East India Grill: Spice is right in Federal Way
The food at East India Grill in Federal Way is fabulous. Whether it's curry, cilantro, cumin or coriander, the Grill has the seasoning down pat.
Seattle Times staff reporter
East India GrillIndian
31845 Gateway Center
Blvd. S., Federal Way
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch and 5-10 p.m. for dinner Sundays.
Etc: Major credit cards accepted; ample parking in the lot; no obstacles to access; full bar.
Don't let the man standing along 320th Street in Federal Way, rocking a huge yellow arrow pointing in the direction of East India Grill, fool you. Tacky advertising, yes. Tacky cuisine, no.
While the restaurant has some shortcomings — the odd cartoon music they played as we entered, the man with the sign and slow service — the food was fabulous.
India is a country rich in culture and its food contains a vast array of spices. Whether it was curry, cilantro, cumin or coriander, the Grill had the seasoning down pat.
The menu: There are grilled items, such as a rack of lamb marinated in garlic ginger ($20.95), and traditional tandoor items cooked in a clay pot like chicken tikka ($14.95). Lower-priced items include the vegetarian mutter paneer ($10.95), homemade cubes of cheese cooked with peas and garbanzo beans in a tomato-cream sauce, and curried mussels with chutney ($8.95) as an appetizer. The lunch buffet, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, is a deal at $9.95.
What to write home about: I had the ginger prawn masala — sautéed jumbo prawns, ginger and garlic with a tomato, onion and coconut sauce ($14.95). My friend had the lamb biryani — lamb cooked in Indian herbs and basmati rice with a ginger, garlic and onion sauce ($14.95). We both loved what we ordered, as well as a serving of spinach naan ($4.95), warm bread filled with a thin layer of spinach, and two chai teas ($3.50 each).
The setting: About the time the food arrived, the music switched to soft Indian fare — something out of Bollywood that was fitting for a restaurant that's a classy hideaway in the middle of a shopping plaza.
Summing up: Our bill, without tip, came to $45.18. All in all, this place has the best Indian cuisine I've had in years.
Nancy Bartley: 206-464-8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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