Da India Curry House is the best Indian restaurant in Regina. I don’t photograph it often because the dishes generally look like hot bowls of slop, but Indian food is a real favourite of mine. It’s very communal food, meant for sharing and mashing all together on your plate. Savoury, spicy and warm, it’s also perfect for rainy days and hangovers. Today has both in spades.
Normally my lovely wife and I like to order it in, but the dining room itself is clean and bright, and features weirdo Bollywood musicals blaring from the TV to truly authenticate the experience. There is a lush evening buffet that is fresh and consistent, but I have a couple favourites from the menu that I can’t go without:
Lamb Madras, a “south Indian delicacy.” The stewed meat is surprisingly tender and really tastes like lamb. Often in Indian restaurants the stewed lamb is indistinguishable from tough, poorly prepared beef, which is a great disservice to this holiest of all dead animals. The tomato-based “gravy” is thick and rich, with perfect spice and spruced up by a few beautiful spears of fresh ginger.
Chicken Korma. I think this is one of the best dishes to be found in the whole city, and is the restaurant’s finest example of what makes Indian cuisine such a perfect balance of flavours: it’s spicy, creamy, and savoury, and punctuated by raisins for sweetness and cashews for crunch. To say I recommend it would be a gross understatement - I absolutely crave it.