Mary Murphy, Contributing Writer
Over the course of my 18 years, I’ve eaten a lot of different kinds of food. However, I realized last week that I’ve never eaten authentic Indian food. After I told this to my good friend, she was determined to change that.
Last Thursday night, she and I went out to Samosa Hut and Grill, a small Indian restaurant off of MacArthur Boulevard. Although I’m not the biggest fan of spicy foods, I have to admit I really enjoyed this restaurant and the food it served.
For an appetizer, I ordered simple homemade hummus with pita bread. I’ve always enjoyed hummus, and this hummus with olives and bell peppers was particularly delectable. Samosa offers vegetarian appetizers, like the hummus, as well as non-vegetarian appetizers, such as Hut Wings and Chicken Pakoras.
For the main course, you can order from the restaurant’s options of naan-wiches, curries or one of its signature meals. These all come with rice, fries or naan. I had the Chicken Tikka, which is two skewers of boneless chicken slow-grilled in Samosa’s signature marinade sauce.
The waiter said his children had eaten this dish before and they didn’t think it was spicy. According to the UD freshman with an incredibly spice-sensitive tongue, it was. Despite the fact that I was constantly reaching for my water to help calm the fire in my mouth, I highly suggest the Chicken Tikka to anyone who doesn’t mind a little spice.
If anyone else has a fear of spicy foods like I do, be sure to order the mango milkshake along with your meal. Supposedly, it coats your tongue and causes the spiciness of the food to decrease. It definitely helped cool down my palate after I ate the “not-so-spicy” chicken.
In addition to the milkshake, Samosa offers a large number of desserts. From a fried apple samosa sundae to a Gulab Jamun (soft cheese balls with milk and wheat flour soaked in sweet cardamom syrup), this restaurant has a lot of options to choose from.
Samosa isn’t huge, but it has tables large enough to seat a party of 10 or so. The staff is kind and gives great suggestions about the food, and the restaurant also plays fun, Indian dance music while you eat.
At this restaurant, you definitely get what you pay for, and then some. The meals range from around $8-$10. The Chicken Tikka cost $8, and there was so much food that I had to take some home in a box.
Whether you enjoy spicy food or not, this Indian restaurant is certainly worth looking into. It’s right across from MacArthur High School on Coker Street, about 10 to 15 minutes away from campus.
Open Monday – Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Samosa is worth the short drive for delicious authentic Indian food.
If you have any questions about Samosa Hut and Grill, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website at www.samosahutandgrill.com.
Samosa Hut and Grill / 1129 Coker St. / Irving, Tx 75062