Updated: Apr 26, 2021
As the next restriction of COVID are lifted, the normalcy of indoor dining doesn’t seem like such a far off dream anymore. When we’re ready, restaurants will be filled up to capacity, restauranteurs pockets will be lined (especially the cooks, shout outs to us!), good times will be had again and it’ll be easier for someone like me or you to write and read blog posts from foodies. Until then, all I got are memories.
If you didn’t know, I LOVE Indian food. I used to run a blog reviewing my experiences in Indian Restaurants, mostly in The Bronx. I started it at the worst time though, the fall right before the bug hit. I’ve since closed it, but that doesn’t mean that we can relive them. Let me tell you of a time I went to Coromandel the best indian restaurant to eat, based out of New Rochelle, which featured some of the best Indian food to eat in the city.
Nothing beats knowing that good food is a foregone conclusion when you sit down to eat at a restaurant, and that is exactly how I feel when I go to eat at Coromandel, a highly regarded and recommended Indian restaurant located in New Rochelle.
My family and I visit Coromandel so often, we talk to staff like close cousins. We catch up on the life of the staff and about what’s new on the menu. You’re going to want this kind of relationship with the front-of-the-house staff of Coromandel, because I guarantee you’ll be seeing them very often after learning of how great their food is.
Coromandel is a trendy restaurant that serves an assortment of Indian fare. Coromandel has its own bar area and catering lounge, making it a great choice for parties, baby and bridal showers, and more. These options coupled with valet parking and a parking lot across the street make Coromandel extremely accessible. The color scheme of the restaurant is predominantly bright red, with paintings of various Indian themes such as Hindu deities and maps of India. The seating maintains the color scheme with dark-colored leather, and tablescapes that consist of white cloth, with silverware is placed in the traditional banquet style of the dining world.
Their menu tries to capture as much as India has to offer, but without overwhelming you with choices. I can appreciate when a restaurant's menu is kept to a reasonable number of options, as it shows me that the establishment chooses quality and refinement through control over a smaller number of dishes rather than giving their clients too many choices. Coromandel’s menu also includes an assortment of wine and beers, allowing you to dine with a touch of class or with a cold one. Coromandel also hosts an amazing lunch buffet, held from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., then it closes until 5 p.m. for its dinner service. The lunch menu normally consists of two meat options, one fish entrée and several vegetarian options along with a dessert to accommodate any and all tastes.
Coromandel’s staff has an intimate knowledge of the menu and is very aware sensitivities to spice, or to be more precise, heat. The menu items that are “mildly” spicy have a chili stamped next to the dish on the menu, while the intensely spicy dishes have two chilis. I’d advise caution though, as their version of mild and extra spicy are likely a step above the average consumer’s heat tolerance. Should you make a mistake or bite off more than you can chew (pun intended), they’ll be happy to remake your dish with less heat or advise you in a direction of less heat as far as their menu is concerned.
For this trip, my family and I ordered Beef Bhuna and Tandoori Chicken, with a Masala Dosa and what is now one of my favorites and go-to’s, the Lasunki Gobi - which is battered and deep-fried cauliflower that is tossed in a sweet tomato sauce and herbs. The best way I can describe Lasunki Gobi is that is the Indian version of General Tso’s Cauliflower. The Lasunki Gobi was delicious, and I highly recommend it. The Masala Dosa is a staple in my family’s outings to Coromandel. It’s spiced potato and vegetables wrapped in a crepe. If you ask the staff for an entrée portion, they’ll increase the size of the crepe for you. The crepe comes with a spicy side of vegetable curry, and a coconut chutney to mellow out the Dosa’s heat. Whether it’ll be appetizer or entrée, (they’ll send you a double stuffed one if you ask for it as a entrée!) the Masala Dosa never disappoints.
The Beef Bhuna was a dish I hadn’t tried before. The beef was extremely tender, and the gravy, while not as copious as other curries, was thick and rich, like an Indian style demi-glace. Coromandel's Beef Bhuna is more than worthy of a revisit. Lastly, the classic Tandoori Chicken sealed the deal for us. Tasty white meat chicken (which would normally have me a bit apprehensive, as white meat tends to be overcooked and a bit dry) cooked to perfection in the tandoor. Their yogurt-based marinade helps to seal in the juices, making for chicken dish that’s a winner when you're undecided as to what to eat.
If you’re looking to get your fix of great Indian food, the critically acclaimed Coromandel (which The Zagat Guide writes about every year) is a damn safe bet. I can never get enough of their food and great hospitality, nor can I recall a time when I had a bad experience. Whichever mode of transportation you prefer, whether it’ll be by bike, foot or Uber, get yourself to Coromandel. I can say with confidence that Coromandel is the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever eaten at, as evidenced by this review – and the number of times I’ve eaten there.
And who’s word would you rather take, The Zagat’s or mine?