Jolly's Indian Bistro

April 29, 2012
I haven't had Indian food for a while, so my recent dinner at Jolly's Indian Bistro was quite satisfying. The place was cleverly decorated with fabric to cover up the exposed ceiling. The drapes contributed to a warm and intimate ambiance as if we were dining in an elaborate Indian tent.

I really liked the ornate lamp suspended from the ceiling.

I started with a mango lassi ($3.50) as usual. It was quite thick, and I appreciated the fact that the glass wasn't completely filled up with ice.

The waitress recommended the crispy prawns ($8.95) as a starter, but oddly enough the prawns were not crispy at all.

Each mushy prawn was surrounded by a ball of dough with a texture similar to tofu or fish cake. Although I enjoyed the honey mustard sauce and the salad, I wouldn't want to order this dish again.

We ordered 2 entrees to share, and each entree came with rice and salad.

The goa fish fry ($15.95) was a savoury cod dish cooked in onion sauce. The fish fillet was very soft and I was happy that there were no bones to pick out. The rich and tasty sauce reminded me a little of French onion soup. It was perfect for a bit of naan-dipping.

Of course we ordered the signature butter chicken ala Jolly ($15.95). The chicken pieces were tender, and the most impressive part was the smooth and creamy sauce. Even tthough I've always known that butter chicken sauce was tomato-based, this was the first time I could distinctively taste fresh tomatoes in the sauce. It was just like a cream of tomato soup.

We also got a couple of plain naans to go with our entrees. They were nicely made with soft and fluffy layers.

The meal was enjoyable overall, but at the same time nothing was particularly memorable. I would come back if someone suggested dining here again, but I probably wouldn't be the one to make that suggestion.

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