10015 82 Ave NW, Edmonton
Last week I went to Daawat for the first time. It’s an Indian restaurant located on Whyte Ave, on the more east side, on 100th Street. For parking, there’s some metered street parking along Whyte, and parking on the side streets. We came shortly after 6 so parking was free.
For Naan, they have buttered naan, garlic naan, and plain. We opted to go for the garlic naan. It comes out really nice and hot and it’s a great vessel to carry food to your face.
For their buffet, they have various salads, as well as some papadum, which is really light and crispy. For food, they have a lot of options from paneer, tandoori chicken, butter chicken, white/saffron rice, Onion Bhajia, Chana Masala, etc.
I got a fair mix on my plate. Overall… I would have to say that the quality here is lacking. I’ve been to a few Indian restaurants, and the tastes and spices didn’t really match up. I found that the paneer was really chalky and dry, the curries lacked spice, and overall, it wasn’t great. The one dish that I would recommend is the tandoori chicken, which was smoky, and flavourful (but you should go for the thighs and thicker pieces because the drumsticks looked a bit dry).
Lastly, for dessert I had some rice pudding. It was very gingery. Of the places that I’ve had rice pudding before, the spices were more akin to chai, so getting the heavy flavours of ginger, I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but it was not expected on my part. Overall, not bad since I like ginger, but I was expecting something different.
Overall, it just did not cater to my tastes. When I was there the restaurant was relatively busy, and I saw many orders from Skip The Dishes, so they must cater to some tastes. Their reviews are relatively decent, so it’s possible I came on an off day. I hate to give bad reviews to places I’m invited to but this was just my honest experience here.