New Azaad Philadelphia Review
New Azaad Philadelphia - Good Food; Indifferent Service
New Azaad served good food earlier.
But it's gotten better now since Chef Arjun Singh added non-vegetarian dishes to the menu. On a recent visit, Arjun told us
he added meat dishes to the menu because of increasing demand.
Having tasted the meat dishes there recently, we can say Arjun made the right decision.
Just don't go to Azaad expecting fine service or a fancy atmosphere. This restaurant is basically a hole in the wall
operation with a few tables.
So far, we haven't had anything at Azaad that we didn't like. On the vegetarian side we have tried Vada Pav, Chole Batura,
Pav Bhaji, Mixed Vegetable Curry and Channa Masala. Although we liked the spicy Mixed Vegetable Curry best of all, we didn't
have any complaints about the other items.
This place offers vegetarians quite a choice of curries. There's Aloo Gobi, Malai Kofta, Bhindi Masala, Baingan Bharta, Palak
Paneer, Dal Makhani and more on the menu. They range in pricing from $4.99-$6.99.
On the meat side, we tried Chicken Tikka Masala, Kabab and Goat Curry. The Chicken Tikka Masala was a trip straight to
heaven. It's that good.
The Kabab was equally good and we relished it till the last bite. We are not great fans of goat meat and dug into the Goat
Azaad also serves Kadai Chicken, Chicken Makhani and Chicken Curry besides Chicken, Lamb and Goat Biryanis.
We saw some taxi drivers dropping in. Not surprisingly since they get a special discount. Don't ask us why (maybe because a
lot of taxi drivers are South Asians).
Having a sweet tooth, we just had to try the Falooda. It was good but not spectacular. Azaad also serves a variety of Milk
Shakes and Lassis.
Azaad's prices are reasonable. The place offers a variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian combos priced from $4.99 to $7.99.
We think the combos are good value for money.
On an earlier visit, we tried the sweets and liked them. This time we skipped the sweets mindful of our high Cholesterol
Azaad also serves South Indian dishes such as Masala Dosa and Uttapam. But we are not sure of the wisdom of eating South
Indian food in a Punjabi restaurant.
Obviously, the folks at Azaad have not heard of the concept of service. During our recent visit, the lady at the counter was
on the phone most of the time and paid scant attention to us. - © PhillyIndia.us