Cafe Society

Reader: How about an American restaurant in India that serves tuna casserole and Hamburger Helper?

The owners of Namaste India, which Gretchen Kurtz reviewed last week, are both from Nepal and say they make their food the same way they would back home -- but while the fare is solid, it's also a little stolid. Namaste's kitchen does stock ginger, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, coriander and chiles. But like so many Indian, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian restaurants in this country, it tends to turn down the heat and scale back the spices in order to please an American audience.

And while many Denver diners will be pleased, it left us looking for more. See also: Namaste India gets mild applause in our review

What would be the equivalent for an American restaurant in India? Says Steven:

I'm going to move to India and open an American food place that serves tuna casserole, mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper...
Don't forget, we've already sent McDonald's around the globe....

If you want more adventurous Indian food in Denver, where do you go? Post your suggestions below...

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun

Latest Stories