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June 17, 2010

Legend of India

June 17, 2010

Legend of India

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There's a new Indian Restaurant in town along Jupiter Street called Legend of India. It is marketed as a Fine Dining Restaurant with a mini-bar inside, flat screen TVs showcasing Bollywood movies, and a mini-Indian dessert sari-sari store. We loved the sauce-y dishes matched with either the naan or basmati rice. I was impressed with the extensive line of Indian desserts that you can buy for take-out.

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The ambiance is a bit stiff, formal and seemingly uninviting. The menu is poorly designed with hand-written changes that communicate that this is not really a Fine Dining Restaurant.

Soup and Vegetarian Appetizers | Non-Vegetarian Appetizers, Kebabs | Vegetarian Dishes | Mutton Lovers, Fish Lovers, and Prawn Lovers | Rice, Breads, Condiment, Papadum | Desserts, Jain Dishes, Drinks

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The FREE mixed nuts appetizer with mint and sweet sauce is something unique and a great start for your meal.

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Palak Paneer (P280). Blended spinach mixed with homemade cottage cheese.

The Palak Paneer was OK. It had a balanced taste of being not too cheesy and not too spinach-y. We've tasted better ones in other Indian restaurants.

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Pani Puri (P130). Small, flaky buns served with mint water.

The Pani Puri was highly recommended by a friend. Sadly, the flaky buns served were more like tough crusts. I think the mint water is not something Filipinos would get used to. We don't recommend this.

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Plain Naan (P100).

The naan was good, and it's a good idea to eat the sauce-y dishes with the bread.

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Dhal Tarka (P250). A very famous Indian dish, yellow lentils cooked with special Indian spices.

Normally, I would not order something like this dish; however, a friend highly recommended it. It's a good thing that we took that friend's advice and got it. All of us were raving about how a simple vegetarian dish with yellow lentils could taste so good. This was finished to the last drop.

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Rajma (P250). Kidney beans cooked in spiced onion and tomato gravy.

In contrast, although it was highly recommended as well, this vegetarian dish with kidney beans did not get the approval of a lot of people. The presentation of the food was also a bit boring.

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Rogan Josh (P450). Mutton cooked in brown gravy.

The meat was very tender and the gravy was good, but it's not something to rave about. I don't think the P450 price tag is justified. Anyway, it's a good thing then that the servings are really good for sharing among 2-4 people.

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Chicken Tikka Masala (P340). Boneless chicken marinated in Indian spices and cooked in a tomato and butter sauce.

Our favorite Chicken Tikka Masala was unanimously voted as the best dish for the night. We loved the creamy tomato sauce that went with the tender chicken. As most Filipinos would say, "Sauce pa lang ulam na."

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Kulfi (P120). Indian Ice Cream.

I liked their kulfi, which had a texture of pastillas coated with ice cream. The nuts and spices sprinkled on the ice cream made it interesting.

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The variety of Indian desserts was very impressive. We tried some of them:

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Jelebi (P400/kg) and Kalakan (P800/kg).

The Jelebi is a sweet, orange Indian candy that I found too sweet. I liked the Kalakan more -- it tasted like pastillas in maja blanca form.

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Green Pista (P800/kg) and Sev Barfi (P700/kg).

Similar to Kalakan, but these two are made with other ingredients (pistachio and barfi, respectively).

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Overall, we liked the free appetizers, Dhal Tarka, Chicken Tikka Masala, and the Indian desserts. I really didn't like the uninviting feel of the place. We still recommend that you try it out, though, if you are tired of the commercialized taste of New Bombay.

Legend of India

114B Jupiter Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
We serve Halal Meats only.
Telephone: +632 836-4232
Mobile: +63 917 899-2566 / +632 211-9864
Email: legendofindia@ymail.com
Operating Hours: 11am-10.30pm

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Disclosure: We paid for our entire meal. :)

P.S. Carla commented on how she liked the disclosure clauses in the blog posts, which reminded me to put them in all the blog posts on restaurants and hotels. Thanks, Carla!

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