Remember when all that snow hit us and we were either stuck in our houses or just really didn’t want to go outside? Well, we could have gone out in search of food like any good primitive hunter, but I guess we just felt lazy. Earlier that week, we had passed Coromandel and I think the proverbial seed was planted in our brains. I’ve been there twice and the food was always great, never disappointing. I even took my friend Paul, a spicy food aficionado, there before we saw Puscifer at The Stamford Arts Center and he loved it too. So back to our snow day- Kristien called up for delivery and we were told there’d be about an hour wait for delivery. We expected that, sure, because it wasn’t the best outside, but what we didn’t expect was to wait 2 hours for our food. Yeah, that sucked, big time. Our food was cold and almost all of it had to be reheated.
That being said, when it was reheated, it was still excellent. We started to chowdown on the poppadom with the three usual suspects: mint chutney, spicy sauce, and tomato chutney. This is always a fun part of the meal because you get to try out the different flavors while you wait for the rest of your food to arrive (or in this case, heat up). We followed that up with our naan. Seriously, who doesn’t love naan? If you don’t, you should seriously just stop reading this because you are not worthy of hearing about this Indian goodness. Kristien had the Afghani Kulcha that was stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cottage cheese. She loves that and will ALWAYS pick that on the menu. I’m really picky with my cheese, so I went with the Aloo Paratha, a whole wheat naan that’s stuffed with spiced potatoes. Seriously, this stuff is great, but be ready because it’ll weigh you down a bit. :) Both tasted very good, though they were both a little on the burnt side. Not ideal.
My entree was the Goan Chicken. The chicken remained moist and seemed light compared to the the heavy tomato sauce with red chiles. Now, Coromandel isn’t joking around if they say that something is HOT. If they say it’s hot, it’s hot. Don’t mess around, seriously. It wasn’t too much for me because I love spicy, but I was sweating. Kristien had a similar experience with her Mamsam Koora. The lamb was cooked nicely with ginger, green chillies, peppers, garlic, some curry leaves and was finished off with a Hyderabadi sauce. Kristien was in tears from the heat, but enjoyed her dish.
Our favorite part of the food at Coromandel, though, is the dessert that they send along with the meal. Gajar Halva, carrot pudding, has a sweet, honey taste that spreads throughout the carrots. You feel like you’re eating something other than carrots…it’s undeniably a work of art. Look at that wonderful texture in the picture!
All around, Coromandel is an Indian treasure in Stamford, though they’ve been expanding quite a bit lately into other CT cities. If you want good, quality, authentic Indian fare, this is the place to be. We’ve had delivery from them before and it wasn’t bad or a problem then, so we’re hoping the 2 hour wait won’t become a standard. After calling two times, the manager in charge did offer to give us our food for free if the delivery wasn’t there in 5 minutes. It arrived 2 minutes later. Oh well, a free meal would have been nice. ;)Noms: 3.75 Cost: $$$ Coromandel Address: 68 Broad Street (Corner of Broad and Summer) Stamford, CT 06901 Phone: (203) 964-1010 Fax: (203) 358-8848 Hours: 12-2:30 pm (M-F) 12-3:00 pm (Sa-Su) 5-10:00 pm (Su-Th) 5-10:30 pm (F-Sa)