Indian culture, particularly the culinary way of life, is nothing new to me. I've been immersed from the Indian agronomics by working with them in various forms-- project launching, escalation handling, infrastructure support, to name a few.
I've been to some of the best Indian cuisines in town as well. Of course, I've been hailed as a goldmine of restaurant information from the project executives whenever there are foreign dignitaries coming in to work for some of our telecommunications' network element transformation projects.
Unlike Europeans, Indian palates are generally not that adventurous when it comes to trying out new cuisines so whenever some of them are in town, chances are we bring them to restaurant that would make them feel they're still home.
If you're familiar with New Bombay Authentic Indian Cuisine in the Glorietta food court, the New Bombay Restaurant in HV Dela Costa is of the same group of owners. Dela Costa Branch is their maiden voyage into a restaurant form-factor after being just a canteen at an Buendia Supermarket.
One rule of thumb to attest the restaurant's authenticity is a national patronage. Truth to that, when we were at a New Bombay, we feel like we are in India. Almost 70 percent of the dining populace were Indians.
Chicken Biryani - long grained rice with fresh Spinach gravy mixed with chicken.
Chicken Tikka Masala - chicken cooked in lightly spiced homemade golden sauce.
Chicken Tikka Dry - chucnks of boneless chicken marinated in yoghurt with a blend of mild indian spices.
Schezuan Rice - long grained rice mixed with sauteed ground chicken in exotic taste of sweet, salty, and spicy tanginess.
Because of the amount of rice we ordered for just the two of us, we ended up hugely bloated that night that my thought of trying the Lassi, their youghurt shake drink was dismissed.