Several months ago, I ventured into Mirch Masala with a friend who was craving something homemade. We had spent the day driving up to Mt. Rainier and found ourselves in the middle of several feet of snow. My friend wanted something warm and comforting. By the end of the meal, he was more than pleased. He said, “This is exactly what I could find in Delhi. It’s just like home,” and then he smiled.
I went back with more friends and family this time just two weeks ago. It’s a not so wide, but long restaurant. You can see the meals prepared and I was always able to spot the waiter if I needed something. Some of the party members were familiar with Indian food and some were not. All had a very good time and enjoyed their meal.
We ordered garlic naan, spinach and cheese naan, the spinach with paneer dish, lamb goan curry (a coconut curry), a shrimp masala dish and a couple others that we all shared. Of course, basmati rice was also served. They bring the dishes out with a small burner underneath them so it always stays warm: remember that in case you need to box it up for left overs. It’s always hot! Carry out is available. Do try the mango juice and the chai tea. Make sure you get some kind of naan. They have a large menu I cannot possibly remember.
My sister and I went back a third time to check out the lunch buffet. Chicken Tikka was one of the main dishes, salad varieties and rice pudding were available. I wouldn’t recommend it. All the spices are taken out to accommodate people who cannot tolerate them.
The wait staff is always accommodating and “out of your hair.” The price range is around $8-12/meal (including rice and an order of naan). It’s a great experience all around and you can be sure it is “true Indian food.” Don’t take my word for it though. Go try it out!