I had been meaning to try this place for quite a while and
I had been meaning to try this place for quite a while and finally secured a reservation last month -- and I have to say, it definitely lived up to the hype! I really, really enjoyed the monkey bread, the cauliflower, the octopus, and the butter chicken. The bread was SO soft and fluffy and went great with the eggplant sauce on the side; the octopus had the perfect seasoning and sauce; and the butter chicken was so tender and savory, though I do wish they gave a bit more for the portion size haha!The leaf appetizer was different from what I usually eat, but our waiter recommended us to try it so we did and it was pretty good! I'm not a big fan of yogurt so the yogurt detracted a bit from the experience there, but overall it was a refreshing & slightly tart dish with a lot of interesting texture!I wasn't a big fan of the chocolate oblong dessert that I got, but I wouldn't say there was necessarily anything wrong with it -- it was just a bit too dense/rich for my tastes. The sorbet on the side was amazing though!Our waiter was also really professional, and clearly was very enthusiastic about the food, which I really enjoyed. It definitely added another dimension to the experience to hear him talk about the origins of all the food, and hear his detailed recommendations. I don't think I've ever had such a passionate waiter before and his recommendations were (clearly) great!
Sundays call for brunch dates with mom! After months and
Sundays call for brunch dates with mom! After months and months of wanting to see what Ettan was all about-- I was finally able to snag a reservation for a party of two and was seated immediately upon arrival.WHAT WE ORDERED: - Mango Lassi (0/5): Whenever eating Indian food, I always make a point to order Mango Lassi to enjoy with my meal. For what I know-- Mango Lassi is supposed to be a nice thick, creamy, delicious yet refreshing drink but Ettan's was nothing like that and was the worst I've ever had. The drink I received was at room temperature, watered down and to my surprise I could not taste a hint of mango. The sad part is that it's for double the price of what you can normally find elsewhere. Found this extremely hard to enjoy and most definitely wouldn't recommend.- Shikanji (2/5): My mom ordered this drink and wasn't really impressed. If anything, she had a few sips and drank water the rest of her meal. - Ettan Salad (5/5): My mom was obsessed with this salad! She loved the flavors that came in the huge bowl and even brought some home! Highly recommend. - Butter Chicken (3/5): For the price, portions and quality for an upscale restaurant I could say we were extremely underwhelmed. Not saying it was bad... but we couldn't come to justify that it was $29 worthy. If anything, the sauce was too sweet and missing a lot of depth to it. Ambiance (5/5): There is no doubt that a lot of thought was put into Ettan's ambiance both inside and out! The entire space is beautiful and really you forgetting you're really in Palo Alto. Service (0/5):Our server didn't bother to check in with us throughout our meal nor pick up finished plates or cups until it was time to get our check. For an upscale restaurant with high prices like Ettan, you'd expect them to be on top of their service.Overall:I'm glad I was able to finally experience Ettan. Personally wanted to like this restaurant but left extremely underwhelmed and disappointed. Obviously given our experience, we will not be back. Although we didn't have the best experience, I still recommend to check them out if you're ever curious or just want good content which I feel like we only paid for.
We can't wait to go back.
We asked our server for recommendations and we loved all three of them. We are now very curious about the rest of the menu.We had dinner there last night . We brought our dog and we were quickly seated outside . Our dog was a little bit in the way of the servers (because of where we were seated) and no one was bothered by him. We were told over and over that the patio is dog friendly.We had the sesame leaf. Fantastic!!!We then had the kerala fried chicken. Also fantastic.We were doing a progressive dinner and already had some snacks at Donato's in Redwood City so we went straight to dessert after the two small plates, an order of naan, and a glass of wine.We had the early citrus for dessert and our only complaint was that the server should have recommended that we get two orders. It was not a small dessert but it was so good we wanted more.Service was great. The patio is beautifully decorated. Next time we will go without our dog so we can enjoy the inside either st the bar or one of the other tables.Parking: we parked in the main city parking lot by the library. We find it is easier to find parking on the lower level than on the street or in the above ground, open lots.
This is one of the few Indian fusion spots in the Bay Area
This is one of the few Indian fusion spots in the Bay Area that does it right. Been here a few times now and it hasn't disappointed. The area is fantastic, and the restaurant has done a great job of decorating and designing to look upscale and ambient. We started off with the monkey buns (apparently, the last batch of the day!), the tender jackfuit vada pav, and the sesame leaf. For entrees, we got the butter chicken with naan. Thoughts:- Jackfuit Vada Pav: This was one of the best things I've eaten, and I have yet to find a place that can replicate this. I have come to Ettan just to order this too. - Butter chicken: This was super yummy, with juicy pieces of chicken and a great gravy. - Sesame Leaf: This was also good, but was a little too brittle for me.- Monkey Buns: Maybe this was hyped up, but I didn't see what was so special. This is supposed to be their most popular dish. For dessert, we got the strawberry saffron slice and the passion fruit. Both were great!Overall, love coming here for a nice dinner or date night. Definitely recommend it to everyone!
Some of the dishes and drinks are very good; the service is
Some of the dishes and drinks are very good; the service is not very good at all.I went for a second time with a girlfriend on Saturday night at 7:30p seating, and we had a great time with the food, but the service while friendly, has no timing and left huge lapses, which put a damper on the experience.Food: we loved our drinks (the celery drink and the white wine), the chutney sampler was so delicious, the vallore chicken and the kabocha squash chutney entrees, and sessame seed small plate was tasty.Service: Food came before the drinks and felt rushed up front, and then when it was time to leave, we waited 25 minutes for the bill and to cash out. When you've finished a nice meal and then have to wait forever to get out of there it really ruins it. THen on the way out the host staff was busy gabbing no goodbyes have a nice night. Ambiance: Really nice, but they shouldn't seat people upstairs if they don't have enough staff.
I went with my husband to Ettan.
We were going to visit Bay area for a family event, and a my sister recommended we try this restaurant since we were planning a date night dinner. We had an amazing experience at Ettan. We ordered the hot wings, sesame chaat and hummus with fried sweet peppers. The sesame leaf chaat was amazing, the texture, flavor, taste everything was spot on! I have had chaat before but never on a sesame leaf bhajiya and that added a great layer of taste and texture to the chat. The spicy wings were a hit too, amazing taste, fried to perfection, right amount of spicy to get you salivating for more!!! The hummus was good but seemed okay after we tried the wings and chaat. The service was good, our server was bringing in food promptly, answered all our questions and gave us suggestions based on what we said we liked. Definitely a place we'd come back to if we are in the area!
We went back because we liked the food in the past.
This restaurant has, unfortunately, succumbed to the hype and the recipes that were likely developed with care are now poorly executed. They cater to the volume and cut corners with under-trained unskilled staff in the kitchen. To start on a positive note, the pea kulcha was good. It was puffy with good flavors. We were underwhelmed by the Ettan wings. We could handle the heat but truly feel that this needs to come with a warning on the menu for the average person. However, heat isn't everything and the underlying flavor was actually unpleasant. But at least an attempt had been made at flavoring the chicken because the Kerala fried chicken was among the worst I have eaten anywhere and this includes soggy fast food chicken delivered by Grubhub. The coating was soggy and flavorless. The chicken underneath was dry, overcooked, and did not have any flavor at all. The mango lassi was minuscule in quantity but worse, watery. Like someone had swirled out the bottom of a smoothie jar with water. The beef was adequate but nothing sublime. If this were an average middle of the road Indian restaurant, the dishes would have been a hit and a miss at best. But as high end Indian cuisine? - Sorry it is just masquerading as one at the moment.
The food here is amazing, I would definitely recommend
The food here is amazing, I would definitely recommend going at least once... If you're able to get a reservation. It's definitely booked pretty far out for larger parties so try to book as far in advance as possible.
oh my GOD this place is AMAZING!! I have tried this place
oh my GOD this place is AMAZING!! I have tried this place twice for a belated Valentine's Date with my partner and my partner's birthday in March. Both times were consistently amazing!Ins and Outs:What really brought me in was seeing the outside. The umbrellas and the beautiful blue doors was such a catch, I really had to try it! The inside was so beautiful (but the bathroom is something else haha). The lamps, the ceilings, the decor, so fantastic. Food:The food was absolutely SO so delicious. The first bite I took out of the lychee dessert with passion fruit and strawberries was the BEST thing I've ever had. It was so good, I really wanted to come back the next day just to have it again :(. I actually miss it right now as I am writing this review haha. The butter chicken had this beautiful smokey flavor to it. So good! My partner LOVED the dal. It was very smokey and roasted and the consistency was perfect, not too runny at all. The service was fantastic as well. Both times, we had different waiters and they both took care of us very well.
Unique type of Indian food.
The interior is fabulous and gives a nice vibe along with the delicious food. Their chicken biryani is absolutely amazing. For sure I'll be going back at sometime soon.
My group of friends decided on this restaurant due to their
My group of friends decided on this restaurant due to their ambiance and decor. Soon as you get to the front you will see the decorated door making you feel like you're in Morocco.Went there during brunch and had most of their small plates to share. I must say all the food we had were pretty amazing especially the French toast & Chai Tea Latte!Service was normal, they came when needed.
We have only gone to Ettan once.
A friend recommended the restaurant, but every time we tried to go there we couldn't find a table at a time that was convenient for us. My son and his wife came in from Atlanta and this time we were in luck. We found a table, had an excellent dinner, and look forward to going back.
Below Average overall experience. Reason: Food was good but for the price should be great. Nothing outstanding and flavors left to be desired. Context: Came on a Sunday for brunch around 1:30 pm and was promptly seated. First impression was that the restaurant is busy and therefore food must be good. Albeit, I did sit outside not inside. Some of the outside seats closer to the building are very hot and sunny, you may get burned. Food: ordered butter chicken, lamb bap, and samosa pie. To my super sad surprise, the butter chicken isn't true tandoori chicken! For $30+ I definitely expected real butter chicken which uses tandoori chicken with roasted char and crispiness to it. Gravy was uninspired and felt oily and lacking the depth that Indian food usually has.Overall portions are on the smaller side. Price is on the higher side. Ambiance is nice. Would I come again?Maybe - only if a friend wanted to. Would I recommend to friends & family? Nope. Probably not. PS - service left much to be desired. After we got seated it took at least 15-20 mins for a waiter to finally come around, give us water, and take our order. They never even took finished dishes despite me leaving them obviously done on the edge of the table.Last sad part - my mango lassi for $10 was incredibly small portion. It was watered down, didn't even taste like mango, and overall was upsetting to drink.
I had an enjoyable evening with my family for dinner.
Food was excellent service was great. Ambiance spot on. I would definitely return here. Great for date night or dinner with family or friends.
You know when you do online dating and the person's photos
You know when you do online dating and the person's photos don't match IRL? That's what it feels to dine here. I wish I listened to the previous reviews that said it was a disappointment.The hype on social media didn't match the experience when it comes to service, taste, and overall ambiance, especially for the price.Lots want to come here, so the best dinner reservation indoors was at 9:30pm. We also noted it would be an anniversary dinner. We were seated at an odd table on the second floor, and nothing was done to note the special occasion. Places we've gone to at this price point at least say "happy anniversary." The server was prompt, and drinks served first. I had the worst mango lassi ever. I was expecting a nice, rich, yogurt -- the usual chilled refreshing drink. I got the most watered down room temp mango lassi ever. I mentioned it to the server, and he made an awkward laugh and asked if I wanted another drink to replace it, implying I would pay for two drinks. I wish he'd done something like replace the drink on the house or give another (even a soda) on the house for the inconvenience.Then the appetizers came: monkey buns and sesame leaf. They came at room temp and it was just annoying at this point. First room temp mango lassi and now room temp appetizers. The saving grace was the butter chicken, which came warm and was delicious. With tip, the bill came close to $100. Not worth it and won't be coming back again. The server was nice but overall didn't really care about our experience. He said all the right things but did he do things to reflect what he was saying? No. You genuinely feel when the server cares, and that didn't come through. Sorry to say, but the words I'd use to describe this place: try hard, regrettable, and disappointing.
I finally got a chance to try out dinner here after hearing
I finally got a chance to try out dinner here after hearing Mick about the delicious cocktails and famous blue door. I was worried about reservations but wanted to see if we could get bar seating at least. Although busy on a Sunday night we were able to get good seats in the patio area. They have plenty of heaters so you'll be comfortable even dining outdoors. Service was nice and we got water and menus as soon as we were seated. For appetizers, it's divided into small dishes, warm and cold snacks. We opted for the often mentioned monkey bread as well as the chutneys. I would honestly pass on the monkey bread as the spice crumbles on top were interesting but overall it was like a sweet Hawaiian bread. It's served with regular butter on the side. The chutneys were in contrast very tasty and I would say worth it for the $8. You get a variety of eggplant and kale chutneys, some more spicy than others but all very palatable along with some papadum. Good portion size for the price. For entree my partner got the butter chicken and I got the saag made with kale and paneer. The butter chicken was by far better with the smokiness of the curry. Very unique and nicely spiced. I often order saag paneer but this dish with kale was just bordering on bitter and in spite of the generous portion of paneer I would pass on this dish next time. Cocktails were tasty and we also had the alagash beer and sour ale. Service was very responsive and proactive with making sure our table had everything so that was very nice. If you want seats inside I recommend making reservations ahead of time. Overall a good dining experience but I'll know what to order next time as some dishes are stronger than others.
An Interesting Blend of East and West
We recently had a delightful dinner meeting here with two associates. The food was an interesting blend of traditional Indian dishes with a California (Western) flair. This is a small plate restaurant, but well worth the dining experience. My particular favorites were the Butter Chicken and the "Mamu Kabob". The latter was a cacophony of spicy, delectable flavors and something to definitely try when dining here. Ettan's Naan was light and added a perfect touch to a wonderful meal. Another interesting dish was the Sesame Leaf. Not inexpensive, this restaurant in nonetheless worth visiting for an excellent dining experience. I will add that we sat outside, a somewhat quieter venue than Ettan's nicely decorated interior dining room.
This is next level Indian cuisine
I’ve eaten a lot of Indian food. This restaurant serves next level Indian. The menu is contemporary and interesting, yet they still pay homage to a few “comfort” dishes. We ordered several small plates and a few large plates. The server helped us with the quantities for 7 people and we ate family style. The cocktails were excellent. The desserts were incredible. The blending of spices from start to finish was sublime. This kitchen and front of house staff know what they are doing. I look forward to my next trip to the area so I can return to this restaurant.
Screaming toddler on a Saturday Night for 2 hours, parents thought it was cute and were videotaping it.
Food good but very noisy. There was a family with a toddler at the table next to us and she screamed for 2 hours straight. The restaurant said nothing. It was a Saturday night, screaming toddlers should be at home in bed. Will not return.
Great service! Tasty food!
First time dining in Palo Alto. Lots of options here. Glad we tried Ettan. The dishes were creative and very tasty. Our server Victor was super! Gave us great guidance and very friendly and efficient. Would love to come back here again
Gorgeous restaurant and unique, tasty food
The restaurant is beautiful and stylish- HUGE outdoor patio and gorgeous interior with two stories and an atrium. Food is unique and delicious. The fried chicken and the monkey bread were standouts. Service excellent as well. All around a great experience.
Ettan serves up some trendy & creative Indian fare.
The space is upscale and classy. I had an inside seat facing the center of the room and my sight kept gravitating towards all that was going on in the space - the people, the bar, the artwork. Despite the wonderful company of my dining companions, my attention kept being drawn to all that was happening. "Earth to Dan, Earth to Dan" Ok, back to the food. There's much to enjoy about the food and drinks - visually, textures, flavors ... it was all just very pleasant on the sensorium. Ordered about 2 large and 4 small plates for a party of 4 and it felt like that was plenty. Highlights were the - Peach Kosambri Salad (Zebra Tomatoes, Mung Beans, Sweet Mint Relish and Melon Broth) was refreshing and full of interested flavors that kept you guessing.Monkey Buns (Cast Iron "Monkey Buns" (v,g) Signature Bread Rolls, Butter And Eggplant Chutney) taste when put together reminded me of Pav bhaji. Brentwood Corn Kofta (Charred kernels, sesame, Cipollini Onion with Kerala Paratha) was very tasty with the bread to soak up all that delicious sauce.And I thought these were just ok -Sesame Leaf Chaat Flavors on Sesame Leaves (Mango, Chickpea Crumble,Sesame Brittle and Cilantro)Kerala Fried Chicken (Roasted Coconut Milk, Green Apple, Lime, Buttermilk)Seabass Collar (Snap Pea Poriyal, Basil with Coconut Curry and Coconut Rice)Overall, a great place to celebrate or just enjoy a meal with quality ingredients and top-notch service.
Tasty food. Loved the experience even if the restaurant is on the expensive side
Love this place! It's just hard to get a reservation
Love this place! It's just hard to get a reservation sometimes! I love the Sesame Leaf and Monkey Bread, definitely my favorites there! Looking forward to dining there with friends and family again!
My family and I had a great experience here! The restaurant
My family and I had a great experience here! The restaurant is beautiful and we were seated at a nice corner table outside (7 of us and our dog). The server was attentive and were very accommodating regarding gluten free and nut allergies. The food was delicious especially the sesame leaf small plate. The chicken and cheese pizza on naan (on the child menu) was delicious too for my younger cousin. My favorite was the strawberry saffron ice cream dessert. Portions were generally on the smaller side but we ended up having leftovers. We were celebrating my birthday, and my family let the staff know at the very last minute but they brought out a little hbd dessert which I was so happy with :) I read some of the reviews before we went and was a bit hesitant but overall Ettan was a lovely choice for a celebration or any occasion.
How have I not come across this vegan friendly gem before?!
How have I not come across this vegan friendly gem before?! The food is simply amazing. Everything is beautifully plated and tastes delicious. I especially loved the cauliflower and one pot mushroom dish. The service was exceptional- everyone is super friendly, helpful and seems to actual enjoy their job. The ambiance is really stunning - inside or out. It's a little out of my budget, but totally worth it. They even gave me a little birthday treat when they realized I was celebrating
There has been so much hype around this restaurant, and I
There has been so much hype around this restaurant, and I can say that this lived up to all of that! I think if you are someone that doesn't like Indian fusion but still wants some variety to your typical Indian food, then you'll like this spot. We had quite a big group and were fortunate enough to then be able to order a variety of items off of the menu such as the Kerala fried chicken, Edamame Vada, Sesame Leaf, and Paneer Makhani - just to name a few. I'm vegetarian, so I did not try the Kerala fried chicken or any of the other meat dishes that our group ordered, but every member said such amazing things about them, especially the fried chicken! Out of all the dishes that I tried, I think the edamame vada was my favorite! It was such a unique take on something that I've eaten so often. I think every dish was packed with well balanced flavor alongside beautiful presentation. The paneer makhani was slightly sweeter than I was anticipating, but the paneer chunks itself was very good and well made. Overall, I highly recommend this place! The inside is beautifully decorated and the drinks are also delicious.
Nice fancy place with good decor and seating.
Friendly and courteous staff.We ordered Monkey Bun, Black Pepper Cauliflower, Brentwood corn kofta, Panner makhani, stuffed pepper gravy and some strawberry + kulfi combo dessert.When Michelin guide recommend this place, I had high hopes about unique India cuisine. Very disappointed as to why Michelin guide would even have this place on their list.Monkey bun was just bun with some shaving of what I thought was coconut and chilli sprinkled on top with egg plant sauce.Panner makhani, Brentwood corn gravy were just rich in butter and just ordinary. I have had much better gravy at other local restaurants. Sure they may have made it with locally sourced ingredients, organic, served and decorated plate. All this is moot point if the dish is just so so. Stuffed pepper and black pepper on the other hand were the better of all the dishes.The naan was thin and soft.Coconut rice was atrocious.Malabar parota was extremely flaky, can't even grab a gravy with it. I have had parota in kerala and this is not how it was.The dessert was pretty good, nice blend of kulfi and strawberry sorbet.I'd say they know how to cook plain rice because it was good.Overall I went there to see what the hype is about and ended up being disappointed.Will not recommend or go again.
Me and my wife try to go on a date night every week.
She told me about a place in Palo Alto that seemed to have a very nice ambiance. Arriving to this place seemed very much what I seen online. I made reservations and we were sat within 10 minutes which was nice! I expected the menu to be a little more than what it was, yet everything we ordered had great flavor! I think anywhere you are sat in this place is a nice table. I would only say that it is a hiking going down all the stairs to get to the bathroom. Overall it's a great place to take a date!
Most over-hyped restaurant we have been to in ages.
Food was blah and was not even hot when it came to the table. Such a disappointment.
Sergio provided wonderful service Service was friendly and
Sergio provided wonderful service Service was friendly and attentive. Food was good, but not worth the price for the portions! Decor is amazing. Great to dine at least once for the food experience.
We visited this place few weeks back during our San Francisco trip. Its a really nice Indian restaurant with very good ambience. The staff was very helpful and suggested different combinations for us to try. Being vegetarian, and with limited choices, that really helped us a lot. Food quality was excellent and the portion size was adequate. It is a bit pricier but definitely worth every penny. I would definitely recommend this place to try if you are in Palo Alto area. You will not be disappointed.
Online order - Got sttod up with a cancellation in the last minute
I ordered from this resturant on June 7th for a special ocassion. The resturant canceled my order 30 minute before pickup time. The excuse "They have a private party", the lkitchen is busy and can not deliver What a pathetic excuse and arrogance of telling a customer that another customer is preferred over you!. This is suppsed to be run by a Michelin star chef! Does Michelin star mean anything any more for customer satisfaction or it can also be bought like any other rating!
Went with the wife, booked a place 2 weeks prior. Seems that most of the seating is outside so bring a jacket. There's a few outdoor patio heaters so that was nice. Food was good, not amazing. We started with the Cast Iron “Monkey Buns” and the Ettan Salad, which was amazing, really good. Then we ordered the Chicken Biryani and the Sesame Leaf, which were also good dishes. Overall we've had a nice experience.
Definitely a memorable dining experience as the ambiance
Definitely a memorable dining experience as the ambiance was just incredible--the decor hanging from the ceiling and above the front door were so intricate. The service here also surpassed my expectations as they were quick to clear and change plates, the food arrived immediately, and they even took care to wipe down the table in between courses. Walk-in are hard to come by, especially for larger parties, so you'll probably want to make a reservation.We ordered:Monkey Buns (4/5):The bread buns were so much smaller than they appeared on photos but paired so well with the eggplant chutney and housemade butter. They personally aren't something I would consider a must-get because they remind me of brioche buns a sprinkle of seasoning.Tender Jack Vada Pav (5/5):This was probably my favorite dish of the night. I've never been a fan of jackfruit but this was so flavorful and surprisingly crunchy. The jalapeños added a nice kick and the roasted pepper gravy was just so delicious.Kerala Fried Chicken (4.5/5):I loved the subtle heat and how unique the breading was. It was kind of on the smaller side but paired well with the splash of raita. Chicken Biryani (4/5):This was pretty standard chicken biryani and frankly pretty overpriced, but at least it was up to par and had good flavor and a good amount of tender chicken meat.
I always leave 100% content and happy. Everytime I have guests from other state over, I never fail to take them to Ettan.
It was our 2nd time dining here and the food never
It was our 2nd time dining here and the food never disappoints! Both times our food were delicious and our servers were extremely nice and fast! Ambiance is also really nice even if we got outside seating. The reason why I'm only giving 4/5 is because we had issues getting seated for both times we visited. First time we were here, we checked in, had waited about 15 minutes, only to be asked by another staff if we had already checked in... and that's the only time they got us seated. Second time was faster, we were seated right away, but after about five minutes in our table, we were approached by a staff member and informed us that there was some mix up and asked us to move to a different (smaller) table. Not quite a deal breaker for me but I surely hope it doesn't happen again. All in all a good experience. I can't wait to come back!*Photos were from the 2 times we went
A place that's difficult to get a reservation, but once you
A place that's difficult to get a reservation, but once you do, oh the excitement. This place is nestled in a bright alley area in downtown Palo Alto, and the decor is as vibrant as the pictures seem. The food was excellent, especially the sesame leaves out of everything we ordered (in the pictures). We were still a bit full from lunch so we didn't order very much. Since we noted in our reservation that it was our anniversary we even got a cute chocolate cake with a candle. The bourbon Bartlett pear was the highlight of everything, with the cold ice cream and warm sugary soaked cake. Everything was very, very cute. One note is that the chutney sampler really only includes two chutneys (not as much of a sampler).
Unfortunately this place has taken a turn in quality of
Unfortunately this place has taken a turn in quality of service and customer interaction. The host and his helpers seem more interested in goofing off, joking, and not attending to customers waiting at all... where's the warm and professional greetings. Please and thank you and instruction and time estimate data?? The person who seemed to be the floor manager seemed okay with how his host employees were behaving as well and was even in on it showing the hosts something on his phone at one point before I finally walked up to check on our order after nearly an hour, to which I realized had I not done that I would've never been informed my order was already ready.Ordinarily this place is quite classy, superb decor, fabulous servers so our recent experience was quite a surprise to say the least. We were unable to get the online platform to work at all for over an hour in multiple devices as reservations are strongly recommended from past experience and even on their website.. but we really wanted to round out a very long day with a great meal so decided after a long drive back home to pop by one of our formerly favorite places... figuring we could at the very least order to go. We walked up shortly after 7p asked if we could have a table for 2 nothing available until 930p.. okay can we order to go instead. We were handed a regular menu and a paper menu... apparently you're only supposed to use the paper menu.. check boxes, name and phone number and use the regular hardcover menu so you have something to write on, but the host couldn't be bothered to tell us that. Ordered and paid by 730p and then waited on the benches right in front of the entrance in clear line of sight to the host stand, we were both clearly visible to the host stand and the 2+ other employees that kept circling the area to goof and giggle with the host.Also not all items are available to go, like the monkey bread supposedly because it comes out on a cast iron skillet display etc. However if you order it to your table and immediately ask for a to go box to package you can the get around this issue. Not sure why its made to be so complicated for patrons.. but it definitely can be done.We waited for nearly an hour for our to go food and weren't offered even a water or anything. After 50mts, I walked up and asked how much longer since we were clearly the only to go order and only ones waiting and sitting in plain view. There were 4 employees just chatting around the host stand (and plenty of open tables for 2 I might add by that time.. so they could definitely do a better job of turning tables if they were actually paying attention and making their rounds in a timely fashion)...After I asked, we were handed our food which had already been ready and we were never even notified. Not even a text or anything since a mobile number was also written on the to go order form... plus we were clearly waiting and visible. Our food was cold and clearly there is plenty of room for opportunity and improvement.Food flavor was strong and spicy. Not worth ordering to go or for delivery at all. Seems to be smaller portions and you lose bang for your buck even with the price differences. Very unfortunate. I hope they get working pens too, since I was handed two that didn't work so I'm assuming they didn't even toss the pen I said wasn't working the first time.Please get it together. My guest I was treating to this dinner as a first time diner at this restaurant was also not impressed with everything that transpired. Service industry, let's make service a focus.
Great ambiance, very good food, and a superb experience.
The decoration in the restaurant takes you to a different place, along with the food, but get ready to splurge and empty your pocketbook!
The food and drinks are (hella) fantastic but honestly
The food and drinks are (hella) fantastic but honestly Sergio made our night. From here on out we will be sitting at the bar.
I love me some Indian food.
I love me some Ettan. What a gorgeous restaurant with great food and service. You're almost transported to Morocco with the decor. If you know Indian food, you know it can get spicy. Most of Ettan's dishes are on the spicier side, but I love spice so I don't mind it one bit. Here are my recommendations:- Sesame leaf chaat: it has the perfect crunch that *leaves* you wanting more. Did you get that pun?!- Ettan wings: I love wings, so it's natural that I love these. They're spicy though! The yogurt pairs really well and helps to offset the kick a bit. - Seared scallops: perfectly cooked and so succulent. A must try. Disappointed their passion fruit dessert was sold out so I couldn't try it. I also came here when I was doing dry February, so I didn't get to try any of the cocktails. Looks like I'll need to come back soon!
A little late in writing this review.
That blue door that changed the Indian fine dining scene in the area. Had been trying to get a reservation for a while, finally got lunch reservation on a sunday. Chef Srijith Gopinathan brings his magic that has excelled his Campton Place restaurant to a 2 Michelin star icon in the area. They do not have the full menu available for lunch, but whatever limited options available for lunch, were absolutely amazing. From edmame vada to cheese kulcha to chocolate puck - everything tasted delicious. Coming back soon for dinner.
Went there for my Bday party with my gfs.
Great ambience and amazing service . Our server was John and he was beyond amazing .. he hosted us very very well . I would go back just for the ambience and service . The food was ok ! Not bad .. not the best either ..