Portland >Food & Dining > East India Co. Grill & Bar
821 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.519292 -122.683868
Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
From the Indian equivalent of wood fire—a charcoal-fueled tandoor oven—comes Portland’s best Indian food. But the real find at East India Co is the seasonally rotating, four-course tasting menu showcasing the flavors of Indian holidays, from the bright colors of Holi in the spring to traditional street foods on Mother’s Day.
Overpriced average Indian food – Well, When our food came out My boyfriend and I looked at each other and started laughing. Our portions were so small. We are not big eaters as it is and we were so shocked. It was not bad food it was good a bit gentrified for our taste. Don't recommend.
Flavorful authentic Indian food. Customized a fixed menu! Great Sevice! – I have dined a few times at East India Co. They make their drinks virgin for non-alcoholics like me. I am Indian and this is authentic Indian food. It is flavorful and they use good quality materials to make their dishes. I am sure that the Basmati rice they use is one of the best available and it reflects in the food they make. We were a party of three that went for a lunch buffet. The restaurant had a fixed menu for lunch but when it saw that the three of us would have the same food to eat, the waiter said that he would customize our meal and would make two different appetizers and three different curries for us so we could have a choice. We gladly accepted it and are happy with the quality of service rendered to us. Overall, a great place and very obliging friendly staff. Strongly recommended!
Some of the best Indian food in Portland – East India Company really is quite wonderful, and I'm always surprised more people aren't familiar with it. It has a rather unassuming facade, and is easy to miss when driving by, but inside it's an easy and elegant space. The food puts a couple of creative twists on some more traditional dishes, but what clearly sets the restaurant apart is the quality of the ingredients and the care of preparation. The meat dishes with sauce I've had have all been very flavorful, on the less spicy side, extremely smooth and rich. The tandoori oven preparations are moist and richly flavored. Prices are a bit higher than Portland's average Indian restaurant, but the quality of the food seems to answer for it. Service was professional and gracious, but perhaps could have been a bit more interactive. Regardless, a place like East India Company is vastly superior to overrated, mediocre spots like Vindalho. I think one has to go out to Chennai Masala to find Indian food of comparable quality in the city.
Best Indian food in Portland, Period – I have been trying various food at various Indian restuarants for many years now. Some started off well only to descent to being awful. I have finally found the ONE Indian restuarant I have always been looking for. Great food, great taste, great service and continues to maintain that consistency. You should try the Onion Kulcha, Chicken Korma combination and the Samosa chat for appetizer. Nothing beats that.
What I really like about this place and the guy who manages this place is always seeking for feedback and looking at new ways at improving their menu and service. If you strike a conservation with the manager and are a regular at the restuarant it is not uncommon that he will suggest you something that is not on the menu and he readily prepares and brings you a free sampler to get your feedback. So I always know that they will have something exciting in the menu coming up.
They also have the best happy hour menu in town. All the appetizer during happy hour are $3. I prepare Indian food at home and trust me, some of the preparation required for some of these appetizers is very complicated and they are a steal at $3. And not to forget about the decent stiff drinks that the bartender stirs up for you.
I also like their lunch arrangement. It is not a buffet like some of the other Indian restuarants where the food is mass produced (and hence they lose their taste). Here they have a fixed 3 course or 5 course or 7 course lunch menu and you can choose among them. You can make slight alterations like spice levels and some substitutions if you want. It beats the mass produced food in other Indian restaurants any day.
Not your average Indian food – I have been searching for a good Indian restuarant in Portland and I have finally found it. East India Company is a great place to have really gourmet Indian food. The prices are a little higher than the average Indian restaurant but it is worth it. We have been several times and the food has always been excellent. The service is a little slow but when your meal comes you will forget about that. Highly recommend the Laziz Palian (lamb chops) or the Murg Makhani (butter chicken) and the nans and kulchas. This place is great if you want an authentic flavorful Indian meal in a classy atmosphere.
Disappointment – I spent all day today, trying to find a good Indian restaurant, so my mom and I can have a nice dinner.
After reading the reviews, decided to go with East Indian Co.
What a mistake that was.
I?ve traveled the world, but never experienced service as bad as this one.
We were ignored by the waitress at the bar. At last, we decided to just go into the dining room, where we spent some more time waiting for some one to pay attention to us. The waitress (from the bar), has finally noticed us, but the tone of her voice was not welcoming at all. We almost turned around and left, when the waiter showed up and escorted us to the table.
The interior has nothing to suggest of an Indian restaurant. Maybe they decided to go modern, but the empty walls were boring to stare at, while waiting for the order to arrive.
The booths looked cozy and comfortable though.
Simla Sambuk (scallops appetizer) were blend and undercooked. Cover with spices and pepper on top, inside were tasteless and watery.
With the mood already spoiled by the unfriendly staff, our appetite was barely there. We decided to get the rice & salad to go. When we got home, I couldn?t find the Kuchumber salad, although I paid for it.
Sabzi Biryani (rice). When I ordered that, the waiter looked at me as I was insane and said ? ?It?s just rice? fried rice.? Was I not suppose to order it? Probably not. I do appreciate a nice spicy food, but when it?s just spice and no flavor, it?s a no go for me. Occassionaly, I would find hard pieces of what seemed to be wood in there.
The veggies that came on the side were fresh.
In conclusion? I would never return to this place and would NOT recommend it to anyone. Why would I, if we were not welcomed there in the first place and food is not worth the money?
Very nice Indian food. – I have to admit I don't have the best associations with the phrase "East India Company" so I was reluctant to try it. But once I did I was very happy. I was there at lunch, so I don't know what the dinner menu is like yet. The service was attentive, refills arrived promptly, dishes were tasty and well described by the waiter when we had questions. The food was not heavy on the clarified butter, which was a nice change of pace from the other downtown Indian lunch places. The sauces were bold but had subtle inflections often missing in Oregon's Indian cuisine. I'm all about the food and generally care little about ambiance, but this fine restaurant has both. Try it for your next fancy date night or for an unusual and adventurous business lunch. You won't be disappointed.
everything was fabulous – my fiance and i kind of just stumbled upon this place but what a find. the atmosphere is awesome, very relaxed, even romantic. nice touch with the curtains on the booths. the wait staff and supporting staff are very friendly, helpful, and professional. i myself work in the restaurant industry and was very impressed. i also felt that the food was very reasonably priced considering how delicious it was. my only complaint was about the side of veggies that came with the meal, it tasted like it was canned. but everything else was so good that a tiny little side dish could not possibly marr our experience. we loved it to death. we will be back.
Autenthic Indian Food experience – I am a frequent client at East Indian company.I enjoy taking business clients and friends there.Love the service.Very punctual and pleasant.These folks are so warm and friendly.Food quality is out of this World.
Finally Portland got a classy Indian restaurant.My favorite is their Viceroy lunch menu.It is so balanced.The mutton Kebab and vegetabe curry is fantastic.I take fish kebabs also regularly.
Horrible service at lunch – I was so excited to learn of a new Indian restaurant in portland and even more so after reading the reviews. We decided to go for lunch and I couldn't have been more disappointed. The lunch menu was limited and after we were seated we waited for an hour for our main course. Several people who came in after us had already eaten and left by the time our food finally came. After an hour and a half we still did not have the dessert that was supposed to come with our meal so we finally just left. The service was the worst that I have had in a long time. The waiters seem friendly enough but everyone seems to be running around without a clear vision of who is supposed to be doing what. The manager came by several times with dishes piled at the end of our table and just keep right on walking. I don't know if this was just a bad day, if they were short staffed or if our waiter was just incompetent but I don't expect that this business will be around long if they have many more days like that. The sad part is the food we got we enjoyed but I won't be coming back here anytime soon nor will I be recommending it to others. Maybe dinner service is better?
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