Seattle >Food & Dining > Chutney's
519 First Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.623891 -122.355531
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne
Unassuming, but totally worth it! – We decided to go to Chutney's because of a coupon, it was not busy when we went in and we were skeptical about it even though it is kind of tucked away. We ordered 4 dishes and each one was excellent. The service was great, the restaurant was clean and the atmosphere was very nice. I will totally return whenever I need Indian food. And it was all at a reasonable price.
Undercooked crunchy rice paired with watery flavorless sauce..run as fast as you can! – I usually don't write negative reviews but this is hands down the worst Indian restaurant around. First & last dining experience here! Every dish ordered was lacking authentic flavor and the sauces were watered down. We ordered lamb kabobs (very tough), Chicken Pomegranate & Chicken Korma. Sauces were so runny & consistency quite odd, raita was also very watered down. Main Ingredient in sauces is 90% water 10%salt and 0%Flavor. To make it worse, the rice was undercooked and had some crunch to it. Flavor & spices so lacking. I would never suggest eating here unless you had no choice. No kidding, this is not a good place to eat.
YUCK, NEVER AGAIN!!! – We were looking for a good Indian restaurant to celebrate my birthday (28 Nov)and after reading reviews here, we decided to visit Chutney. We ordered Paneer teeka masala, Mushroom with peas and Chutney's special sauce with vegetable. Order came in less than 5 min, which surprised us, Indian food takes more time to cook. Paneer teeka masala had load of salt in it, we complained to waiter but he rudely replied that ' everyone love this dish and no one complained so far' . He refused to believe us, even though we asked him to taste it. Mushroom with peas was disappointment, there were hardly any mushroom in it and it looked stale. Chutney spoiled my birthday, bad service, rude waiters and crappy food. Do a favor to yourself, AVOID IT or recommend it to your enemies. After trying all Indian restaurant in Seattle area, I found out that Kabab House and Naan & Curry (Renton) are the best ones.
The best food and exemplary service in traditional Eastern style! Just mention Jag from London UK!! – Well, all I can say is this--I have tried many Indian restaurants in the USA, right across from New York to Frisco, but soon as I walked into Chutneys, I just felt so relaxed and "at home". They had some kinda Indian song tune playing, but without any vocals, which just gave it that extra air of authenticity. There was a middle aged guy standing by the cash till, whom I assumed to be the owner, and soon as I walked in, he immediately walked towards me with huge smile and welcoming pleasantries. This was followed by a yound lady who took my coat and asked where I wanted to sit. The food I ordered was absolutely superb, with a great range of cold beers to suit. After I had eaten my fill, the lady asked me if I wanted a cup of Indian spice tea, which I agreed to, and that really rounded off an excellent, relaxing evening! On another occasion, after a long walk at the PIke Place Market, I stumbled upon another Indian restaurant called Pabla Cuisine, which I think is at 2nd St near the market. This place was the complete reversal of Chutneys--surly, uninterested Staff, horrible, mass-produced type food. Two weeks later, I was back at Chutneys, sampling their delights again! Oh, and I found out the name of the owner--Mr Gill. Next time you are there, ask for him by name and he will help you choose your dishes and tell you a little about them, too! And mention my name (Jag from London UK) and you will get preferential treatment!
PS one time I was at Chutneys at lunchtime and the place was packed--so much so, that the waiters had to virtually barricade the door shut to stop any more people coming in!!! That would not happen if the place was lousy!! By the way, this is review is about the place in Lower Queen Anne Street.
Mainstream Indian cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. – In Short
Chutney's made its name with standards mixed with "Americanized" variations on Indian flavors. Dishes range from traditional vegetable pakoras (deep-fried vegetable dumplings) to chicken tandoori, marinated in yogurt and baked in a round clay oven. The signature tikka masala, with chunks of lamb bathed a blend of butter, cream and curry, is as rich as it sounds.
spoilt, burnt food – we ordered chickpea fritters one of their speciality sauces with veggies. the first was great and plentiful but the second dish smelled burnt, plus the veggies were probably defrosted a long time back and were going bad. the service was attentive and the ambience good but we are NOT going back there again. there are many reasonable priced indian-ish restraunts in seattle metro that are better than this.
Unfortunate – My boyfriend and I used to do the lunch buffet regularly until one day I almost broke my tooth on a piece of broken glass in the spinach dish. I am not making this up. We paid and I got out of there. Insread of complaining or letting them know, we slipped out the door never to return. I was horrified to think how the glass got in there.
Great place for Indian food – Of all the Indian places I've tried in the Seattle area, Chutney's on lower Queen Anne ranks up there. I have never tried to order from the menu, as I go there for their lunch buffet. Their lunch buffet rocks. It's reasonably priced and very delicious. I love their basmati rice, chicken meatball curry, spinach, there really is not a bad food item in their lunch buffet. The staff there is very friendly and the place is very clean. I would recommend coming here for Indian food.
This place is great! – I have never had Indian food until my friend recomended that we try 5 different cuisine's in 5 weeks. This week was Indian food, and thank God for Chutney's!!!! I ordered the lamb chops and thought "I can die happy now!" What ever the sauce was with that dish is to die for. (I asked and think I got the response that it was tomato paste with some kind of cream) Either was it was great! Unfortunatly, the friends that I was with said that my meal was the best and would order it next time which makes me believe that I should'nt order what they had...sadly! "So, that does it....order the lamb chops and you can't go wrong!"
Good Indian Food, Good Service, a Bit Pricey – We ate at Chutney's for the first time this week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Although other reviewers said the food is not authentic and service poor, we experienced otherwise.(We should know we lived 13 years in the Silicon Valley, arguably the best Indian food in the US) This is one of the better Indian restaurants in Seattle, although not the best, and a little pricey for the quality. Still the staff was very friendly, the wine good and the food very good.
My next test is to try the lunch buffet.
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