Raleigh >India Mahal
We tried out their lunch buffet this weekend. Not bad! It was a little disturbing to see the sign "Daily Special - Goat Meat (Every day)", but I guess that comes with the territory.
Their buffet wasn't huge, but it had some good stuff on it, and was clearly marked "Veg" on one side and "Meet" on the other. Yeah, "Meet".
The naan was a little greasier than I would have liked, but still delicious. There were probably 6 or 7 vegetarian options - the usual suspects like Saag Paneer, Curry Vegetables, and that Chickpea/tomato thing.
Best Taste and Value.
I'm a new convert to Indian food and after reading the reviews on this website, I was very skeptical about eating here. We went anyway and found nothing but great food, very affordable prices (dinners run between $7.50 and $10-ish. Even a bottle of wine was only around $14) and pleasant and attentive service. It's clear that this is a family run restaurant and some evenings may be a little busier than others, but the proprietor has been there every time I've been and he has been nothing but friendly and helpful. We also get a lot of take out from them and have been nothing but pleased! The palak paneer, panir tikka masala and the chicken saag are fantastic!
If you don't need a 5 star setting (yes, it used to be a convenience store) try India Majal. Neither you nor your wallet will be disappointed!
ASK YOURSELF, "IS IT WORTH IT?". Before setting out to India Mahal, ask yourself, "is it worth it?" I mean, is it really worth your hard earned cash to waste your time and gas to drive across town to recieve HORRIBLE service, sit in a dingy room, and be served bad Indian food? I've been to a number of Indian restaruants and india mahal falls far below the standards one would expect. Could I at least get a refill of water? Would you like to ask how my food is? Standard waitstaff etiquette is totally lacking. Even ordering out is a bad expierence! I've ordered nan bread and was told the wait was "10-15 minute".... when 45 minutes later I am still waiting and its really not very busy, I start to wonder if they are planting the grain to make it for me some time next year. Then when it finially comes out it less than half the size it was the last time you ordered... ummm, that spells quality controll. And last I checked, Indian food was spicey... so could you please include some of that delicious spice when you cook my food??? That would be great, thanks. So what I'm trying to say is that if you enjoy wasting your money on getting frusterated by bad service, long waits, and bad food, then this is the place for you. However, if you are the sort of person who works for your money, maybe popping by a friendly street vendor for a hot dog will get you the kind of service you're looking for.
great hole in the wall indian food. def. a hole in the wall, very very very good food- reasonable price. cheesy decor. the owner works the front and can seem a little intimidating at first but he doesn't mean any harm, I've been going there for years, (wouldn't dream of going anywhere else) he's a very serious person but has always been very kind and will even cracka smile occassionally. lol. the rest of the wait staff is wonderful. Don't show up with a crowd ten minutes before they close unless you want some attitude however.
Rude, Nasty, Pathetic and Appalling Service, Good Food, Not recommended.
I took my gal cos she likes indian food .. The place is quite shady from outside. It looks crappy and messy on the inside. The server either has a rod up his a-rse or its a cultural thing. But I am an Indian myself, and i doubt its cultural. I felt really bad to put my gal through this and felt at shame to have a pathetic, retarded, nasty, sloppy, rushed-up, aloof, and unpleasant service/environment. Strangely enough, the food was good ... all the dishes. However, we were rushed at the end, as the time was near 1000pm or something. Sad. Never have I seen such an appalling service. It puts to shame and offers a generalization of the indian kind. Even though we read a coupla reviews that said the service was bad and rude, we didn't think it would be this bad ... well .. I had to pay to find out. So hope this review helps .. else you can pay to find out as well.
Anyways, I will not even go for take out or free food. Even if my gal loves indian .... food ie.
User review by rhombus_boy. Maybe the service has gotten better? I've had delicious vegan dishes from this restaurant on several occassions. The staff are courteous and very attentive, in that kind of creepy (man hovering near your table) way that seems typical of many of the more authentic Indian restaurants I've been to. Other NC State students may find it convenient to pick up orders (which I've done frequently) since the food is to good to miss on account of past problems with service.
Still the best Indian Food in the area.. My girlfriend and I wanted Indian food for her birthday last week. We hadn't been to India Mahal in a while, although we'd always loved their food, so we decided to meet there. My husband and I always joked in the past, "India Mahal, where service comes last." Well I don't know what happened, but I was pleasantly surprised. We were greeted with smiles, our waitress was very cheerful and service was very good. The manager/owner checked with us a couple of times, the food was as good as always, and we had a wonderful evening. The atmosphere is still tacky, but I like it, and you just can't beat the delicious food.
Great price performer....
I like this little place. It's hard to beat for the money. Yes, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but the food is good, plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. And I must say I don't find the wait staff rude. They're reserved, and perhaps a bit diffident. But I've made an effort to get to know them over the years, and they always smile and treat me very politely. I guess if you're used to effusive bonhomie on the part of restauranteurs, they could seem stand-offish. But never impolite.
And I don't think I've ever waited more that a matter of minutes for my food, either.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the other reviewers have experiences that back up their reviews. I just wanted to say that, in my experience, these guys run a nice, inexpensive restaurant that consistently turns out good food. YMMV.
Still snobby after all these years.. I have occasionallyeaten at India Mahal in raleigh for about 15 years & in Wilmington for about 9 years. Both have very good food. I highly reccomend it. The waitstaff has always had a stick op their collective bum. The service in both locations is the same -- rude & slow. They act like the customer is not good enough for them to spend time explaing the food to. They rerely bring a refill -- important in an indian restaurant. If the food were not so damn good they would have nothing.
Now hiring a better staff. This place needs better service. Food was great, but staff was terrible. Otherwise, great food at good prices.
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