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Posted by rain74 on 07/13/2011
The decor is very nice, but the food is not so great. We had the 5 course seafood tasting menu, and the fish was bland, the lobster was undercooked and the soup was extremely spicy. When they serve the soup, they should also provide naan to offset the hotness. We had ordered naan separately but they didn't serve it until we asked. Several of the dishes were spicy, which I thought was not a good reflection of a tasting menu since it should have a variety of flavors. Hostess was rather haughty too. Too much hype, not enough substance.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/30/2011
I noticed some of the negative reviews in here and thats quite disapointing. While I agree its a bit pricey and they could spend some time developing the food, I definitely enjoyed myself there. The big winner here was service 100%. Our waittress, this adorable girl from Belarus knew every dish like she had created it herself. They were helfpul and let us stay there for over 2 hours but often asked us if we needed anything without being annoying. The service made you feel at ease and like you were literally about to have a "dining experience." The restaurant is GORGEOUS. The flowers in the pond on the first floor and the waterfall. Really really pretty. I think the prices were definitely worth the service, decor, atmosphere, and experience. Only the food could be better developed. The spices were very strong but I hesitate in saying that its because they dont know how to cook it bc i dont know authentic Indian food. She made her recommendations and I wasn't the person choosing the food so I dont know if I'd picked something else, if I would have enjoyed it more. All in all, very nice.
Posted by Christine on 03/21/2011
Go elsewhere! My husband & I went thinking it sounded like an interesting menu. We ordered the scallop appetizer and which was mediocre. I ordered the tandoori skirt steak and asked for no churrasco in the side. I had a very hard time cutting the steak as it was very tough and also got churrasco. My husband ordered the NY strip and it was full of grissle and he ate about half. We each had a glass of wine and the bill was over $100.00. We could not get out of there fast enough.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/11/2010
The food was just not good quality. I got a chicken dish and while the flavor was good (but not any better than your average, much less expensive, take out indian place) the actually chicken in it was fatty, chewy, and of very poor quality. My boyfriend's steak was just not a good cut of meat either and it was overpowered by the sauce. Additionally, the drinks that we ordered before anything else did not arrive until after the appetizer.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2010
The flavor profiles were a bit off. several of the dishes we tried had over powering or underpowered seasonings, which respectively detracted from the dish's main ingredients or didn't allow the dish's flavors to shine. Friday evening 8 pm. place was EMPTY. Nice that there was a lot of room for my party to enjoy. But it's empty for a reason. Not worth the price of admission. At least not in NYC, when you have so many options...
Posted by Phil on 09/13/2010
I was at Vermillion on Sunday night with a group of people, which included several Indians. We all loved the food, though I would have preferred more bite and spice in the Duck Vindaloo and some of the other dishes which were listed as spicy. However I do like spicy food, and growing up in the UK, have become used to hot Indian food there. We tried most of the appetizers, 3 of the Kebabs, and all of the breads. We also had many of the main courses and two of the deserts. All of the dishes got great reviews, though each of us had our favorites. They have a nice mix of spices which never overwhelms the flavor of the dish. The cocktail menu has some very interesting drinks (the Mango Mohito is great - a real stealth drink, as you don't notice the alcohol). The only thing that I was surprised at was the lack of people, however I guess if they've been looking at the other reviews here, perhaps they were put off going. If you are looking for some interesting Indian fusion food, give Vermillion a try. If your tastes are like mine, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by LM on 07/23/2010
Went for a birthday celebration of a friend, since she really wanted to try this place out. As we all walked in, I hung back from the rest of the group, and told the hostess who was seating us that I had a cake with me which was to be a surprise for the birthday girl, and asked if they could keep it in the kitchen and bring out at the end of the meal. Precisely 2 minutes after we all sit down, our waitress arrives at the table with the cake box in her hand, and announces to the whole table - "what am I supposed to do with this cake?" I could scarcelybelieve her - for such a fancy place with a ridiculous price tag on everything, don't they get taught the basic etiquette in waitressing??? Ridiculous! And after that they charged us a $20 plating fee for that cake.....really they did!! The food was not bad - but nothing extraordinary either, so not worth the price tag! And I agree with the previous reviewer about the coconut rice - the menu said its "a delicacy prepared tableside" - they forgot to mention you have to prepare it yourself! Honest advice - please skip this restaurant and go elsewhere. If you like Indian fusion, try Tabla or for good Indian food go to Devi/ Amma - at least the food and service make the visit (and cost) worthwhile!