Many of you might not know this but I love Indian food because I used to live with someone from India. In university I studied Japanese for one of my two degrees so I was given the amazing chance to live in the international dormitory. Not everyone gets this opportunity but seeing as I was studying a foreign language and was helping the International Student and Scholars department acclimate incoming international students this opportunity was given to me. My roommate came from India and grew very homesick for the authentic food from her home country. So in response her parents contacted a local friend of a friend and this lovely elderly couple used to deliver homemade meals almost daily. So we ended up sharing meals in our tiny dorm room. Thankfully we were in the international dormitory otherwise our neighbors might have grown tired of the smell of Indian and Japanese foods mish mashed together. Hence, I grew to love authentic spicy Indian food. (hmm… now that I think of it maybe this is where I get my spice loving taste buds.)
Whew! That was a bit of a babble but back to the topic; Genki Husband and I have found a tasty Indian restaurant right in our little area of Indiana. One of our worries of moving to a new area not located in a large city is the lack of international food options. Thankfully we have found a Middle Eastern eatery and this Indian restaurant. Hooray! As a vegan entering a restaurant for the first time is always nail biting since it is hard to sit down to find out they do not serve anything vegan. About 90% of the time there is something that can be substituted and omitted to make a dish vegan but there is still that worry. Actually Genki Husband ordered a vegan sub from Jimmy Johns the other day for a business meeting luncheon and instead received a full meat with nothing else on it sandwich. So one never knows what to expect… I guess that means we are adventurous every time we enter a restaurant. Sounds much more fancy that way doesn’t it? Ha-ha
This Indian restaurant does oversell their buffet but this lady here does not appreciate a buffet. There is just something about food sitting out with tens of hundreds of people walking through spreading germs all over the food. So if you are like me, just go ahead and ask for a menu. Note: You might have to ask a few times since they really do push their buffet. Vegetarian items are clearly marked so you will need to inform them that you do not eat dairy either and they will assist you. Most Indian people will understand veganism as it is common in India at certain times of the year to go vegan. So fear not you will be understood – you might have to explain no meat, no dairy, etc but they will understand after a short explanation. No worries.
We found we really enjoyed our meals – they were again a bit blander than normal Indian meals but I think the waitress thought we were not up to the bold flavors of India as we asked many questions about ingredients to assure it was all vegan. Next time we go (yes, there will be a next time) we will mention to have it extra spicy and I’m sure it will come out as normal. Need to feed those taste buds right? Ha-ha
615 West Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
Anyone dine here? Or have any other suggestions for the South Bend area?