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RestaurantCoriander Indian Bistro

Address:   910 County Rte 561, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043

Price:  Moderate to High

Portions:  Average

Taste:  Amazing

Service:  Overburdened

Atmosphere:  Crowded/Lunch Atmosphere

So the Missus and I have been talking about trying more Indian places, as our own foodie tastes yearn for something different.  We had been to Indian places 3 or 4 times, but never quite got our footing.  Never knew what to order or what we liked to order again.  There’s a lot of choices and it can get overwhelming.  Friends had recommended Coriander, so we decided to try it.

It’s in the plaza near the Carmike Movie Theater (the old Ritz) in Voorhees.  There’s a front room and a back room and the place was hopping.  The front room is a little crowded.  They’ve maximized the use of the space, but it would be better if it was just around four feet wide.

The staff was very nice, but they were clearly short handed.  Despite that, our food arrived pretty quickly, but we did wait an inordinate amount of time for the check.  They needed maybe one more person in the room to speed things along, I think.

The food was incredible.  The chef certainly knows what he’s doing.  I ordered a sampler platter of things that included some kind of curry veggies, rice, salad, yogurt sauce and deviled chicken.  The Missus can’t do spicy, but I can.  I wanted the spiciest choice and I got it.  But when I ate it, it was incredibly well-balanced.  Spicy, but tasty.  A perfect mix of heat, tanginess and chicken.  The presentation was great too.  It was served on a semi-circle serving dish with tiny dishes set into it.  It was grouped around my plate.

I order some garlic Naan, which was awesome, and I think it came with plain Naan, but the waiter didn’t mention that.  Either that or they just gave me some Naan with my meal.  Our appetizers included Walnut and Mandarin salad and Vegetable Samosas.  Very tasty.  The samosas (vegetable turnovers) could be cut with a fork and not fall apart.  This chef is on it.

We had to do dessert.  We ordered this sweet dumplings with Indian ice cream.  It was good.  Total bill, $68 and change.  A little high, but you pay for quality.  The portions were about right.  I’m slowly learning more.  I think next time, I would just go with a straight chicken dish and not a sampler.  Also, I would probably go at lunch.  It feels like more of a lunch time place.

In conclusion, if you’re looking to try some Indian food, this is the perfect place but this chef could make anything great.  I’m clearly out of my depth with regard to understanding Indian cuisine, but good food is good food.

I give Coriander 7 out of 10 keggers.