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FUN MAGAZINE, June, 2006.
Out of India
DaAn Branch: 23, DaAn Road, Sec 2
ShiDa Branch: 26, Lane 13, PuCheng Street
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
10% Service Charge (only at night).
Outside catering available.
---By Julia Kprak Translated by Shanzi
"I've created my own little India
in Taiwan", says Out of India owner Andy Arya as
he tears off another piece of paratha bread and scoops
up some curry. We've just tucked into a full spread
for lunch with the other chefs.
Minutes earlier, I had my own private
Indian cuisine lesson as Andy brought me downstairs
to see the kitchen and spice supply. Indeed, the secret
is in the spice. There are 67 different kinds of imported
spices, including cardamom, star anise, cumin seeds
and nutmeg flowers. These are crushed and mixed according
to precise ratios passed down Andy's family tree.
At Out of India, you'll notice that the sauce for each
dish is entirely different (for example, a different
curry is used for the Chicken, Mutton or Fish Curry)
and is painstakingly made from scratch. Each sauce is
first ground for four hours over heat with oil, then
mixed with tomato puree and stirred for another two
Entrees at Out of India range from NT$180
to NT$400, and are definitely designed for sharing (also
great for a catered meal). In addition to the crispy
Gobi Paratha (NT$60) and other tasty breads, Andy's
built-by-hand oven is used to make his Tandoori specialties,
including the brightly spiced and tender Chicken Tandoori
(NT$280). For those who normally avoid Indian because
it's "too spicy", try the Butter Chicken (NT$320),
which is mild and slightly sweet. I myself savored the
packed-with-flavor but not-too-hot Mutton Masala (NT$350).
The Out of India staff are flexible and will happily
cater to whatever your taste buds are looking for, even
if it's not on the menu.
As the meal is coming to a close and
everyone at the table is looking pleasantly satiated,
I lean back with my yummy Masala Milk Tea (NT$70) and
listen to the Bollywood soundtrack playing in the background.
And, for a moment, I really feel like I've been transported
to New Delhi.