7.11.2007

Indian Oven review

There are about a billion different things I want to blog about, and one of these days I'll get myself organized enough to do it. Today, you're going to get a restaurant review. Yes, now you can even get restaurant reviews here at Voice of Reason. A few people have asked and who am I to deny The People?

Shortly after I moved here I got asked out to dinner at the Indian Oven here in Logan. Afterwards we went to the Rock Haus and climbed and I actually did okay until the end when I was stuck about 3 miles up at the way top of the wall and the poor guy belaying down below couldn't hear me yelling that my arms were about to give out and that I wanted to come down now and let me down, curse you and all your family!!!! and so by the time he did understand that I wanted to come down I was kind of a mess. But that's neither here nor there. And no, he never asked me out again.


The best thing, to me, about the Indian Oven is that it's located inside a Sinclair gas station at 720 East 1000 North. You walk in and to the left is a shelf full of Indian market items (and some Cadbury stuff--woo hoo!!) and a door that leads into a small (like 8 tables) dining room.

That first visit I was impressed. The food was great and the service was even better. They do this tomato soup that is quite likely the best I've ever had. It's made with coconut milk and Indian spices and I would pretty much bathe in it if I could. The spinach soup is good too, but didn't cause me to make obscene sounds the way the tomato soup did. At the end of the meal our server asked if we needed to-go boxes. I said yes, and he brought out a box full of new, fresh, hot rice. So, yeah. They're pretty much my new BFFs. It's run by the Singh family and on my way out one of the owners chatted with me and told me a bit about how they got started--they moved up from Salt Lake to Logan a few years ago.

I went back a few weeks ago with a friend to try and introduce him to the glory that is Indian food. We got the buffet, which turned out to be a tiny bit of a mistake. It's a great value ($6.99 or $7.99) and had a lot of variety, but my favorite things weren't out there. They did have chicken tikka masala, which he liked, but some of the other entrees were a bit bland. So I felt like he wasn't getting to try the really good stuff.

And then Cicada and Murray and The Boy came up for a wedding and we all met up there for dinner. My faith in the place was restored. Everything was wonderful, hot, and fast. Cicada and I both agreed that the quality of the food was comparable to the Bombay House in Provo. Sure, the ambiance is a little bit different, but I think that adds to its charm.

Here are some of the dishes I've tried there, and they've all been wonderful:

Lamb Saag
Saag Aloo
Chicken Coconut Kurma
Lamb Tikka
Chicken Tikka
Chicken Makhani
Mango Lassi
Spinach soup
Tomato soup
Vegetable pakora
Plain naan
Garlic naan
Sweet naan
Raita--I like this a bit thicker than they serve it, but the flavor is still good

Entrees are between $8-$13 and the Tomato Soup of Love is $1.99.


naan and chicken tikka masala photo from www.fotosearch.com
Mango lassi photo from www.whatscookingamerica.net

11 comments:

Oberon said... [reply]

.......what are you afraid of?

nomadic gnome said... [reply]

Oh my. I should've never read this post. I am so homesick for Logan right now! I used to be best friends with the owner (Sam or Sham) a few years ago. I worked at a pizza place in town and we would trade food all the time.

And the best secret: After eating there several times and being sure that they recognize you, you can go in around closing time and more often than not they will GIVE you FREE FOOD that is leftover! Don't tell anyone.

Jenny said... [reply]

Am SO hungry now!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Oberon, do you mean with the rock climbing? Or just, like, in general?

NG, thanks for the tip! I will definitely get on that. And I won't tell anyone. Internet, stop reading.

Sorry Jen. Want to come with me sometime? Like for dinner on Tuesday? You know Ethan loves him some chicken tikka masala.

scienceteachermommy said... [reply]

This is right around the corner from my house; Plantboy and I often commented that we would like to try it. We, of course, never made it. When you take kids on your date the most daring you get is Chili's.

You have GOT to try the Thai place on 2nd South. Divine.

Laura Huston said... [reply]

Tikka masala is my favorite! Eagle River just got a Bombay House (Alaska-owned- not related to Provo of course!) and it's divine, but SO pricey!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I'm coming to Utah next summer NO MATTER WHAT!!! So put that on our list of things to eat. Along with any other places you need to show me.

mom

.::still blinking::. said... [reply]

I will have to try it next time I am up.

My favorite restaurant of all time was on 10th north and like 50 West. It was called Tanpopo, and it closed about a year after I moved from Logan. I hear there is a new sushi place in the same place. I have not been back. I don't know how the new place could ever measure up. Happy Sushi (4th North) is not as good as Tanpopo was.

Thanks for the review. I am excited to go and try it.

.::still blinking::. said... [reply]

And have you tried La Nona (I don't know how to spell it). Authentic Italian food and they bring out crusty bread and pesto for an appetizer. That is the best part.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Blinking, they've opened a new sushi place in that spot but I haven't been yet. And now I've forgotten the name even though I drive by there every day. I'm smart like that. I understand that Hamilton's sushi night is pretty good--need to check that one out. And I have not tried La Nona but now I know I must!

Azúcar said... [reply]

Boy has Logan gone metro since my last visit!

One of my dear friends is moving there this week. I'm glad to know it's no longer a culturally monotonous village.

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