There’s alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available, and we zeroed in on their mango lassi as we weren’t sure if we’ll need it to drown out spiciness levels later. The mango lassi was quite creamy with yogurt and had a good punch of concentrated mango pulp in it.
We’re always started off with a platter of crisps served with a red hued sweet tamarind dipping sauce, and a mint green chili based sauce. I’m always tempted to pack home the mint chili sauce as it would be wicked with fish pakora!
I love cheese, and paneer is no exception! The sauce its swimming in grows on you the more you eat it and at the end of the night, I found I enjoyed this dish more than the butter chicken.
Butter chicken is one of my boyfriend’s favorites, so we had to try their version.
Built on a very tomatoe-y base, this aromatic version is less thickened and buttery then most renditions we’ve tried.
A little swirl of cream ups the richness of this dish, and though the portion sizes look deceivingly tinny tiny, we had more than enough leftover for lunch the next day.
We’re not the only ones that don’t eat rice and fill up on hot fresh out of the oven naan right..? We’ll, you’re missing out! Over out last 3 meals, we’ve tried:
Regular naan – soft on the inside with a nice slightly crisp exterior, it’s a nice neutral base to scoop up various curries
Garlic naan – redolent in garlic infused oil, its hard not to love, though your entire table may need a mint or three after!
Coconut naan – its covered in generous amounts of toasted coconut so its best eaten alone or with anything you typically enjoy coconut rice with.
This wasn’t naan per-say...
It’s a savory mixture of finely finely shredded chicken breast with fresh herbs and spices sandwiched between some crisp-soft dough and baked that worked well as an shared appetizer.
We gave three out of the many curries they had a try... as we were ordering all off the menu and not from the buffet, the kitchen can adjust the seasonings so you can have your selections not spicy mild and all the way up to insanely spicy.
The first was a goat curry. This mild (as we ordered everything mild), earthy, medium-rich curry with a bood body had a good amount of meaty chunks of tender goat and diced vegetables in it
The fish/seafood curry was the only one that fell short, as the seafood was overcooked a bit.
the TANDOORI MEATS
Alright, here’s the moist, aromatic and flavorful tandoori chicken I’ve been estatic to discover in Edmonton! Its served on a hot sizzling plate on a bed of vegetables that are largely ignored. The hot plate surprisingly doesn’t overcook the chicken but keeps it warm (probably as it cooks the vegetable bed instead).
If you’ve tried tandoori chicken elsewhere in the city, you’ve come to expect dry, dry chicken jerky renditions… and luckily it wasn't the case here!
but you can practically see the flavorful juices ooze tantalizingly out as you pierce a piece with your fork.
Buttery moist fish marinated with aromatic spices and a slow spicy heat that builds up as you eat more. Nom!
Out of the 3 times we’ve been, we’ve been too stuffed to try their desserts, and packed food home to boot. Next time!
Friends Indian Restaurant and Sweets
Address 469 Parson Rd, Edmonton, AB T6X1N4
Phone (780) 490-4412
Hours Open daily for lunch and dinner
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