Priya Indian Cuisine - Rocky Hill, CT
Yeah, I had Indian food on the 4th of July. I didn't feel like grilling meat for just myself, all the local burger joints that I'd readily go to were closed (Plan B was open, but ehhh, just didn't feel like going there), and after a while I decided something different could be good. It was.
Priya opened for dinner yesterday at 5:30 and was silent as a tomb, as you'd expect. Being the only customer in a sit-down restaurant can be an odd experience but in this case it was sort of relieving. I was ready to settle in and have a nice, quiet, indulgent dinner. It helped that they're a smaller, dimly-lit place, though I could see others criticizing it for those same reasons. A few folks did trickle in after 15 minutes or so.
I ordered samosas for an appetizer, because who can go to an Indian place and not have samosas?
They were piping hot, with a crisp flaky crust and a moist interior that was a touch spicier than what I was used to from other places, which I appreciated.
They ended up consuming most of the chutneys that had come with the complimentary poppadoms (mint-coriander, tamarind, and red pepper). The mint-coriander was the standout for flavor, but the cold chunky red pepper added a nice contrast to the samosas' smooth potato, as did the shredded beet and carrot.
Naan was also required, of course, and I opted for the garlic naan.
Look at that. Perfection. Fresh, warm, chewy, bursting with fresh garlic. So good, in fact, that I had to check my impulse to dip it in the sauce of the malai kofta that I'd later be eating; it seemed a crime to interfere with this naan's flavor in any way.
Priya's version of malai kofta is potato and grated paneer dumplings in a creamy cashew sauce.
This is by nature a rich dish, and some places make it so rich that you really can't take more than a few bites, but that was not the case here. There was balance, and I surprised myself by finishing all three of the large dumplings and having to restrain myself from using up the rest of the sauce with the basmati. (Of course, I could have been just really
I'm interested in returning to see what they offer at their buffet, and buffets are variable things, so there's still room for them to disappoint me, but based on the full dinner experience I'm putting Priya at the top. They're sure as heck not cheap, but in this case, I definitely got what I paid for.