I’ve been in the mood for Indian food, so when my friend, Glenn, emailed me and said he’d like to meet for lunch, I suggested a couple of Indian restaurants. We decided to meet at Dawat Indian Restaurant in Morrisville. Dawat is located off of Davis Drive and McKrimmon Highway, in a small shopping center. If you blink, you might miss it!
We arrived early, so we were the first customers of the day. We decided to do the buffet because that way we could try several dishes at one time, and, of course, most people order from the buffet at lunch anyway.
The restaurant has been open for about five months and features Northern Indian cuisine. I started with a samosa, which is a large fried ball with potatoes, peas and some spices inside the ball, and an aloo tikki, which is a little fried patty of lentils and potatoes and, I think, some spinach.
For my main dishes, I tried the vegetarian biryani, which is yellow rice with carrots, potatoes and peas. The daal nakhni is a dish with lentils and a very soupy gravy. It’s great for your health and for the tastebuds. I had the shahi paneer, which is chunks of fried cheese in a tomato cashew gravy, and is very good. The creamy gravy is one of the hallmarks of Northern Indian cuisine. I also had the chicken tikka, which was chunks of chicken that had been cooked in a tandoor oven, which is like a small clay oven. The chicken was really tender. It was served with a creamy tomato-based sauce. I don’t want to even think about how many calories are in that dish, but it was really good! Lastly, I had the chef’s special, which was my favorite dish of the day. It was pieces of eggplant and okra, that were stir fried. It did not have a creamy sauce, but was very flavorful. Don’t expect any of these dishes to be too spicy as they are on the buffet line, so everything is made to a more mild palate. If you like real spicy, I’m sure you can order off the menu and get something with lots of spice.
Of course, no lunch would be complete without bread and dessert! The waiter served us some garlic kulcha, which is an unleavened bread with lots of garlic, parsley and some butter. Wow, was it great! For dessert, I tried the Gulab Jamun, which is like a fried doughnut hole with a sugar water syrup. It was warm and moist.
If you like Northern Indian cuisine, consider trying Dawat in Morrisville. I think you will be delighted with the food. The dinner prices seemed a bit on the high side for me, but it is a great place to dine for lunch.
Dawat Indian Restaurant is located at 3735 Davis Drive, #105 near the Triangle Wine shop. They are open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm, on Saturday-Sunday from noon-3pm. For dinner they are open Monday-Thursday & Sunday from 5pm-10pm and on Friday-Saturday from 5pm-10:30pm.