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Royal Indian - not quite

Saw buffet station set up but not in action so cannot comment.

Jun 11, 2012
McEwans_Exported in Austin

Royal Indian - not quite

Quality of food / ingredients was very acceptable and good care taken over presentation - just not out and out Friday night curry!

Jun 11, 2012
McEwans_Exported in Austin

parkside - meh?

Nope - I had the marrow bones and they were not prepared as I would have expected or enjoyed. They were cut across the bone instead of along it meaning only the very end was caramelised as opposed to along the full length rendering the inside bit more like bland egg whites..oh, and that was having waited for around 90mins or so when there were only us 4 plus a couple of other tables on a mid week night.

May 30, 2012
McEwans_Exported in Austin

Royal Indian - not quite

Not your usual Indian affair. In fact, the food took me on a mini world tour with stops in Thailand, Burma, China, Greece and eventually India but only by way of the naan.

What this translates to is dissapointment if you are actually wanting good Indian food. OK, there were overtones of Goa in the form of coconut and basic spices, but the pervasive flavours were not what you would call Indian food.

With Tarka just round the corner in Brodie and the relatively new Pakwan on William Cannon, I don't see this place lasting too long.

To be fair, the quality of the ingredients and care of presentation were very decent but it just was not Indian. Pakwan range of menu is limited, service is awkward and a bit pricey, but they have some decently Indian dishes and we all know Tarka is a go-to place for a quick fix.

Seemed like cheery chappies running the place (maybe that is why the music was techno-dance), but missed the mark in my opinion.

Fingers crossed things get better.

May 30, 2012
McEwans_Exported in Austin

Gordon's Bringing Kitchen Nightmares To Austin: Here's Who Needs His Help

I'd recommend staying clear of Boomerangs. Pies are not very good (gressy pastry, rip off filling portion sizes). Also the flavours are kind of strange - wanted a meat pie, got some over herbed protien and veg combo - hardly a meat pie!

It pains me to say this as meat pies in Austin are a hard to come by, but this mob are not the real deal by any stretch of the imagination.

Aug 28, 2011
McEwans_Exported in Austin

Best Pizza in Austin?

Have to disagree on Mangieri's.

I was not impressed. The pizzas bases were dry not at all authentic Italian.

Sauce was over herbed and too sweet, again, not authentic.

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon complaint when ot comes to pizza in Austin.

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Mangieri's Pizza Cafe
5900 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749

Jan 28, 2010
McEwans_Exported in Austin

Need A rec. for South Austin

Do you mean Verona as in the one at the Y?

If so I was pleasantly surprised to find the flavours were pretty decent relative to what I consider European standards and the pasta was fresh and suitably portioned. All too often other local Italian establishments over herb and over sweeten their sauces and the pasta is out of box. However, the mussels were a rip off!

3 out of the 4 in the party all had the mussels and at $9.50 a go what arrived at the table looked promising in terms of number of shells and amount of broth / sauce. Reality was more than 75% of the shells were empty and the others had the smallest mussels I have every encountered. They were smaller than baby clams!

The service was somewhat amatuerish. Friendly but lacked common sense. For example, for the mussels did not come with a plate for the empty shells (no joke intended as most of the shells were already empty) and when asked for one, only one plate arrived leaving the 3 of us to pass it around to collect our empties.

It was evident that the chef was making clever use of his ingredients to extract maximum return on their cost but without sacrificing taste. The mussel experience aside, this is not necessarily a negative comment in terms of runing a business. Examples of this skill were found in the past dishes where the cheaper ingedients such as the pasta itself and the vegetable part of the sauce made up most of the plate. As a customer I was not too bothered by this as the flavour and texture of the pasta was very good as was the sauce. However, when thinking about value for money in terms of ordering a meat sauce, I did feel a bit short changed as far as actual meat content was concerned.

I am glad there is a decent Italian at the Y but do worry about its longevity. We were there on a Saturday night and there were only 3 other, small, parties. If the chef is already getting creative on his costs, things may not be looking too good for them. The location is not the best to catch passing traffic. Maybe with the new Alamo opening up on Slaughter a unit up there would serve them better.

Jan 04, 2010
McEwans_Exported in Austin