Portland >Food & Dining > India Oven Authentic Cuisine
3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.511911 -122.623125
Neighborhoods: Richmond, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Don't bother. – They do what they do, and don't really pay much attention.
The food was ok. The service was ok. The price was ok.
The best I can say is, it wasn't terrible.
If you want ok food and service, this is the place.
If you want good or better, go somewhere else.
Disappointing – I called first to see if they take reservations and was assured that they do. After finally finding a place to park several blocks away on a Saturday evening, the three of us walked into a crowded restaurant and were greeted with a puzzled look concerning our reservation. (Uh-oh, not getting off to a good start here.) When we were finally seated in the noisy and relatively small, bare room, the service was glacially slow. Even after the place began to empty out, the service remained sloooow. Everything was ala carte---even the naan cost extra. The food was fairly tasty, but the portions were small and not worth the price being charged for them. We went into this debacle wanting to like the place, but the bottom line is that for what you get, we have eaten in far better Indian restaurants in the Portland metro area.
Dine at your own risk – I could have literally copied and pasted large sections of several bad reviews after having the worst dining experience in Portland. People tend to only write reviews when they have something bad to say and readers tend to accept it as an isolated incident. I should have read more of the reviews and heeded the warnings. My fiancee and I arrived early on a Saturday night with 2/3 of the tables empty. We were promptly seated, but noticed the staff was more interested in seating more new customers than actually taking our order. We tried to get their attention, but ended up watching the wait staff take the orders of ALL the new customers before us. Half an hour went by before they even asked us what we wanted. By then most of the newer patrons (larger and smaller parties) had already received their food. Another half hour went by with no appetizers or drink refills and for the first time ever, we made the uncomfortable decision to actually walk out of a restaurant. On our way to the door we were courteous enough to tell the front desk we were leaving and why. One guy started arguing that the food was ready as the lady behind the desk gave us the "stink eye". We should have kept on walking, but decided to sit back down. The food came and then our appetizer afterward. The waiter said the time stamps of when the order was received in the kitchen and the time to cook it was reasonable, while we calmly explained our lack of service in getting that order to the kitchen while others around were not ignored. He made some illogical excuses and didn't bother to offer a discount or apology. Instead of rectifying the situation and satisfy the customer, he was more argumentative and defensive. As far as the food, my Chicken Tika Masala tasted ok, but was tiny. My fiancee's Saag Aloo was also a small portion and didn't even fit the description on the menu. The Naan tasted like dry bland soda bread and was not nearly as flavorful as other Indian restaurants. I actually gave them $1 tip, but feel like that was too generous. While most people around us seemed to get ok service and there are several good reviews on this site, be warned that things often go badly and the staff won't care. We will never go there again and will not recommend this to anyone we like...
GROSS! – This restaurant is GROSS. If you saw into their kitchen, you'd never eat there again. Open containers of spices and nuts attract critters (just watch the dumpster behind the building and you'll see they crawl right back under the building). I'd write more details, but this website is telling me the words I wish to use are inappropriate... I guess being honest isn't allowed on citysearch.
Really, honestly, run away.
Great Indian food, nice new spot on Belmont – Met at India Oven's new location on 34th & Belmont for ladies night. We each picked a meal and appetizer and shared them all.
Everything tasted great, and came in generous portions. Their naan is always fabulous, but wanted to try the garlic naan, which I'm glad I did, it also had cilantro, which was the perfect complement to the spicy garlic - YUM.
We ordered the Chicken Biriyani, Chicken Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka (apparently we're chicken fans)... it was all amazing, and the open-air feel (they have huge windows that slide open), was perfect for a warm summer night.
Too much money, Lacking in everything else – First time (and last)...recommended by friends and a few reviews but failed to read more than a few. Had we read more reviews we wouldn't have wasted our time and money at this poor excuse for a restaurant. Seated promptly, after searching the lobby for the right door, but it took 1 hr at least to receive one of our two entrees. The second entree showed up 15 mins after the first with a very half hearted apology from who we assume might be the owner. The food tasted good but it was really expensive for the quantity. The tikka-masala was 11.95 and was only the size of half a chicken breast. My friend ordered a lamb dish that was 12.95 and it was even smaller than the chicken. Our non-english speaking waitress did not understand that we wanted the full dinner that included naan bread and salad. She charged us for two extra servings of naan on top of the 2 dollars per dinner. We decided not to push the subject because we weren't sure if she would understand our problem. Both my friend and I ordered a soda and water, which were never refilled until after we had finished our meal. The atmosphere is less attractive than any fast food joint. For $15 a meal one would expect a lot more. One last and very important factor in our decision to write this review is that our server coughed on a plate and proceeded to place it on our table...YUCK!
Authentic, tasty food. – My girlfriend and I recently visited this establishment for dinner. We were very excited about getting Indian food. Overall, the food was good...Not overly impressive, but good. The soup had far to much chicken taste, but everything else was pretty good. The atmosphere was very poor. It was extremely cold, the walls are pretty bare, and the only music we could hear was a radio in the kitchen, and very loud bass coming from next door. If there was more on the walls, or around the place, the sound wouldn't be so bad..We *might* go back.
A friend and I ate here recently and I am not motivated to return. It was OK ? some items were good, others not so good. I had the Chicken Vindaloo, it is available in mild, medium, and hot. I choose medium, which had some heat but didn?t overpower the more subtle flavors in the sauce. My friend ordered Chicken Tikka Masala. Unfortunately, the chicken was tough and way overcooked. The Tikka Masala sauce was very good, but the tough chicken ruined the dish. I enjoyed the starter salad of cabbage, peppers, and tomato. It was very refreshing and tasty. My friend is not big on cabbage, but ate half the salad. The Naan bread was disappointing, too thin and lots of burnt spots. The mango Lassi was good, but I was outside on the patio in 85 degree weather, I would have liked it colder to last while I was drinking it (it was cool, not cold when served). To anyone new to Indian cuisine, when eating a highly spiced dish like Vindaloo, a Lassi helps to refresh the palate while eating. The atmosphere of the restaurant is not one where you would go for a first date or a special occasion. It is a room with a couple of ceiling fans, and a small enclosed patio adjoining. The day we were there, the room was stifling, I couldn?t believe the three groups seated inside could stand it, no air conditioning, just a couple of ceiling fans. It was much more pleasant outside. The entrance is not obvious, and since it was my first time there, I thought I was going into the hallway where the bathrooms are.
1st visit was good, 2nd visit was terrible – I went to this restaurant with my mother, husband , and daughter for the second time in April of this year. The staff was great, yet the wait was unbearable. We waited 45 minutes for our menus and two hours for our food . The food was good on our first visit four years ago, but this time it was less than stellar. The tandoori chicken was simply salted baked chicken, the rice was not basmati, the nann was crunchy and part of our order was missing. I watched three tables leave that night due to the wait. I will never go to India Oven again. Bombay criket club is much better.
Awful food, lousy service – India oven is easily the worst restaurant I have been to. Buffet was lousy with burnt naans, sticky jasmine rice (which was very incorrectly labeled as ?Basmati? rice), and awfully salted curries. Dessert was kheer in burnt milk. I am amazed at how blatantly such restaurants call this food the ?Indian Food?! Ambience was terrible with torn and dirty couches, an unmentionable restroom (which I have read they share with the bar next door, so probably the owners can?t be solely held responsible for). And well, there was a fly bothering our neighbors on the next table.
The worst part of the one-hour ordeal was the horrendous service. We politely refused being seated next to the restroom and that probably flared up the old lady. Smilingly while paying for our so called lunch we told the lady that the food was not quite good and she retaliated very sharply and shouted at us that we should be thankful for getting this food and should never come back to the restaurant (and plenty of such degrading remarks)! I was very surprised at her unexpected behavior and just walked out. I wonder how the restaurant has been in business so far! The restaurant is quite an insult to the wonderful Indian cuisine. And such people who do us a ?favor? by running such restaurants, giving us this ?unexceptional? service full of degrading remarks on being told that they can do better, and giving us such food, THANK YOU!
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