At long last Carleton Place can now boast an authentic Indian cuisine restaurant much to the delight of those with a taste for the exotic. But Sagar Indian Cuisine at 156 Bridge Street isn’t just any run-of-the-mill diner. One taste is all it takes to let you know.
A soft opening for Sagar happened in June month and judging by the steady line of clients, a full grand opening with all the associated promotion and advertising won’t be needed. Sagar is a family run restaurant operated by Ummed Singh, his wife, Lakshmi Devi, son Vikas and daughter Monika.
Singh brings a world of experience to Sagar’s, having worked as a chef in several five-star hotels in India before coming to Canada in 2007. He has created many of his own recipes and has fine-tuned traditional dishes to suit the tastes of his customers over the years. Because of this hands-on approach he is able and very willing to adjust any dish to individual preferences and he’s constantly conversing with his customers to get their feedback.
My wife and I dropped in late one evening, just a few days after the opening and were very impressed with the wide selection on the menu and the end product on our plates. We both shared some samosas and chicken pakoda. The samosa pastry was light and flaky with just enough strength to hold the savory potato and pea filling. They were perfectly spiced and just the right temperature. The chicken pakoda, small strips of filleted chicken dipped in gram flour (made from ground chickpeas) were deep fried and beautifully matched with a delightful mint sauce. Singh doesn’t use eggs or peanuts in any of his dishes, which will please anyone with an allergy to either.
Of course you’ll have to try his take on buttered chicken and chicken tikka masala. Clients we met that night who were already back for a second visit raved about those dishes.
One very unique thing about Sagar is their pricing. If you do a little online comparison shopping with established facilities in Ottawa, you’ll find that just about everything on Singh’s menu is considerably less expensive without any sacrifice to quality or quantity. Singh states he is less interested in material wealth but instead focuses his efforts on pleasing his customers and the joy of cooking.
For those new to Indian cuisine the lunch menu at Sagar’s has an abundance of combination dishes giving everyone the opportunity to discover a world of rich tastes and textures.
Sagar Indian Cuisine is open six days a week for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and for dinner from 4:30 to 9:00 pm. They are closed on Tuesdays. Appetizers range from $6 to $14 and the average lunch combo and entrees cost $12. The restaurant is fully licensed as well.
In addition to a spacious and comfortable dining area, Sagar also offers a full take-out service. You can reach them at 613 492 1333 or 613 492 1444 and can check out their enticing menu at sagarindiancuisin.ca.
If you’ve been longing for a true taste of some great Indian cuisine, the wait is over.
This article was first published in the August issue of Hometown News. For more articles from our August issue, pick up a print copy at a local retailer or read our digital version.