Friday, July 12, 2019

GM Restaurant

GM Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Named after the initials of their two sons born around the time the restaurant opened, GM restaurant is a rather busy Indian restaurant with friendly staff. Sharing-for-two-persons portions give this place rather good value. Taste isn't magically "wow" but it's good, comes out fresh and hot and in reasonable time despite the busy dinner hour.

Curry orders do NOT automatically come with rice or naan! They do slip in a warning about the size of your order if they suspect you're close to over-ordering for your party size, and I thought that was nice. Nothing heavy handed, just an assurance of the portion size being more than enough.

Paneer Pakoras ($11) a unique cheese coated with Indian spices, then fried and served with tamarind sauce as well as raita
  • Classed as an appetizer but it could easily be a light to medium meal on its own because of the solid chunks of cheese.
  • Rather bland taste, but you would expect that if you already know about paneer.
  • Overall it tastes sort of like tofu, but without the bitterness, and with a different texture. 
Sweet Crispy Cauliflower ($11) a unique pakora consisting of cauliflower fritters mixed with spices, fried, then toasted and coated with honey. Served with tamarind sauce and raita.
  • Not as crispy as I hoped, but the honey glazing is a rather good combination with the deep fried exterior. 
Lamb Rogan Josh ($14 +$1 surcharge for lamb; normally your choice of chicken or beef)
  • Nothing wrong here. Tasty sauce, decent amount of large cubes of lamb.
  • If you like lamb, you might want to check in before ordering the lamb. I didn't find it to have a strong gamey flavour. Some people look for that, others seek to avoid it. So if it matters to you one way or another, check in first. 
Vegetable Kashmiri ($12.50) seasonal mixed vegetables and fruit cooked with nuts and raisins in a lightly spiced curry sauce
  • Pretty interesting and chunky curry. Hard to tell from a photo but it included carrots, potato, and pineapple.
  • Definitely not skimpy on the sauce but this isn't one of those curries where the chunks are swimming in soup, if that's the type of curry you're hoping for.
  • The nuts and fruit make for an interesting flavour. Try to have some with every bite. 
Homemade Mulligatawny Soup ($8)
  • Deliciously spiced soup made hearty with a good chunk of potato.
  • Price a bit steep for the portion -- but it's tasty. 
Made in house Cheesecake
  • I really thought they blew it with the presentation here, sadly.
  • The cheesecake itself is really decent. And you can taste a difference between the factory stuff you find in supermarkets, especially in the texture of the cheesecake and the flavour of the crust.
  • I asked for whatever they had that was interesting and weird and to just bring out a surprise, but I guess they ran out of those two categories and gave us strawberry.
  • Way too much sauce on this one which, sadly, left an unappetizing muck on the plat as you eat it. Token sauce for colour would have been fine, though some of it might have been unavoidable from the sugary-sweet strawberry slices they used. Not sure if that part was house-cooked or out of a can. 
  • Looked fresh and tender. Really nicely done.
  • Not the fake supermarket stuff heated up, nor did it look like stuff that had been sitting around a bit too long from earlier in the day. Clearly superior to a lot of Indian restaurants that don't care too much about this staple. 
  • My good friend treated me for my birthday and sneakily paid the bill so I didn't get to see the full details, such as the portions of naan we ordered. I suspect the picture shows two orders. 
Plain Rice ($5)
  • Portion good enough for two.
  • Paired with a curry, you're looking at around $20-ish dollars, but you've got a decently sized meal for two persons. 
Overall, good food plus good value plus good service. I guess it's top marks.

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