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New Indian Restaurant: Namaste Kingston


Fact: I'm Indian (unless that wasn't obvious already) and I'm a first-generation Canadian.

So when I found out there was going to be a new Indian restaurant in town, I was excited. I put a call out on Twitter to my foodie friends for lunch and well one thing lead to another. But why was I uber excited? Well having lived in Kingston for more than ten years now, I honestly haven't found an Indian restaurant that fits my taste buds. Sounds odd I know but when it comes to Indian food, it isn't a one size fits all.  With different regions and cultures, comes different flavours.

Kingston from my experience has focused on predominantly a mix of Northern and Eastern Indian cuisine, which leaves Southern Indian food largely (and sadly) unexplored by the majority. Thankfully Namaste Kingston, a new restaurant that opened it's doors on Ontario Street right by Confederation Park this weekend offers a blend of both worlds with Chef Kumar presiding over the kitchen. It is a mix of fine dining and a casual sit down spot, where the menu takes you on a journey of India through vibrant flavour profiles with dishes like dosa (rice crepe), biryani (mixed rice dish), paneer (soft cheese), thali, curries and of course Indian desserts such as gulab jamun. 

NAMASTE

"A respectful and customary Hindu greeting. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest."

Let's finally chat about the food! Our table ordered a variety of dishes and the overall consensus was unanimous - delicious and flavourful. As we started our journey to food coma with hot towels and lemon water, complimentary papadum was served at the beginning. We dove right in. A few of us ordered refreshing glasses of mango lassi and as we perused anxiously trying to figure out what we wanted, my decision was quite easy. I had been craving a rich and creamy (not sweet! as most other Kingston restaurants serve) butter chicken with fresh naan and it surpassed my expectations. From the chunks of tender chicken in a thick savoury gravy perfect for dipping into with the naan that was crispy yet a bit flaky on the outside and soft on the inside.

As a restaurant that just opened, they certainly had every detail covered. The look and feel of the space was amazing, the servers wore traditional black saris lined with gold trim which were a very nice touch, they had takeout menus ready and even had their social channels up and running. Overall, thumbs up on Namaste Kingston. It is definitely a must-visit and I'll be returning very soon with a few other foodie friends to sample more items on their menu. If this is your first time trying an Indian restaurant, I'd recommend getting a thali (bento box style) to sample different items on their menu and perfect for sharing if you're looking to get more dishes or starters.

Click here for their menu.

Scroll down to have a peek at what I enjoyed with my foodie friends:

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Ontario

MANGO LASSI

Sweet, creamy, and rich mango lassi, with mango, milk, yogurt, sugar and a touch of cardamom.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Mango Lassi

CRAB & LOBSTER TIKKI CAKES

The chef's creation with Atlantic crab & lobster claw topped with shrimp.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Ontario

OLD DELHI BUTTER CHICKEN

Tandoori baked chicken chunks cooked in a creamy tomato gravy.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Butter Chicken

NAAN

Self-raising flour mixed with butter, milk, salt, and sugar baked in a tandoori oven.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Naan

LAMB BIRYANI

The crown jewel of Indian cuisine, prepared with layers of fluffy basmati rice, marinated lamb meat, browned onions, cilantro, mint, yogurt, saffron, ghee and spices.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Biryani

BEEF KOFTA CURRY

Deep-fried meat ball simmered in a creamy rich, onion, tomato-based gravy with ginger and cashews along with freshly roasted aromatic spices.

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Ontario

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Ontario

Namaste Kingston - New Indian Restaurant - Ontario

Where: 178 Ontario Street Kingston, ON
Rosalyn Gambhir
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