Thursday, May 22, 2008

Masala's Indian Restaurant (coming soon!)

Just drove by Whole Foods today and saw a banner announcing Masala's Indian Restaurant going in where Ohana Hawaiian BBQ was (91st & Metcalf area - Overland Park). They weren't too far along, but I'm eager to try it when they open. Stay tuned!

On a related note: Why are there no Indian restaurant chains? Almost every other nationality has a restaurant chain, with multiple locations, if not within multiple cities, within the same city. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

9 comments:

smitha said...

Because indian people are not united like the other nations which form chain restaurants,though they appear like brothers they really are not .Each state has its own food and culture apart from religion.And the wonder is the no state likes another state over there even though appear as a nation .It is totally a mess inside too everybody wants lead another but no one really follows none.Coming to restaurants like ruchi and masala's they dont really server the aunthentic indian food .They just wanna make some bucks out a the popular indian cuisine name.Thus is truth amogst these folks.

Goofy Girl said...

I'm not a big Ruchi's fan, after talking to some Indian friends of mine and finding how they are treated there.

Any Indian restaurants you would suggest?

Karth said...

Try Kabab N Curry by 87th Street and I-35. They are new in town and look to have some good choices on Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine.

Back to Smitha's comment, it is not the unity of indians as much as the diversity of indian cuisine that is a big reason for chains not flourishing. In addition to that, the mechanics of preparing authentic indian cuisine requires a lot of home-grown ingredients that are simply not available over the shelf here...

I do wish chains from India would overcome that and set up shop :)

Veg27 said...

I am looking forward to Masala's opening...They are now hiring, so I don't think it will be long.

As far as other restaurants, I like Taj Palace on 39th St. (near State Line--not to be confused with Taj Mahal, which seems to have changed hands last year and wasn't as impressive). It has really good food, and the buffet isn't watered down like Ruchi's. Try the yellow lentils at dinner. Spicy but tasty.

Learner said...

I was taken back from "smitha's" comments about Indians not being united. I think the response about diversity was very well said. It is a point of view - you can call it not united and send a negative image or be proud of the diversity. I love to cook (Indian Food) and I can definitely say it is not easy to start a chain that promises the food will be exact match in multiple places. Back in India we do have chains where the companies have mastered the art of creating repeatable recipees. Hopefull soon we will have some of those in the KC area. Big American cities do have some of those.

About - good Indian restaurant - I personally like Touch Of Asia (105 and Metcalf) as the one which comes very close to the North Indian taste. Paradise India (135thMetcalf) is good too and the newly opened KabobandCurry (87thQuivira)is nice as well(price wise also good).

AUCE_94 said...

note to "smitha":
wake up and smell the masala.

#1. I dont follow the logic, if any, of your assertion that chains have anything to do with unity of a country or region.

Isnt there a chain of middle eastern restaurants in town? enuff said

#2. FYI - There are tons of indian restaurant chains. just not here in KC, perhaps

smitha said...

To: AUCE_94
Well if your used to eating and smelling junk ,keep it urself and not encourage other have junk food like u smelled at masalas.I lived in cities like indian cities california and newyork and i really know what indian food is like and not what u crave at masalas,You probably are like one of those small frogs in a pond and no no shit about the rest of the world.Good luck for ur ignorance.

Chadhve Ranganathan said...

I have seen Saravana Bavan in several major cities in India, USA and Canada. That is a south Indian chain restaurant.

linda said...

ZWAGAT in the zona rosa shopping center is truly wonderful. family owned and run, they are serious about providing excellent food to their many customers!