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How authentic is Indian by Nature?

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I won't claim to be an Indian expert so I'm asking foodies out there who are an expert on Indian food to share with us if Indian by Nature (IBN) is really hard core Indian food? IBN is the latest Indian place in the second floor of Jupiter Place.

I was not really blown away with the food, and maybe that is a good sign. Some people argue that the Indian restaurants in Manila serve Filipino version of Indian cuisine. (Except probably for Spices in Manila Peninsula). So maybe, we are just not familiar with what "full-on" Indian food really taste like -- specially, for people like me who have not been to India. The Filipino waiters were also not very helpful and knowledgeable about the food served in IBN.

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You can see a lot of Indians patronizing the place which is always a good sign. It has a modern interiors with a bar and an enclosed smoking lounge area. Indian music videos play in the flat screen TVs to set you up with the right mood.  The dining area does not smell like Indian food which is a good sign of well planned ventilation.

Check out the complete Indian by Nature Menu:
Samosa, Kathi Roll, Papadum | Soups, Tandoori & Tikka | Kebabs, Fry's, Veg Main Course | Veg Main Course, Dals, Non-Veg Chicken | Chicken, Mutton Main Course | Biryani, Breads, Raita | Fish, Prawn, Egg Curry, Rice, Pulao | Drinks, Desserts, Thali

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Sweet Paratha (P69). This one is for the kids or kids at heart who like their bread with sweet honey-like sauce.

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Corn Paalak (P169). Spinach gravy cooked with corn and Indian spices and herbs

We are used to ordering Palak Paneer which is a spinach gravy with cottage cheese so we decided to order a different one with a twist of corn taste. It was good but you need to love corn to appreciate this.

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Chicken Tikka (P179). Boneless pieces of chicken cooked in famous Indian Tandoori flavor.

The chicken meat crumbled when you bite it and the spices were not too strong. I enjoyed the vegetable side dishes more and the chutney.

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Mutton Kasa (P230). Mutton cooked with slice onion, thick gravy in Indian Spices.

It was good but not to yummy to our Filipino taste buds. But I'm not sure if this is really how it should taste like.

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Mutton Biryani (P225). A well-known culinary delight of Indian Sub Continental made of premium rice called Basmati rice, fried with clarified butter to give a nutty flavor with spices, meat and vegetables.

You can't go wrong with Basmati rice, we love to order them everytime we are in an Indian restaurant. Usually we order it with chicken or mutton.

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I honestly forgot what this fish dish is whether it was the tikka or the masala. It was forgettable because the fish taste old already so stay away from ordering any fish in the menu.

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Carrot Halwa (P135). Must try dessert made of grated carrots cooked with sugar and dry fruits in IBN Style.

We decided to be adventurous with the dessert instead of ordering the usual sweet indian balls called Gulab Jamun. We tried to convince ourselves that Carrot Halwa is healthy because we are eating shredded carrots except that it is sweet. It was good the first time you try it but after a few spoonfuls, it gets boring.

I decided to post this to solicit other opinions about this new Indian by Nature place along Jupiter.

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Indian by Nature Jupiter Place
2nd Level Jupiter Place Jupiter St.
Makati, Metro Manila 
Phone Number: (+63 2) 484-9629



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I am an Indian, so let me give my explanation based on the pictures given above.

1. First and foremost, Indians do not eat sweet paratha, this is very much made for filipino taste, I am not a filipino food expert, but I know most filipinos add sugar in their food items. So, it is kind of funny for me to see sweetened paratha, in India they would normally pour ghee or butter on it.

2. Secondly, I think the 'corn paalak' is quite creative because in India we eat 'Paalak paneer', so in this case instead of using 'paneer' they use 'corn', which is fine, but, I don't understand why they should substitute 'paneer' with 'corn', coz I think they could easily prepare 'paneer' (paneer is made from curdled milk, just like tofu is made from soya). I am told that filipinos use corn a lot in their food items, so, I think this is again another way adapting the food item to the filipino taste.

The rest of the food item looks quite authentic.

we do eat a lot of indian food especially in the past anywhere around the world like my husband who used to live in india{calcutta}one time dragged me to london{england}just to try how authentic the english indian food mainly curry but we couldnt find those food my husband used to eat in calcutta but in the past i had a good close friend from india she only cooked original indian food meaning 'authentic' indian food means cooking in the ground o underground using clay pots and all non conventional practices and no high tech equipments meaning purely hand mades..that is an authentic indian food cooking and we love them so much

Hey Anton! I love Indian food, our favorite (my husband and I) though is the one from Podium, New Bombay. I have relatives who are from India, actually my Aunt's husband is Indian so I get to taste the really authentic Indian day to day food when we lived in the States with them and I must say, I liked some and hated some, they are pure vegetarians by the way. But when we went to restaurants in Devon St. in Chicago and tried different types of Indian food from their meat recipes to desserts, I must say, they have so much to offer. Some of the food I tasted in Devon St. are similar to the ones we eat at New Bombay so, I guess most of what they serve there are authentic. Plus you should never dine without ordering Sweet Lassi (Mango is our fave), I love that drink. HIHI.

Hi Anton! My fiance and I have tried IBN a month ago and we've been wanting to go back ever since. We loved the samosas! the mutton kasa and the palak paneer were also quite good and we happily mopped them up with their buttered naan bread. I have no idea how authentic the food is since I have never been to India- I think only Indians and those who have been immersed in Indian culture can give an accurate answer to that. We saw that the owners were Indian though, so hopefully they're staying true to their roots and not "Filipinizing" the food.

You were right about the service. The staff should be trained more reagarding the menu so they could give proper food recommendations. They were pretty much useless in that department. But at least they were nice and attentive.

I really love Indian food and I made my bf a convert to this cuisine too. This is a new place to try Indian cuisine although I still have to try Swagat first hehehe!=) We are partial to New Bombay and Queens just doesn't make the cut in our salaries. One thing I notice they have a lot to offer.=)

What a coincidence, I was just at another restaurant in Jupiter Place the other night (Malacca -- have you tried it? Very tasty food!), and we were curious about the new Indian restaurant there. And now, here it is! :-) Personally, I enjoy Queens very much, especially for their wonderful bread. For cheaper Indian fare, Swagat is reliable.

Yeah we like Malacca too :)

I love Indo-Pak food! Though I haven't tried it in the Philippines and haven't been to India neither (soon, God-willing)
In Singapore though I eat all the Indian Food I could hehehehehe, we actually stay were most Filipinos don't stay or venture, Little India. It's a great place, nice neighborhood, 24-hours access to Indian food (malay also, I was muttoned-out last time I was there hehehehe.

The Biryani rice on your pic though seems different, must be a different type of basmati rice. Anyways, good job bro!

my husband said.. for him the only authentic indian cuisines are those cooked in underground clay stoves cooked by using woods prepared by hands and only by indian cooks lol!..that is bcoz he's a foreigner{pure european descent but american born}who lived{work related}in india for few years so he prefers ONLY the originals{very spicy} tika tandoori chickens are looking good lol

I'm so glad to see this business picking up because I would have hated to see a nice space go to waste, and the food are reasonably priced.

We met the owner, he's actually Indian so I guess this lends to the authenticity. My partner and I were recently in India too and we found the food to have a much stronger flavor, but India by Nature comes close. Many say its Filipinized, but if you ask me I prefer it this way :)

Hey Anton!
Been a regular lurker here largely due to the fact that my knowledge of the local joints pales in comparison to yours! Anyways, I'm Indian and have been working in the Phils for a few years now.

While I haven't been to IBN, I can say from what i've heard from my Indian friends that while it isn't all that authentic it does come close. You're right that Spices does dish out the best Indian food here in Manila. But if youre looking for cheaper options that still taste close to what you'd expect to get in India, try New Bombay. The Podium and Salcedo Village ones especially. I personally gave up on Swagat as I have seen bad food and a dirty kitchen.

Queens, along Jupiter is a good option as well.

Cheers! And do keep up the great work!

THanks Beth for this comment! A lot of people are saying it is as close to authentic Indian food as you can get in Manila.

Thanks for the comment, Sagar! Very helpful :) At least we know that IBN is one of the closest to authentic indian cuisine...


Based on my experience living in Malaysia where close to 10% of the population are of Indian descent, authentic Indian food does not burn your mouth on the first bite or "subo." The spices slowly builds up the heat in your body. Also, authentic Indian food is more expensive because the spices are pricey.

How is the Mutton Korma here? Mutton curry and korma\kurma are my favorites.

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