Indian restaurant in Des Moines is given new life with new owners and new menu offerings
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Des Moines can welcome back a new old restaurant to enjoy.
Namaste India | India Cuisine and Restaurant, located at 7500 University Avenue in Clive, recently reopened with a new co-owner and the original chef, bringing back Indian classics to the clean, modern space.
The restaurant features North and South Indian cuisine with Nepalese specialties including samosas, paneer dishes, biriyani and tandoori. Diners can enjoy a wide range of vegetarian options as well as fresh naan and roti.
"We want to provide good service, good food and good ambiance," said co-owner Rony Singh. "We don't compromise on quality and we have the best ingredients and fresh vegetables."
- Vegetable Samosas: Potatoes, green peas, onions and cilantro wrapped in a bread roll and deep fried until crispy ($4.99)
- Goat Vindaloo: Goat (or lamb) cooked in a fragrant curry of ginger, vinegar and spices with potatoes ($14.99)
- Tandoori Chicken: Chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger and herbs and roasted ($14.99)
- Chicken Tikka Masala: Boneless pieces of marinated chicken cooked in a tandoor oven and finished in a rich tomato and onion gravy with cream ($11.99)
- Dal Makhani: A mix of black lentils and kidney beans slow-cooked with fresh-ground spices in a deep, rich curry ($10.99)
- Vegetable Chettinadu: A Southern regional dish with mixed vegetables, cooked with notes of darkened spices, coconut and ginger ($9.99)
- Lamb Biriyani: Tender pieces of lamb (or goat), layered with basmati rice and cooked with herbs, served with raitha ($14.99)
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"We brought back some old favorite recipes for the new menu," Singh said. "We offer a buffet for lunch, a full dinner menu and people can order delivery through GrubHub and DoorDash."
Singh is pleased to announce the return of chef and good friend, Andrew Jadhav, 33, who took a brief hiatus to travel around Louisiana and Mississippi before returning to cook his Nepali-influenced cuisine at Namaste.
Jadhav is excited to offer smoothies made from mango and avocado along with his all-time favorites, tikka masala, butter chicken and assorted naan.
Non-alcoholic beverages range from soft drinks to lassi and chai tea. Singh is working on getting a license to carry wine and beer by the end of May.
The lunch buffet is offered every day, which features a rotating variety of meat and non-meat dishes like onion pakora, dal tadka, vegetable saag, chicken tandoori and tikki masala, assorted curries, naan and roti. For dessert, Namaste offers gulab jamun (sweetened fried cheese balls) and kheer (rice pudding).
Singh, 40, said after the restaurant and grocer's owner, Madhuri Sadhu, passed away about a year ago, the restaurant operated under new management until Singh took over operations on March 20 — reopening 10 days later. Singh is in a partnership with the owners of Namaste India Supermarket.
And Singh also sells bottled Better Bayou Hot Sauce from Fair's Best and Amazing Garlic Butter Sauce from Northern Lights Pizza Company — local companies donating all proceeds to support homeless women and children.
Namaste India | Indian Cuisine and Restaurant
Location: 7500 University Ave., # A, Clive
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 9:45 p.m.; closed Tuesdays.