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ORIGIN INDIA ******    LOCATION: LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.originindiarestaurant.com/ This restaurant offers cuisine that is inspired by the rich tradition of Indian flavors and spices, but with a little more of a modern twist. The venue itself is decorated in a conservative style, with solid dark furniture and large, padded chairs. The dominating colors (chocolate brown and caramel) make you feel like you are inside a cocoa based dessert and create a rather subdued atmosphere. The whole interior can be described as simple yet elegant, certainly nothing flashy or daring. The lights are very pleasing to the eye, they are designed in the shape of candles (you also have small ones on the tables), but the ambience would have certainly been a lot nicer if they had foregone the really bright overhead lights in the ceiling. The restaurant also features a full, very attractively presented bar, where they will prepare you a signature cocktail or pour you a nice glass of wine. But unless Indian people like skimpily decorated rooms with a lot of massive furniture and grumpy servers in them, I did not actually feel much of an Indian vibe there at all. On the other hand I have never been to this enchanting country and my image of it is heavily derived from photographs or movies (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Slumdog Millionaire” or “The Far Pavilions” come to mind). However, if you are a Bollywood fan expecting an ethnic restaurant to be an explosion of saturated colors and invigorating native tunes accompanied by some happy, care-free dancing in bedazzled saris, then this establishment will most likely not satisfy your cultural cravings, as it is more on the gloomy and demure side. No music of any kind and certainly not the type of aura that would inspire one to jump on the table and start shaking it Indian- style. Unless you want to be escorted out by a disgruntled, indignant waiter. To sum up: definitely not a fun or romantic restaurant to linger in, more of an “eat and be on your way” kind of place. We found the food itself very appealing, although at first we experienced a slight disappointment in the fact that they did not offer any traditional curries. But we still managed to find something for ourselves on the menu. I ordered the Vegetable Samosa (crispy on the outside, spicy on the inside) and Lamb Nihari (a kind of a delicious, well seasoned lamb stew). Even the bread we got for the table (Onion Kulcha) was incredibly good, a combination of delicate taste and rich texture. However, when you consider that they charge you about $10 for an appetizer and between $20-$30 for the main course, it seems a bit outrageous that you still have to pay extra for any sides. Nothing was included, not even the bread or the rice. I personally despise this kind of business model: charging guests $5 for a small bowl of rice is not a particularly refined or welcoming way to win their graces, at least not in my book. The most astonishing and sad aspect about this whole experience was the service. I mean bad does not even begin to describe it! Our server was not interested in us at all: he went through the motions without even a spark of involvement or enthusiasm. We almost felt guilty for actually reducing him to such a mundane task as waiting on us, so vivid was his disdain and displeasure about being expected to do that. After he took our initial order he was virtually impossible to track down again, as he busied himself with everything and anything, as long as it wasn’t even remotely connected to helping the patrons. So flagging him down once proved to be quite a challenge and took a considerable effort on both our parts. But imagine: to do it three times? That’s on how many different occasions I had to call him over to ask him for a refill of my water glass until he finally obliged! That guy was indeed very lucky that my date is a very generous and classy man, because I personally would have tipped him $5. And that’s $5 more than he deserved! Don’t you just wish in such instances that time travel was possible, so the waiter could go back in time and experience the doubtful pleasure of being served by himself? If anything, he would probably be screaming for the manager, demanding his other dimension self to be fired on the spot! My conclusion: even though the food met with our full approval, I would still not go back there again. We did not really perceive the atmosphere as very inviting and as far as the service is concerned, the expressions “terrible”, “shameless” and “waiter nightmare” definitely come to mind.
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ORIGIN INDIA ******    LOCATION: LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.originindiarestaurant.com/ This restaurant offers cuisine that is inspired by the rich tradition of Indian flavors and spices, but with a little more of a modern twist. The venue itself is decorated in a conservative style, with solid dark furniture and large, padded chairs. The dominating colors (chocolate brown and caramel) make you feel like you are inside a cocoa based dessert and create a rather subdued atmosphere. The whole interior can be described as simple yet elegant, certainly nothing flashy or daring. The lights are very pleasing to the eye, they are designed in the shape of candles (you also have small ones on the tables), but the ambience would have certainly been a lot nicer if they had foregone the really bright overhead lights in the ceiling. The restaurant also features a full, very attractively presented bar, where they will prepare you a signature cocktail or pour you a nice glass of wine. But unless Indian people like skimpily decorated rooms with a lot of massive furniture and grumpy servers in them, I did not actually feel much of an Indian vibe there at all. On the other hand I have never been to this enchanting country and my image of it is heavily derived from photographs or movies (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Slumdog Millionaire” or “The Far Pavilions” come to mind). However, if you are a Bollywood fan expecting an ethnic restaurant to be an explosion of saturated colors and invigorating native tunes accompanied by some happy, care-free dancing in bedazzled saris, then this establishment will most likely not satisfy your cultural cravings, as it is more on the gloomy and demure side. No music of any kind and certainly not the type of aura that would inspire one to jump on the table and start shaking it Indian-style. Unless you want to be escorted out by a disgruntled, indignant waiter. To sum up: definitely not a fun or romantic restaurant to linger in, more of an “eat and be on your way” kind of place. We found the food itself very appealing, although at first we experienced a slight disappointment in the fact that they did not offer any traditional curries. But we still managed to find something for ourselves on the menu. I ordered the Vegetable Samosa (crispy on the outside, spicy on the inside) and Lamb Nihari (a kind of a delicious, well seasoned lamb stew). Even the bread we got for the table (Onion Kulcha) was incredibly good, a combination of delicate taste and rich texture. However, when you consider that they charge you about $10 for an appetizer and between $20-$30 for the main course, it seems a bit outrageous that you still have to pay extra for any sides. Nothing was included, not even the bread or the rice. I personally despise this kind of business model: charging guests $5 for a small bowl of rice is not a particularly refined or welcoming way to win their graces, at least not in my book. The most astonishing and sad aspect about this whole experience was the service. I mean bad does not even begin to describe it! Our server was not interested in us at all: he went through the motions without even a spark of involvement or enthusiasm. We almost felt guilty for actually reducing him to such a mundane task as waiting on us, so vivid was his disdain and displeasure about being expected to do that. After he took our initial order he was virtually impossible to track down again, as he busied himself with everything and anything, as long as it wasn’t even remotely connected to helping the patrons. So flagging him down once proved to be quite a challenge and took a considerable effort on both our parts. But imagine: to do it three times? That’s on how many different occasions I had to call him over to ask him for a refill of my water glass until he finally obliged! That guy was indeed very lucky that my date is a very generous and classy man, because I personally would have tipped him $5. And that’s $5 more than he deserved! Don’t you just wish in such instances that time travel was possible, so the waiter could go back in time and experience the doubtful pleasure of being served by himself? If anything, he would probably be screaming for the manager, demanding his other dimension self to be fired on the spot! My conclusion: even though the food met with our full approval, I would still not go back there again. We did not really perceive the atmosphere as very inviting and as far as the service is concerned, the expressions “terrible”, “shameless” and “waiter nightmare” definitely come to mind.
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