What did they tell you about Indian food?

This month I decided to taste the Indian dishes at My Diner’s Asian Restaurant at Frans Indongo building in the capital. An incredible discovery it turned out to be. I stumbled onto this restaurant when I was on my way to work earlier in the day and I said to myself “shukriya” here is an Asian restaurant. Shukriya in Indian language means thank you. The restaurant is tucked away in a strip mall nestled by offices and I walked in just before lunch. The restaurant is a family business run by a husband and wife with a small staff complement, five to be precise.

I have always wondered how Indian food would tickle my taste buds and anxious to prove the healthiness of Indian food.

The restaurant focuses on all the cuisines that harmoniously coexist in Windhoek, from Indian to Oshiwambo specials, as well as other local cuisines.

As I scanned through the menu list, I had hot Indian chai by my side, before settling for the specials of that day, Chicken Biryani served with Yoghurt salad and vegetarian Lentils for our debut Indian lunch.

All main meals are served with rice or roti and a side salad. Unlike the usual parboiled rice sold in Namibia, Indian rice has larger and longer grains with an amazing natural taste that stimulates the digestive juices to flood into mouth.

Indeed, like any Indian dish, this one had the typical identity of Indian cuisines—spicy. The food was spicy and aromatic.

The place was full of Indian customers and many locals. I guess they like this restaurant for keeping it simple and authentic.

The yoghurt salad and the chai made the magical moment for our ice breaker meal. It was made of cooked vegetables with garlic and ginger added to aid the digestive system, the owner Mitesh Bhayani, explained as I dined.

One of the main features that make Indian food healthier is the fact that the cooking uses little oil unlike the fast foods that are prepared with copious amounts of oil.

“The chicken and meat have oil contents in them and we tend to rather not use too much cooking oil in our food because too much cholesterol is not good for the body,” Bhayani says.

The waiters are fantastic and patiently explain the different dishes that are on the menu and assist with recommendations to clients who like me, have little knowledge of the Indian cuisine. Try it out and you will not be disappointed.

Most of the lunch meals are affordable in comparison to the food outlets and under N$ 50.00. Dishes offered range from Madras Beef, Rump Steak, to Chicken Schnitzel with Chips and Mutton Curry. The vegetarian dishes include Lentils with Roti and Vegetable Samoosa.

The hot beverages include Nescafe, Rooibos tea, Chocochino and Indian chai. There is also a variety of soft drinks.

Bhayani says his main concern is to keep his meals affordable arguing that people with healthy eating habits should be able to buy meals leaving the pocket healthy and not ailing.

If you are out and about in Windhoek and want something new to tickle your taste buds, check out this quaint eatery and experience delicious Indian cuisines served by the owners to provide personalized service a rarity in Indian restaurants. PF

Ratings

Courtesy – Excellent
Ambience – Welcoming
Service – Fast
Food – Excellent
Value for Money – Fair
Overall rating – 4/5