Oh, the Entertainment, Volume II – Shehnai, Cuisine of India

“Oh, the Entertainment” is my series reviewing Entertainment Book restaurants.  You can find all the reviews in the series here.

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On Saturday night the hubs, J, my mother-in-law, and I went out for some good, old-fashioned, Entertainment-Booking fun.

We decided we had a hankering for Indian food and so decided to try Shehnai, Cuisine of India, because it had decent reviews on Yelp.

Our first impression of Shehnai was that it is eerily similar in decor and setup to another Indian restaurant we’ve been to a number of times, right down to the red linens and red silk rose on the table.  It was perfectly pleasant, though, and the service was prompt.

The highlights:

The mango chutney.  So, so delicious.  I want to go back just for that.  The papaddam was good also.

A yogurt drink the hubs ordered called lassi.  It was such a perfect accompaniment to the spicy food!  Highly recommended.

Here you can see the chutney and the lassi at the top of the picture and the inexplicable mess I make whenever I eat at the bottom.

The medium: our chicken dish “Karahi Chicken” was good.  A solid offering.  I’d eat it again for sure.  And the na’an.  Who doesn’t like na’an??

The not my favorite:  the lamb curry, while certainly not bad, was definitely not the best curry any of us had ever eaten.  This might be because we got it mild so the flavors weren’t as good, but whatever the reason it was just okay.

My plate: karahi chicken on left, lamb curry on right (messy splatter on left)

The verdict: It was a solid restaurant with some very high points but was an overall somewhat forgettable meal.  $11.95 seems a little high for the fairly small chicken dish, but we did get a ton of rice (also, notice that they garnished it with a maraschino cherry.  I was unfamiliar with that practice until Saturday.).

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2 Comments to “Oh, the Entertainment, Volume II – Shehnai, Cuisine of India”

  1. I love these reviews. Keep them coming! You guys must be like us: we love to eat out. You should help us though, we’ve never been to Indian food and don’t know what we would want to order.

    • Thanks! We do love to eat out but we try to keep it on the cheap (hence the EB…). I’m no Indian food expert, but I say ALWAYS order garlic na’an bread, you usually can’t go wrong with curry of some sort (if you don’t like things too too spicy, though, make sure to not get it hot), some rice and maybe a veggie dish.

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