It seems that people only take the time to write a review when they have had a bad experience, but not me as this place is my favorite. As a vegetarian, I've been eating at Indian restaurants regularly since around 1992, nearly 20 years. Over my time, I've eaten Indian in Berlin, Hamburg, Montreal, NYC, Queens, Scranton, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Boston, and more. From time to time, you come across a great place, and occasionally, you are scarred for life!
India House isn't flashy, rather casual. The allure is not the appearance, but the food which has steadily been the standard which I compare other Indian restaurants with. I have been eating there for about 10 years and know most of the vegetarian food quite well. The common concensus between my friends has been that the Malai Kofta is their best dish. The sauce is creamy and potent, and easily puts me in to a food coma. This is a good thing.
My other favorites would be the Paneer Bhuna and Channa Aloo. On occasion, I wasn't happy with the sauce for the Channa Aloo as it sometimes is too thin for my tastes, but the flavor still is there. I'm not a fan of dal dishes (except yellow dal), so I can't provide any review there. What I can say is they have 18 vegetarian dishes, not counting the biryani dish. That is more than most Indian restaurants that serve meat.
The service is not what you could call attentive, but the owners who are the wait staff are quite friendly and will make special accommodations for vegans or special requests. This kind of service and catering to the customer can be hard to find some times.
They don't serve a lunch buffet, except for Sunday, which I thought was odd. I used to order take out for lunch several times a week, and instead they give you about 2/3rds the portion of a dinner along with 1/3 of a side dish, rice and papadum. The side changes daily so make sure to ask before ordering. In actuality, I found the non-buffet was more rewarding as I never could finish it for lunch and would eat the rest later for dinner or a snack.
I've eaten at all the Indian restaurants in Syracuse and Ithaca, and when I want to treat myself, I drive an hour to eat there. Call me crazy, but I know what I like and where to find it.
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