Despite many shortcomings, this remains the most popular Indian restaurant in the city. It fills up every night with locals and expats looking for some spice. Chefs create tasty vindaloos and curries in full view. Consider sharing the tandoori or Indian sampling platter for two; then indulge in creamy and milky desserts. The food is consistently good, but pricey by local standards. The waitstaff is always arrogant and one step behind, and the ambience is a bit dreary.
And yet—reservations are recommended.
Feb 29, 2004
According to one of the waiters at Katmandu, there are only 25 Indians living in Buenos Aires. That may be patently false, but there's something funny about it anyway. Argentines don't have the palate for spicy food, and international cuisine (other than Italian) is both hard to come by and considered extremely exotic. The vast majority of Porteños have never tasted a curry in their lives, and find the whole thing rather shocking and, in many cases,
impossible to eat. As an Indian restaurant, Katmandu is about as good as anything you'll find on 6th Street in New York. Nothing special, but if all you've had for the last month is asado, and the "spicy" empanadas aren't doing it for you, it's well worth treating yourself to something with a punch. The prices are comparable with the restaurant's North American counterparts, so don't expect to get away for less than 60 pesos on two dishes, naan, basmati rice and beer. Speaking of beer, the restaurant has discontinued serving Flying Horse and other Indian brands, due to the current exchange rate of the Argentine Peso. You'll have to settle for Quilmes. The wine list is common for BsAs, mostly decent local wines, but you can't drink wine with Vindaloo anyhow. The waiters go out of their way to ask how spicy you want your dishes, and with good reason. I suspect this restaurant got a poor rating because Argentines don't understand what the cuisine is all about. Definite 7.5 out of 10 on the scale of Indian restaurants worldwide, Gaylord's being 10.