Richmond >Restaurants > New India The Indian Cuisine
5516 Lakeside Avn, Richmond, VA | Directions 2323537.604979 -77.467873
Best in Richmond – I just love this place and love it a bit more every time I go. I am slowly working my way through the very substantial menu and have yet to have anything less than wonderful authentic "non-americanized" flavorful robust Indian specialties at thier best. Staff is gracious and welcoming, the premises quaint and familiar. Jay (waiter) is always especially friendly, answering questions in great detail, making suggestions and recommendations when asked, and periodically arriving at the table to check on everything seemingly at exactly the right moments. I make a point of introducing my friends, who have not enjoyed the magic of really authentic Indian cooking, to this great establishment.
Best Indian food in Richmond – I think I've now been to every Indian restaurant in Richmond at least twice, and as of now, New India is my favorite. Let's start with lunch. The lunch buffet is a fairly decent size, where one will typically find pacoras, rice, the best naan in town, several vegetable dishes, two meat dishes, tandoori chicken, and desert. On another table you will find tamarind sauce, mint chutney, onion chutney, raita, and a simple salad of tomato, onion and cucumber. Everything is usually quite good and fresh, with the higher turnover days being better.
For dinner, the service can be a bit slow, but the food is excellent. We usually start out with the vegetable samosas, which are the best I've had at any restaurant (not just in Richmond), or the chole samosa, which is also excellent. For entrees, our favorites include dal tadka, fish curry, lamb curry, and lamb vindaloo. You will normally be asked what heat level you want on a scale of one to ten. I usually get an 8, but if I get a 10, I make sure to have some raita or a mango lassi on hand. They make it hotter than any Richmond restaurant I've been to if that's what you want (which I usually do). Finally, don't forget the naan. It is hands down the best I've had in a very long time, and I've spoken to many others who feel the same. I'm not sure what they do differently, but whatever it is, it works. I've never had a dish here that hasn't been bursting with flavor while allowing me to taste the medley of spices and without being overbearing.
The only downside for some is that New India serves mostly northern cuisine, so if you're a dosa lover, this might not be the place for you. Otherwise, if you want to have an excellent Indian meal and are not in a hurry, New India is the place for you!
Amazing flavors! – The Garlic Nan was phenomenal. Excellent herbs, veggies, and seasonings. If you ask for spicy, you GET spicy. Great vegetarian dishes, and chicken dishes.
Haven't had a chance to try the lunch buffet yet, but that is on my list of things to do!
Dinner is a bit pricey, ranging from 12-16$ a dish, but it is delicious.
Editorial Review – An ecclectic selection of fine Indian entrees prepared with fresh herbs and spices.
Decent food, but expensive. – The food was pretty good, but not the best Indian food I've had; I expected more for $11 a dish. That being said, the food was less bland than others Indian restaurants in Richmond and the menu selection, especially for vegetarians, was great.
Service was slow, but the staff was appropriately apologetic, so I won't hold that against them. It could have just been an off night.
Best Indian food ever. – Both the service and food are excellent! We feel very welcome and will continue to return to this local delicacy!
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