We attended a Michigan Shakespeare Festival performance in the early afternoon and then went to Namaste for dinner.
The restaurant is hidden in the north end of a strip mall whose street has no name. So check a map beforehand.
Our meal was excellent, at least the equal of the really good Indian cuisine available in Ann Arbor. I had a vegetarian dish with potatoes, cauliflower, and spices, while my wife had chicken tikka masala. The helpings were large enough for us to enjoy lunch on them the next day.
The price is very reasonable, in part because you order rice as an extra on the side. Still, we paid about ten dollars less than we do in Ann Arbor, and we were well pleased.
The service is informal, and occasionally there can be a little bit of mis-communication: I reminded the server about rice and right away received a fork. But who knows? My northern California pronunciation is probably at fault.
I recommend this restaurant highly. It is very clean, the bathrooms are spotless, and the food is both excellent and good value. It is true that the menu is a bit limited, but there is a fair amount of variety. I did like the fact that everything was fresh, which is easier to guarantee with a modest selection. We will certainly come back.
I should say that the restaurant had a variety of customers while we were there. There was a German-speaking family, a large group of Muslim Pakistanis, a few Indian couples, and a large family that had decided to stop in because there was no space at the pizza joint a few doors down. They seemed to be enjoying themselves. I write this because there was a sense I got that the restaurant is equally satisfactory to those who know the cuisine well and those who are inquisitive.
We have never tried NeeHees, which was closed on Sunday, but I have noticed that there are both highly favorable and disappointing reviews, which I have learned to imply that the management is not uniformly on top of things. I could be doing that restaurant a disservice.
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