Cross-posted from Calgary is Awesome.
B. and I both love the complex flavours and spices in Indian cuisine, so when Delhi Darbar opened not too far from his home this summer, we'd made a mental note to go. We finally had the opportunity a few weeks ago, with a coupon from the latest Entertainment book to boot! (Yay for teenage sisters in band!)
Delhi Darbar has actually been on the Calgary restaurant scene for a while, working out of a Glenmore Trail location for four years before moving to their current location on 16 Ave NE. Like many Indian restaurants in the city, their menu is filled with delicious-sounding vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, with specialty items highlighted in red. They also have a short "fusion" menu with items that I had not seen anywhere else in Calgary. It was difficult to decide what to order!
After finally deciding what to eat, we were served complimentary papadom (as spelled on the menu) with mint chutney and tamarind chutney to munch on while we waited for our food to arrive.
Both of us preferred the sweet and sour tamarind chutney, which wasn't as harsh as the savoury and cilantro-y mint chutney, but we made a dent in both.
For mains, we ordered the Kadhai Chicken ($12.95) and the Pride of Goa ($11.95), one of their fusion dishes. I had looked up "kadhai" to see if it could help me figure out what was in the sauce, but it turns out that it's the wok-like dish that it is cooked and served in! Our kadhai chicken was made in a tomato-based sauce filled with onion, green pepper, ginger and aromatic spices. We had asked for our dishes to be made "medium hot", so the dish had just a bit of a kick, but it didn't have us reaching for our waters.
The Pride of Goa was simply described as "roasted eggplant and butternut squash in coconut sauce tempered with curry leaves" on the menu, so at first I wasn't sure if it was worth ordering, though I really wanted to try one of the restaurant's "fusion" dishes. I had nothing to worry about as this was the favourite of the two dishes we ordered - it was smooth and creamy, with just a hint of sweetness, and dotted with little coriander seeds for a bit of citrusy spice.
Of course, we had to sop up all the sauce with garlic naan and saffron rice (both $2.95) The garlic naan was *so* good that we ordered a second round after gobbling up the first - it came out of the kitchen piping hot, generously buttered and studded with garlic and parsley. Yum.
We managed to finish everything, and needless to say, there was no room for dessert. Overall, our service was efficient but friendly, and the server chatted us up a little bit after our meal - I was sad to see that the restaurant was not busy at all on a Friday night, but it was also the same week that all that snow hit! I will definitely have to try to see if I can get there on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, when they have their dinner buffet, so I can try more of their tasty dishes!
122 16 Ave NE
Calgary AB T2E 1J5
Open for lunch buffet Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-2:30 PM; dinner buffet Mon-Wed 5 PM-10 PM; à la carte dinner Mon-Sun 5 PM-10 PM.