quantity.
For the sake of comparison with other restaurants, we thought we’d order a chicken korma, some garlic naan, coconut rice, and a chicken tikka masala to be getting on with.
When the food came out, the presentation was beautiful. The korma came with a creamy swirl and a cherry on top (literally), and the tikka masala looked equally appetising and colourful. Compared to the last curry we had, these curries had lots of ingredients and vegetables that made them incredibly rich in flavour. The two curries also contrasted incredibly well from one another.
The chicken korma, again quite different to other kormas I’ve had, was very nutty (cashew nuts), and it worked very well with the side of mango chutney that we’d ordered to go with it. It was a rich and creamy curry that ran out all too quickly.
The chicken tikka masala also disappeared all too quickly, but this one had a very different flavour. Rich in spices, and full of vegetables, I could have happily eaten a bowl of it without any other sides. It was far from boring and I will definitely be ordering it again next time I visit. Unlike the korma, it didn’t need any chutney to go with it. A delicious stand alone dish.
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The takeout we’d had from the Tandoori Grill in previous weeks was absolutely blown out of the water, and considering it cost about 6 dollars more for roughly the same dishes, we were staggered by Namskar’s value for money. Next time I want a takeout, I will certainly go out of my way to head to Namskar on 16th.
The order of garlic naan was also enormous, and we loved eating the chewy bread with the curry. The coconut rice was great and also worked well with the curry.
I mentioned the great service earlier, and again Namskar went way above and beyond by bringing us some tea on the house during our meal. The server was fantastic and really impressed us.
I’ve heard that the lunch buffet is excellent as well and I look forward to trying that out soon.
I’ve been waiting for a Canadian Indian restaurant that rivals British Indian restaurants, and finally, I believe I’ve found it. We will be back here again and again.