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Over the last couple of months, I've dined at several local Indian places. Until today, I've been less than impressed. Service was good. The staff was attentive and kept coming back to check on us even though the place was moderately busy. This is a HUGE difference from other Indian places. The food was outstanding. You can smell the difference as soon as the plate comes near the table and the presentation is by far the best I've seen yet. I ordered Chicken Naan and it was delightful - from start to finish. The meal came with a delicious soup. This is followed up with the main dish. Mine had chicken, rice, naan bread, and a small salad on the plate. The naan bread was so good, it's hard to describe. Soft and warm, you could tell it was freshly made (not made yesterday and cut into chunks and served cold). The rice was also fresh. They serve three bowls with various sauces: one for the naan bread (which I didn't care for), another for your salad, and the third for your chicken and rice. It was really very good. My biggest complaint was the lighting. I couldn't read the menu without using my phone as a flashlight. They do have lighting but it's like 10w bulbs sparsely populated around the edge of the room. Sadly, our table was in a particularly dark corner away from the windows. Turn on the lights, please!!! The price was right, too: $12 for lunch and I couldn't eat everything. « Read less
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Fast, courteous. No B.S.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
This is not my favorite Omaha Indian Restaurant. The place did not appear to be very clean. It had a very shabby overall appearance that was not particularly inviting. The staff was not flat out discourteous but they also didn't seem to care that we were there, either. There was no "how was your meal" or "come back again". Everything is served on styrofoam and you eat with plastic utensils. I guess that's okay but generally when I eat off disposable plates I'm not paying $11 for lunch. But, hey, it is "Xpress", right? If you want water, you can either buy a bottle or get some out of a room temperature water dispenser (and drink it out of a tiny foam cup). No ice was offered. I had the Chicken Tikka Masala served with rice and something on the side. The food was hot but unappealing. The sauce had an unpleasant texture, it was almost pasty. They do give you a lot of sauce but aren't that generous with the chicken. If you want more rice you have to pay extra. Personally, I was surprised to see so many 4 start reviews here and that's one of the reasons I agreed to go. This place does not compare to other locations like Southern Spice (just up the road) or The Taj. Hopefully, this was a one off experience. I don't believe I'm interested in trying again though.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I used to eat at Tokyo Kitchen twice a week for about 6 years. But one night not long ago I ordered shrimp tempura and I got severely sick. I called the restaurant and they basically blew me off. I was pretty unhappy with their lack of interest in my complaint. When I called the health department to report my illness they pointed me to their web site that lists the results of their inspections. All they would tell me is that this place consistently has the absolute lowest possible scores on their inspections. I haven't been back since. Their prices are a little higher than what you might expect for a 'fast food' type situation. They don't take orders at the table --- you queue up in line at the counter and pick-up your food when it's ready (they do occasionally deliver to the table). The employees/owners are friendly and service is usually quite good. So I wish I could bring myself to go back but I probably won't.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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My son and I stumbled upon Southern Spice a few months ago (It's located in the same spot as our former favorite Filipino restaurant, which we miss considerably). We took in the lunch buffet on a Saturday and while we enjoyed the food the price was considerably more expensive than I would normally pay. I understand there is a premium lunch buffet price Friday through Sunday. I returned a few days later with a co-worker and we were both happy with the quality of the service, food, and the pleasant atmosphere. The spice at "Southern Spice" is just about at the perfect level for me. We returned a couple days later for the lunch buffet and were terribly dissapointed. While the service and environment are always good the actual availability of food on the buffet is not. We went back one more time and had the exact same experience. We waited for long periods of time for more chicken to be brought out but each time there was only a small amount of chicken dumped into the delicious spicy sauce each time. If two people were in line ahead of you, you just didn't get any. After our first excellent visit, we recommended the place to other co-workers. They went a few days later and ended up having the "no food" on the buffet experience. We took this place off our list of lunch spots even though the food tastes great. So, yesterday, someone pointed out a 'half price' special coupon on the Omaha World hearld (online). For $6.25 you could get the lunch buffet. Foolishly, we bought the coupons and went for lunch one last time. The place was fairly busy but not packed. Again, we went to the buffet but they had no chicken in the 'chicken tiki masala'. They also had no rice and only a couple pieces of 'naan' bread. I tried small portions of some of the other stuff but I waited for chicken, rice and naan. Eventually some came out. But 4 people were ahead of me and by the time I got to the chicken there was, again, nothing but sauce. I got a tiny scoop of rice and a small slice of naan. My table-mates were not as lucky. Eventually, we all got some of what we wanted but it took quite some time. This place would be AWESOME if they actually had food on the buffet in sufficient quantities. The place is extremely clean and well kept. The staff checks with you repeatedly and makes sure you have drink refills. And the price isn't horrible -- about comparable with other Indian restaurants in the area. It's almost as if they choose to keep the flow of chicken slow to prevent people from taking too much? I don't know, I can't figure it out myself. But after several visits I'm ready to call it quits. It's just not worth the aggravation. Food is great: 5/5 Price is good: 4/5 Service is nice: 4/5 Atmosphere is good: 4/5 Availability of food: 1/5
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
I stopped in there a couple weekends ago because I saw online that they sell koi. My son and I visited on a Saturday when they were having some kind of party with special sales and give-a-ways. There were a lot of people there who I assumed were employees. But I wouldn't really know because none of them would talk to me or even make eye contact. The closest I came to getting some service was when a guy bumped by me on his way to refill his red solo cup with beer. They seemed more concerned with being able to figure out how to tag each other in photos they were putting on facebook. I got the feeling that unless you were a regular customer who spends a lot of money there you might as well have been invisible. Later that day, I sent them a message on facebook describing my experience and they never replied. I wouldn't go back there now if they were giving fish away. Which is sad because they seem to have a nice store with a large variety of fish.
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Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I used to enjoy eating at China Bistro but that was about 3 years ago. I don't know what happened but the quality of food just isn't what it used to be. The pricing isn't too bad but it's a little high compared to a couple other places in the area. It really annoys me that if you dine in you can get soup for free but if you order take out it's "no soup for you" (* they may have quit giving out free soup since I last ate there). Also, don't expect a free fortune cookie or a free soda refill. Finally, they really, really need to do something about the men's room. It's disgusting. I don't know if it's clean or not because I generally can't stand to go into it, it smells and just looks nasty. I remember when they first opened and I was excited about having a decent Chinese place in the neighborhood. I just wish they could go back to how they used to be.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago