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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!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/03/2010
I saw a review of this restaurant on NY1 so I was very interested in going as per their review. I have to say that I was so very disappointed. One look at their menu and I was very impressed since I love both Indian & Latin food. Please don't believe the hype. For instance, I am a big fan of coconut rice. When the rice arrived it was plain rice that you have to pour the coconut milk on yourself. WHAT? In order for it to qualify as coconut rice, I always thought it was supposed to be cooked in the coconut milk. The same with the Lobster, it looked good on the menu, but it was bland! I order the Chai Tea, and they gave me a regular Lipton tea bag with Indian spices at the bottom...this totally shocked me for the price. Lipton makes a better Chai Tea then here and I could have gotten two boxes (24 tea bags) for less than I paid for this sub par tea. Honestly, the best part of this meal was the doughnuts. We were VERY VERY VERY disappointed. They might of had a good thing going had they not tried to be so fancy with it....but they TOTALLY missed their mark! I didn't even tell you the price for 3 people....drum roll please....$220. Granted my GFs did have 4 Sangria for the price of $40. The price wouldn't have bother me much had the food been tasted! Do yourself a favor....SKIP THIS RESTAURANT!
Posted by anonymous on 05/22/2010
We very much looked forward to a celebration dinner at this restaurant. Our son had eaten there several times and couldn't wait for us to try it. Very overpriced, the waiter liked to hear himself talk, the servings were tasty for the most part, but meager, and a dish my son had had before, we both ordered and found it way too spicy. Halfway through the meal, when brought to the waiter's attention, he brought some raita (yogurt sauce--common in Indian restaurants) to temper the extreme spice. It helped, but should have been brought out as an accompanimen to the entree. For two little (about 1/4 cup) servings, the charge was $12.00. When this was brought to the waiter's attention at being basically a rip off (in much nicer language) he got defensive and said it was "hand-made"--it was yogurt mixed with cilantro, about 25 cents worth!! Anyway, he made no effort to take the charge off the already ridiculously high bill. He made no effort to talk to a superior. It was a skimpy, overpriced, over spiced meal served by a pompous waiter where every effort is made to gouge the customer. If you are looking for good Indian or Spanish food, this is NOT the place to go!
Posted by Lori on 12/06/2009
Friends recommended we meet here for dinner and it was great. Fish was very tasty, vegetables were nicely cooked. Some things were spicy and that was a treat. I don't like meat but I decided I would try a taste of the lamb and it was not bad. If you like fusion food you will love this place. Service was good.
Posted by anonymous on 11/16/2009
Went last night with a group that included wine snobs and foodies and people knowledgable about Indian food. Everything was amazing. From the beautiful space (that was, sadly, practically empty on a sunday evening) to the attentive servers, to the inventive cocktails (I'm usually a straight vodka or red-wine-only girl, but I tried a cocktail with fresh pear and lime juice, vodka, and fresh jalapenos as well as a tamarind margarita -- both were fabulous), to the excellent wine list was perfect. But we could not get over the FOOD. We ordered several small plates for the table including the pani puri (yum); a "duo" plate with a chana dish and an amazing ceviche with pomegranate and chili peppers; blue corn crusted scallops with a this absurdly delicious goat cheese-based sauce; wonderful artichoke pakoras; and fiery duck vindaloo arepas Each one was better than the last. Not just the flavors -- which were complex and surprising -- but the presentation and the details; the sauces and garnishes were fantastic. And then the main courses! We tried the lamb shank, which was HUGE and melt-in-your-mouth yum (wonderfully spiced); the thali (which was excellent and abundant); wonderful crab konkani (with the best papad I have ever tasted -- even in India); etc. etc. And then there was dessert! each one was truly unbelievable (chocolate cake with chili and blueberry cardamom sorbet? pumpkin bread pudding? coconut cardamom saffron cream? wow!) Everything was just excellent. I am rarely moved to submit a review. But here I am being selfish. It's a huge space, and I want it filled consistently enough to ensure that this place will last -- so I can go back again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2009
New Indian restaurant in mid-town West? Couldn't wait to try it. What a disappointment. The bread was like leather. The vegetables were - don't know what they were but was not Indian. Horribly over-priced, mediocre service. Good place to avoid. At lunch there were many open tables so I guess canny New Yorkers are avoiding it in droves.