Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Namaste India

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Rajendra Singh of Namaste India, 10023 107 Avenue.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant.

Not many people know that we serve Indian meals in Chinatown. We also cater to halal and vegetarian customers.

How long has the restaurant been open? 

We opened the first Namaste India in the west end in 2015. This location opened in October 2017.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We serve Indian favourites. Our most popular dish is butter chicken, but [I would also recommend] chicken lababdar, cooked in an onion and bell pepper-based sauce.

What makes your restaurant special? 

Our buffet is very popular – we offer twelve hot dishes plus salad and dessert. We usually have a different fish and vegetarian special, too. Most of our buffet items are gluten-free, and we have vegan items as well.

We are one of just a few Indian restaurants that serve chicken malai tikka, a mild, creamy dish cooked in the tandoor oven. Our mango prawns sauteed in a mango sauce are also special.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

I think people should know more about Chinatown – the area has a bad reputation.

Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown? 

My main hope is that the area becomes busier and more crowded.

Namaste India will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.