Shreeji, the White Castle of Indian Restaurants

I had high expectations of Shreeji, the newest vegetarian restaurant in Louisville. Hindus and other Indians have developed a great vegetarian cuisine. After all, they’ve had centuries of religious strictures against meat eating to work on their recipes.

Shreeji
LouisvilleVegetarian.com’s crime partner

However, I was quite disappointed with Shreeji.

Overwhelmed by the menu, and sensing the impatience of the counter clerk, I asked him to recommend two dishes.

We ended up with the cheese bhaji pav and the chloe bhature. The bhaji pav was a dish of chickpeas in red sauce, and the chloe bhature was a vegetable curry in an identical red sauce that tasted very similar.

The vegetable curry was so heavily pureed that I couldn’t identify any actual vegetables, except for the stray pea that escaped the food processor. My heart rose at the sight of that one pea.

Upon reflection, I should have asked for rice or naan or dal. There’s almost no traditional Indian starch that I don’t enjoy.

My entrees came with a sort of fried  pancake that fell apart so quickly, it became more or less useless as a way of conveying food to my face.

My other starch was something that I can only describe as a slider bun from White Castle. Admittedly, it was fried and therefore not quite as inedible as a White Castle item. But still . . .

The mango lassi was the best thing on the table. It was really creamy and sweet without being cloying.

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The mango lassi was the highlight of the meal

The other major disappointment was that all our food was served on disposable plastic or paper. With this one meal, I have contributed to landfills, the exploitation of natural resources, and air pollution. Not really what I have in mind when I seek out a vegetarian restaurant.

Though I was quite hungry, the crime partner and I ate only about half our food, and it wasn’t worth boxing.

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