Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Seattle Restaurant "Review": Pabla Indian Cuisine

I used to think there was no good Indian food in Seattle. When I lived in the San Fernando Valley I definitely had my choice of places within a few minutes from my apartment. Last summer I went to Pabla Indian Cuisine lunch buffet during a lunch break while taking an Ayurvedic class. I really enjoyed it but for some reason never went back.

This past Monday night, I wanted to buy some mustard oil. I remembered Pabla had a little Indian store attached to it so my bro-in-law and I decided to make a night of it. We drove to Renton so I could get my oil, had dinner there at Pabla, then when to pick my sister up from the airport. We went about 6:30 to the little restaurant located in the back of the Fred Meyer parking lot. It was pretty quit in there, just a few tables were filled (mostly with Indian people, that's always a good sign). The walls were adorned with brightly colored paintings and curtains. The waitresses were nice, but not at all overbearing.

For an appetizer, we had vegetable pakoras. A variety of vegetables dipped in lentil paste and fried, served with a mint chutney. Such a delight for two people on a no-wheat diet! The fried lentil paste gave a "breaded" feel to the vegetables. For dinner, we had Saag Channa, Spinach cooked with broccoli, tomatoes, garbanzo beans and ground spices; and Jeera Aloo, Potatoes cooked with onions, cumin seeds, turmeric, garam masala and dried mango. These dishes came with a side of white basmati rice. As garnishes we ordered vegetable rahitha and mango chutney. All I can is WOW! It was 10x more tasty than the buffet! I didn't really take notes on the flavors (because I wasn't planning on writing this review) but every bite was amazing.

The restaurant is also vegetarian and kosher. The store offers a variety of fresh Indian desserts, a plethora of imported spices and oils, and Ayurvedic personal care products. I have found my favorite Indian restaurant in Seattle and can't wait to go back!

RENTON (Pabla Indian Cuisine)
364 Renton Center Way
SW #C60
Renton WA 98057
Phone: (425) 228-4625
FAX: (425) 228-4629

Timings: Monday- Sunday (7 days a week)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Lunch Buffet)
5:00 pm- 10:00 pm (Dinner)

(Last customer for buffet 2:45 pm)

(Last dine-in order 9:30 pm)

Grocery Hours: 11:00 am- 10:00 pm


  1. This looks great! I used to think there was no good food in New Jersey either, so I used to buy these ready-made packages of Indian food from this brand called Tastybite. I make them all the time for my family and they love it! And I have to say I've served it to a few of my Indian friends and they seem to think it's very authentic and delicious as well. These have and will have to suffice for now unless I plan on making a trip to New York or Seattle haha. But if I'm ever in that area, I will make sure to check that restaurant out!