No tacky temples or glittering goddesses here. Amrit's interior is a reflection of modern India: simple, forward-looking and tasteful. The cuisine is ... More
No tacky temples or glittering goddesses here. Amrit's interior is a reflection of modern India: simple, forward-looking and tasteful. The cuisine is classic north Indian fare with some excursions into southern Indian fields. Fresh ingredients and great lassis show that the chef knows a thing or two about quality. Starters range from EUR2-5. Main dishes range from EUR4-11): the grilled duck from the tandoori oven (EUR 11) being highly recommended. Half a litre of German or French table wine costs EUR 6.50.
Visited Amrit on Oranienburger Strasse last night purely based on the recommendations on this page. I'm commenting to prevent anyone else making the same mistake. In short, the food was terrible and to make matters worse, incredibly expensive for Berlin.
Onion Bhaji (starter)
3x Warsteiner Beers
Cost: €50 (with service)
Firstly, onion bhajis are small balls comprised of onion and seasoned flour batter. What we got was a huge mound of battered onion 'chips'. These were soggy. Poppadoms were nice and spicy though. Assume these were shop-bought ;-)
My lamb dansak (Lamb Dansak should be red in colour, slightly sweet and sour, picant) was in fact a brown lentil mush. Gristley lamb. I decided this dish was actually the German speciality Linsentopf (brown lentil stew) with a bit of curry powder chucked in. And kidney beans! Kidney beans, in a curry? For some reason there was some grated cheese on top of the bubbling brown pool. My girlfriends Madras was actually a Korma (I know this because the waiting staff had a little discussion before dumping it on our table... like "will they notice if we just say it's a Madras?") Anyway, this Korma had TONS of cheese on top, and lacked any particular taste save for an excessive saltiness.
The Saag Aloo was €8.50, which is excessive for what on English menus is a side dish. It was middling in quality, and as such the 'highlight' of the meal.
If you've ever tasted a good curry in your life (all English people have ready access to good curries, Americans I'm not sure, Indians don't even bother) then Amrit will be an insult to your tastebuds. If you've never tasted a good curry and want to be robbed, Amrit is the place for you!
Today I visited the Amrit with a female Collegue. The way got so unfriendly an rude to her... we just HAD to leave. Maybe the Indian staff has a different understanding on how to behave in front of a lady.... this was unacceptable
Amrit, stands as the best indian restaurant I have had the happiness to visit and dine at. I highly recommend Amrit. No matter which chain one visits, the service is friendly and the food (khana!) is superb.. I being a total hot indian/pakistani food lover, visit 'Amrit' and its sister chain 'Mirchi' every evening whenever I visit Berlin.
Visit 'Amrit, enjoy the bathura and their superb daal :) Worth the price, worth the time.
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