Coromandel Indian Bistro

New Haven Area, Connecticut

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Coromandel is a decent Indian restaurant that offers a mix of North and South Indian dishes. It's not particularly vegan-friendly, though, and prices are on the higher side ($14 per entree at dinner).

We started out with an order of vegetable samosas ($5.50). They were pretty good: crispy on the outside, nicely seasoned on the inside. The presentation was also well-done.

Next we had a chole peshwari ($14), a chickpea dish. The dish is "dry" (meaning, no curry sauce) but was tasty and made perfectly spicy. If you're use to channa masala, this is a less oily alternative.

The subji bhaji ($14) was a proper curry filled with peas, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and zucchini. I liked the flavor on this dish quite a bit. It was hearty, savory and left you craving more of it, especially with the gentle bursts of garlic, ginger and onions throughout each bite.

In both cases, the portion sizes were good, though at $14 a dish, I'd expect at least that amount of food.

Lastly, we had an order of tandoori roti ($3) which was competent but not the best I've ever had.

As stated earlier, Coromandel has limited vegan options. The only confirmed vegan dishes are the chole peshwari, subji bhaji, and cholam vendakka varattiyathu (okra and corn in a dry curry). Other than that, pretty much every other vegetarian dish contains butter, cream, yogurt or milk.

Our waiter was very good about checking on ingredients for us and even came back to our table when he found out one dish we had initially ordered did, in fact, have butter pre-mixed into it. I appreciated this attention to detail.

The decor and ambience are nice and this would make a decent date spot.

If Coromandel offered more vegan dishes (perhaps something with tofu, seitan or tempeh?) I would come back more often.

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