Restaurant Review – Namaste Grill

There are freshly painted brightly colored walls and new wooden furniture.
There were brightly colored paintings on the walls,

There were brightly colored indian fabrics draped above entry ways,
big fans kept the interior comfy and the air moving.
Light Indian music playing in the background would have been nice, or too cliche do you think?

there were people we knew,
people we didn’t know. 
People lined up waiting for seats to clear
The food offerings were limited, but good, actually quite good.
Unfortunately, because the owners were a bit rushed we didn’t get a chance to visit, to ask about the other items currently on the menu, about what new offerings might be forthcoming, who they were, where were they from…
 We’ll go back for sure.
We were a group of 8, we arrived early, about 7:10 and we were asked if we could come back about 8pm as they weren’t quite set up and ready.
Just found out from Nancy that the posted hours are Wednesday – Saturday 6pm – 11pm
No problem,  we went just up the street, had a beer, chatted, and returned.
Along with the delivery of our drinks were plates of veggies sticks with a light yogurt sauce.
 Sorry, they disappeared before I even thought to get thhe camera out.
and all but 1 of us ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala
The Chicken was tender, flavorful, slightly spicy, and worth the wait.  I would have liked a bit more sauce with mine to mix in with the rice.  The rice was light, fluffy, ACTUAL basmati rice and flavored with whole cloves.  
Also served were bowls of fresh light yogurt sauce that really accompanied the flavor of the chicken well.
the other order at our table was Saag Paneer
the spinach was fresh, not over cooked, the cheese or paneer was crumbled throughout the spinach which was lightly sauced and spiced, really good.
Overall I think the opening night was successful, they need to post their operating hours. The wait staff was attentive, and efficient.  There was a bit of a rushiness about the kitchen, but since the dishes are pre-prepared types perhaps it was just the timing to have everything ready at the appointed time.
Namaste Grill is at the corner of calles 47 y 58 in Centro, Merida
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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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8 Responses to Restaurant Review – Namaste Grill

  1. retnuhh says:

    The Namaste Grill is now the New York New York. It's owned by the same people but the menu has changed I believe.

  2. ADO says:

    Wow, I wish I'd seen this posting when I was in Mérida in Sept. Yep, back in Silver Spring, Md and Philadelphia, where there's good South Indian vegetarian food. My spirits are raised knowing I can find some such dishes back in Mérida in several months! Thanks for the write-up.

  3. Hmmm. Looks like I will have to send the Cantankerous Critic there soon!

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks for the review, Debi. I can't wait to try them out. When La Dulce and I were first talking about moving to Merida, about the only negative I could come up with was the lack of an Indian restaurant…now I no longer have that complaint so may just have to move there full time.

  5. Merida Mikey says:

    I, too, enjoyed the evening and enjoyed seeing you and Tom again!

    I would have enjoyed a bit more sauce, a vegetable to accompany the chicken and rice, and I really missed not having naan, which I thought was traditional!

    It was overall, enjoyable.

  6. Nancy says:

    It was a lovely evening with good company and great food. The review was “spot on!”

  7. Oh, yum! It's so exciting that they finally opened. Every time we have driven by, I have checked to see if they are open.Thanks for restaurant review.
    regards,
    Theresa

  8. glorv1 says:

    That looks delicious and the paintings are just great. I knew “namaste” was an indian word but I wasn't quite sure what it meant so I looked it up at Wikpedia.
    It's actually a salutaion of “sorts.” A religious salutation. There are different meanings to it but they are understood to have “respect” within the word namaste. In the different indian cultures a bow is used to show respect.

    It's oh so interesting and I thank you for sharing this post because I learned a new word. So I shall see you, namaste.

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