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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Indian Resturants in Seattle

Posted by on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Economic Times:

MUMBAI: Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, is doing something that no domestic or multinational company has done before - hire software engineers from India for positions based in the United States.

Typically, global firms such as IBM and GE hire in India for positions here and send some of these recruits abroad for specific projects. However, Facebook's open invitation in a newspaper advertisement last week seeking applicants "to work in the US" is being regarded as a first.

"It is unusual and I haven't seen anything like this," said Sharad Sharma, the chair of industry body Nasscom's software product forum. The advertisement in The Times of India pointed applicants to an online coding challenge for 86 open positions in software engineering in Chicago, Dublin (Ireland), New York and Seattle.

Does this mean we will finally get decent Indian restaurants in Seattle? All of us here are tired of traveling to Vancouver to find the really good stuff.


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Wow! Indian software engineers right here in Seattle?? It is totally and completely unprecedented!!
Posted by chanster on March 28, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
annapurna cafe, motherfucker!
Posted by lovethatshiz on March 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM · Report this
Puty 3
Mmmmmm papadums
Posted by Puty on March 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM · Report this
One has to travel to Richmond and Vancouver to find the really good Chinese food as well.

Posted by The 21st century belongs to Canada. on March 28, 2012 at 8:24 AM · Report this
ryanayr 5
@2 - Annapurna is Nepalese food.

Charles, to answer: no.

Also, where can a motherfucker get a decent fish curry in this city?
Posted by ryanayr on March 28, 2012 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6
I remain at home and send my manservant in the brougham to Vancouver to fetch the good stuff.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM · Report this
DeepFriedBananaBits 7
@ 5 STFU, they do serve east indian food as well.
@ Charles. STFU and go to india express on the other end of broadway. They have great panner tikki masala and alu mutter paneer.
Posted by DeepFriedBananaBits on March 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
@7 Wasn't tikka masala invented in the UK? Much like French dip, French fries, chop suey, and burittos are all foods invented in the US?
Posted by Devin on March 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Chef Thunder 9
Yes it must be the lack of Indian software engineers in the area that account for the lack of great Indian food here.
Posted by Chef Thunder on March 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM · Report this
That being said, I love me some India express.

Charles what about Qazis or that place that is known for awesome dosas on 52nd ish and the Ave? The tiny place that has Bollywood stuff on full blast all the time.
Posted by Devin on March 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Eat in Redmond.
Posted by TValley on March 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
@8 - Glasgow to be precise.

Fuck Facebook. Why not spend some of that money on scholarships for engineering students here in the US? Maybe they wouldn't have to recruit from fucking India if we had a halfway decent system in this country that respected education.
Posted by We have kids who need these opportunities on March 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
julie russell 13
Authentic/Good Indian in Seattle exists. Udupi Palace in Bellevue for Southern Indian...mmmmhmmm. Kebab House/Hut? on 83rd and Greenwood...A mazimg
Posted by julie russell http:// on March 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
DeepFriedBananaBits 14
@ 8 Even though it doesn't originate in India, it was created by Indian chefs in British curry houses, so you get half credit.
Posted by DeepFriedBananaBits on March 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 15

There's lots of great Indian food in Seattle...only it's located in Kent

and Federal Way

and Bellevue

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Maharaja West Seattle in the Junction is very good.
Posted by neo-realist on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 17

Oh, and if you want food that is Indian and Vegetarian AND Kosher!

Come to Renton!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 18
I guess FB has no choice but to use those H1B visas, as the unemployment rate is at unprecendented lows.
Posted by Max Solomon on March 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 19


They have to cut costs to the bone so they can present a profitable image and sell the stock.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Cedars in the U is amazing. I've taken people there from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and all have said that it's the best Indian they've ever had.
Posted by Faber on March 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
Masala by Northgate is the best Indian food I've had in Seattle. I don't know how it compares to that in India since I've never been there, nor Vancouver because I've yet to eat Indian there, but I thought it was better than the food I had in one of New York's Indian neighborhoods.
Posted by paulus22 on March 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
DeepFriedBananaBits 23
@ 20 Thanks for reminding me about cedars.

Not only is the food great at cedars, the owner and staff are amazing. When my ex husband and I were learning how to make paneer pakora the owner there gave us a lot of friendly pointers and some free spices.
Posted by DeepFriedBananaBits on March 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
tainte 24
there is a place in redmond that's awesome. don't know the name but it's within stumbling distance of malt and vine.
Posted by tainte on March 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Naan and Curry in Renton.
Posted by TheVripper on March 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
The reason I tend to avoid Indian restaurants: "Are you SURE you wouldn't like some naan?" The reason I prefer dive Chinese restaurants: "would you like another Mai Tai?"
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on March 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 27
The Indian programmers don't live in Seattle. They live in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville and Redmond. Woodinville has nightlife that play nothing but bhangra and cinemas that play nothing but Bollywood. Get out of the city Chuck, you might need a car.

Also, why is this news? Isn't Microsoft FTE like 30% Indian born now? They've been importing for twenty years. I'm a born US citizen, and I've had job recruiters hang up on me when they find out I don't need my visa sponsored. I might ask for a living wage.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
laterite 28
@24, I believe you are referring to Kanishka, and yes it is fucking boss. I think they even have a fish curry on occasion. Also, @27 speaks the truth. The most ethnically diverse municipalities in this region most decidedly do NOT include Seattle proper. I feel this has been discussed ad infinitum on Slog before.
Posted by laterite on March 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
@24: Kanishka.
Posted by Tawnos on March 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
@27: bullshit. The H1B employees generally cost more than the non H1B, as they must be paid at the prevailing wage and they require a lot more legal and moving expenses. They're not hired because they're cheaper, they're hired because they're qualified and ready to work.
Posted by Tawnos on March 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
seandr 31
For years, Microsoft has been importing software engineers from India by the truckloads. Redmond is packed with Indian families, great Indian restaurants, Indian grocery stores, and Indian video rental stores.
Posted by seandr on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Traveler's Thali House in Beacon Hill has really nice veggie Indian food, with rotating dishes each month. The owners and cooks are white folks, but they do seem to know what they are doing and I see plenty of folks from India in there eating, so they seem to think it's legit. It's open W-Sunday until 9pm. Beers are affordably priced as is the food. It's a couple of blocks from the Light Rail and also accessible off the 36 bus.

I agree that Pabla in Renton is good too. Punjabit Sweets down in Kent is also good. The spot in the strip mall near Trader Joe's on Bell Red Road and Northup Way in Bellevue is also good. I don't mind the spot in Northgate that someone else mentioned (Masala). Not a bad buffet. I quite like the buffet at Roti down in lower QA too (it's better than the Northgate spot).

The spot out in Bellevue at the Cross Roads Mall (on the north side near the licensing spot) it also good, and definitely a different style than a lot of the other spots in Seattle.

I'm sure Seattle probably isn't a great Indian food town and I have heard that there's some Indian up in Vancouver that is supposed to be amazing. But I haven't had it, and for the most part, I don't feel deprived of tasty options in Seattle. But I definitely might feel differently if I'd had the stuff in BC.
Posted by j-lon on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
@28: At a minimum, the city of Seattle continues to get whiter and people of color continue to leave for the suburbs.…
Posted by j-lon on March 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
schmacky 34
This is a post that can only have been written by a person who never leaves the downtown core. Also, while it might be "unusual" to advertise in this way, there are currently thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of people of Indian descent living, working, and eating in Redmond and around the Eastside. If you are going all the way to Vancouver for good Indian cuisine, you are an idiot.
Posted by schmacky on March 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 35
Qazis. Fremont.

Nuff said. @30 is correct, but it shows up differently on the balance sheet, due to lobbyists messing up the tax code.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Fnarf 36
@27, is obviously correct, as Microsoft has more Indian engineers working for them than you can shake a stick at, and always has, whatever this idiotic article claims. There are thousands of them, and have been for decades. They live and work on the east side, and never come into Seattle, and thus all of the good Indian is on the east side. Spice Route in Crossroads is excellent, and full to bursting with East Indians, as is Mayuri in both Bellevue and Bothell. These restaurants are as good as anything in Vancouver with one exception:

No restaurant in Seattle, Indian or otherwise, can touch Vij's, on W 11th just east of Burnside. But that's not Seattle's fault; the fact is, it's one of the great restaurants of the world, and no Indian restaurant ANYWHERE can touch it.

I think you will find that virtually 100% of the tikka masala and balti joints in the UK are Bangladeshi, not actually Indian, whatever it says on the sign; indeed, not just Bangladeshi but almost entirely from the region of Sylhet in the far northeast of that country. Tikka Masala was invented by a Bangladeshi immigrant to Glasgow, Scotland in the 1960s.

Cedar in the U District is OK, but you should be aware that the owner keeps all the tips. All of them.
Charles would have his mind blown by spending a couple of hours hanging out in Crossroads Mall.
Posted by Fnarf on March 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Fnarf 37
One thing that Vancouver has that Seattle doesn't and never will, however, is large numbers of NON-ENGINEER Indians. Vancouver and Toronto are global magnets for Indian immigrants of all classes, which does lead to a greater diversity of food offerings, not just cloth-napkin joints.

For starters, Seattle could really use a few branches of the globally ubiquitous Nando's Chicken, or some local entrepreneur's version of the same. Sadly, Seattle's immigrants are mostly shut out of the city's lifeless retail scene except on the periphery. What you are really talking about when you bemoan the lack of Indian restaurants is the lack of cheap usable retail spaces where entrepreneurs can get started. In Seattle, it's impossible to find space that is both small and crummy enough to be affordable but also where sufficient quantities of people with money go, because all the people with money are white, and won't go to weird neighborhoods (which barely exist). A recent immigrant from Michoacan or Bangladesh or Guizhou isn't going to be able to get a tiny storefront in Wallingford.
Posted by Fnarf on March 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Kebab House on 83rd is technically Pakistani, but their menu us basically Indian. Also, it is SUPER-DELICIOUS
Posted by K X One on March 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Downtown's sole ray of hope is the large influx of Russell Investments employees of Indian extraction. The moment that company moved from Tacoma to 2nd and Union it raised by a hundredfold the slim chance downtown might get a good Indian restaurant.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Posted by mmmmmmmmMMMyum on March 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 41
Update on India Combo -- remodelling until April 8.

And yes, Punjab Sweets is fantastic but different (I just returned from there with some take out). They are very strict vegetarian, wholistic but spicy lunch buffet!

And of course they are also a Confectionery full of delicious rice balls and other treats!

In fact, Kent East Hill is an Indian expatriate community (as well as Ukraine, Thai, Somali, ...........)
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM · Report this
Fnarf 42
@41, sadly Punjab Sweet's sister restaurant in Redmond, Preet's, closed last year. Different style than the usual gloop-over-rice stuff, and vegetarian. No tikka, no masala. No more, alas.
Posted by Fnarf on March 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
I used to make pilgrimages out to Redmond just for Preet's (which, come to think of it, might have shared owners with Punjab Sweets down south).

I haven't set foot in Redmond since Preet's closed.
Posted by d.p. on March 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Ah, Fnarf beat me to it.

Is the tip-stealing at Cedars just a rumor, or is it something you've witnessed?
Posted by d.p. on March 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
DeaconBlues 45
I'm pretty sure that Kebab House moved down the street recently and is now closer to Mr. Gyro.
Posted by DeaconBlues on March 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 46
@30, prevailing wage. Right. And everyone in the Yakima orchards has a green card.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on March 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
@45 Kebab House 'consolidated' their Greenwood location with their one up north. Very sad.
Yet-another-Greenwood-kebab-place is just using their old sign now.
Posted by dirge on March 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Tandoori Hut at 2nd Ave. and Cedar St. in Belltown. Delicious and authentic. And yes, I've had Indian food in India, East Africa, London and Vancouver BC.
Posted by crone on March 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 49
I work with many Indian engineers. Not one of them goes out for lunch; their wives pack their lunches for them.

In fact, I've only known one single Indian guy in my entire software career, and it was NOT due to a lack of persistence on his parents part. He eventually succumbed, and now his days of going out for lunch are over.
Posted by Free Lunch on March 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM · Report this

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