Bollywood, on Pikk Street next door to the Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel, offers Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes - an interesting and uncommon trio - at very reasonable prices and a quiet, relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.
With only about 10 tables, the restaurant is intimate but with a spacious feel, with two "in-window" tables with cushy mats affording the opportunity to lay back and stretch out a bit.
The Thai fish cakes were an excellent appetizer - obviously hand-made and very fresh, crispy on the outside, piping hot and with a creamy texture on the inside.
The Indian spicy/crispy pork dish was succulent - the meat perfectly cooked, in a rich, thick, piquant sauce with a separate bowl of rice so flaky and light that a passing butterfly would have blown it out of the bowl.
Service was prompt and pleasant, without being obsequious. The music - always a crucial yet under-reported element in any dining experience, was perfect for the setting - a very light, comforting and low-level melange that leaned more toward "New Age" than any pan-Asian soundscape.
The only problem? I think they should lose the name. "Bollywood" may work on some level, but it certainly does not evoke the quiet, comfortable and delicious experience that awaits.
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