7676 Sawmill Road
In all likelihood, this afternoon was my final visit to Amul
India, located in the on Olde Sawmill
Plaza Sawmill Road north
of Hard Road. It was recently announced that the entire
plaza would be razed and re-developed for a new retail tenant. Unfortunately, it appears that that tenant
may be WalMart!
This is a dining blog, so I will spare you my thoughts of a WalMart disrupting the Olde Sawmill residential community as well as the already congested
As always, I opted for the lunch buffet ($8.99 on weekdays and $9.99 on Saturday and Sunday) this afternoon. It is difficult to settle on just one dish and Amul
offers many fine selections. India
Today’s buffet included such items as Saag Paneer, Dal Makhani Chicken Makhani, Tandoori Chicken, and Aloo Pepper. I chose two dishes that I had never tried before.
In the photo, Chicken 65 is the red dish on the left and Ginger Paneer is on the right. Both are served on a bed of Basmati Rice. I also added a piece of Bhatura.
Chicken 65 is a spicy chicken offering with a rather curious name. Wikipedia offers a variety of theories regarding the origin of the name, but it may be as simple as representing the year that the dish was introduced at the Buhari Hotel in the Indian city of
. Interestingly, the hotel apparently offers
Chicken 78, Chicken 82, and Chicken 90! Chennai
eschews the typical deep frying of the main ingredient in their Chicken
65. It is, however, marinated in several
spices (most likely turmeric, red chili, garlic, and others) giving it a
distinctly spicy flavor. Combined with
peppers and onions, it was a delicious dish that I will try elsewhere. India
Among my favorite Indian dishes are Saag Paneer and Palak Paneer. These are related dishes consisting of spinach and cubed paneer cheese combined with spices and yogurt in a thick and creamy presentation.
Today, however, I tried the Ginger Paneer…and I’m glad I did. Prepared with ginger, onions, and peppers, along with the cubed paneer cheese, it was the highlight of my lunch.
Whereas I usually have Naan to accompany my meal, this afternoon I also chose a piece of Bhatura which is a thick, yet soft and fluffy, fried bread. Very delicious!
Today was the busiest I have seen Amul
. They were doing a fairly brisk noontime
business. The always attentive staff
keeps drinks refilled and clears dishes promptly. Hopefully, they will re-locate somewhere in
the northwest quadrant, so it will be convenient for me to visit again. India