The original Ambadi Indian eatery on E. Post Road, White Plains, was opened about a dozen years ago by the Kalathara family of Bengal Tiger fame to highlight the street foods and simple meals of India. At the same time, Simson Kalathara’s Bengal Tiger, which had been across the street, was renowned throughout the area for its more sophisticated approach to regional Indian cuisine.
New signage has been put up on the storefront façade. It is now called Ambadi Kebab & Grill. It is under the management of seasoned restaurateur Muhammad Alam, owner of Mughal Palace in Valhalla. His wife Tangina Yesmin is in charge of the day to day operation in White Plains.
The 48-seat interior has undergone major redesign and construction. The front will now be all seating in a colorful beige and white, black and blue setting with pretty lighting and light wood-tiled floors. There is a TV. Multi-color crystal lights hang from the ceiling.
There is an updated menu, too, featuring regional Indian cuisine and Halal food. Great starters and appetizers include: Bombay Chat, crispy flour tortillas garnished with chickpeas, yogurt, cilantro, spicy and sweet sauce; Bhel Puri, a crunchy combination of assorted spiced crisps and potatoes mixed with sweet and spicy chutneys; Samosa, triangular pastry filled with potatoes, green peas and spices; Tandoori Wings, chicken wings marinated in a mixture of garlic, ginger, herbs, yogurt, baked in the tandoori oven; and Gobi Manchurian, cauliflower tossed with peppers and onions in a flavorful ginger sauce. Lamb, chicken and vegetable Kati Rolls are also available.
Tandoori & Kebab Plates include: classic Chicken Tandoori; Chicken Tikka, boneless pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices; Sheek Kebab, minced lamb mixed with garlic, ginger and peppers wrapped around a skewer and roasted; and a hearty Mixed Tandoori Grill. Biriyani, saffron colored basmati rice fried with onions, cloves, cardamom and almonds flavored in vegetable oil are offered with choice of vegetables, chicken, lamb or goat.
Vegetarian & Vegan selections include: Sag Paneer, cheese cubes in a spicy tomato spinach puree; Mixed Vegetable Curry; and Malai Kofta, vegetable dumplings cooked in a mild creamy cashew nut sauce.
Chicken, Beef, Goat and Seafood entrees include: Chicken Mahkani, boneless pieces of chicken tandoori cooked with butter, herbs and spices and coriander tomato sauce; Lamb or Goat Rogan Josh, cooked in Kashmiri masal, paprika and garam masala with onion gravy; Shrimp Korma, cooked in almond coconut milk sauce; Goat Kadai, fresh goat meat stir-cooked with coriander, tomatoes, onions and traditional spices; Beef Vindaloo, cooked with potatoes in a hot vindaloo sauce; and classic Shrimp Curry.
The tasty house made Indian breads are great for lapping up those delectable sauces: Garlic Nan, Onion Kulcha and Tandoori Roti are favorites.
Ambadi Kebab & Grill, 141 East Post Road, White Plains, open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. All you can eat Luncheon Buffet: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $9.95. Menu selections range from $5.95 to $18.95. Special Lunch Boxes from $5.95. Eat in or full take out and catering available. Casual dress. Major credit cards. Handicapped access. Municipal parking. Reservations suggested for larger groups. Phone: 914-686-2014 or 914-686-1746. www.ambadi-usa.com
(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. (235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)