Our NRT outing for December was to Inchin’s Bamboo Garden in Morrisville. It is in a typical strip mall with a pizza place and a hardware store. The space itself is pleasant with dark wood tones and simple furniture. We were a large group this time so we had a few tables put together. Half of our group arrived at 7pm and the other half at 7:30pm. The menu is Indo-Chinese dishes which is rare but a fun variation on Indian restaurants. So, what is Indo-Chinese you ask? In the U.S. we have Americanized Chinese food such as General Tao’s Chicken and Lo Mein Noodles. Well, Indo-Chinese is an Indian take on Chinese food with specific dishes such as Chicken 65 and Vegetable Manchurian. So, the menu at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden focuses on these dishes.
G and I started with the Sweet Corn Soup. It was nice with full corn flavor and yet light. For appetizers we tried the Vegetable Spring Rolls, which were straightforward with a nice crispy shell. The Crispy Chili Potatoes were tasty but quite unexpected as they were just frozen french fries with a spicy hot sauce on them. The highlight of the appetizers was the Chicken 65, which is pieces of fired chicken coasted in a fiery sauce and tossed with curry leaves and green and red peppers. It was delicious!
We were a large group so were ordered a lot of dishes and shared everything family style and all the dishes were served with rice. I will highlight just a few of the dishes. I was most excited about the Sesame Chicken as it is one of my favorite dishes but unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectation. The sauce was more like a sweet and sour sauce and didn’t have any of the rich sesame flavor I was hoping for. The Crispy Eggplant Chili Honey was very nice with a simple sautéed eggplant preparation in a sweet, spicy sauce. The highlight of the dinner dishes was the cumin lamb. The chunks of lamb were tender with rich cumin flavor and served with green peppers. It was a simple, delicious dish!
The service was fine but not great. Our server seemed confused by our large group and the staged ordered since we arrived at different times. While I would consider going back, the food was a bit hit or miss. Some dishes were very good while other mediocre. Therefore, if you have favorites you order regularly it would be a nice alternative to a typical Indian restaurant.
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
3532 Davis Dr
Morrisville, NC 27560