Reader: How about an American restaurant in India that serves tuna casserole and Hamburger Helper?

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Saag paneer at Namaste India: the mild, mild West.
The owners of Namaste India, which Gretchen Kurtz reviewed last week, are both from Nepal and say they make their food the same way they would back home -- but while the fare is solid, it's also a little stolid. Namaste's kitchen does stock ginger, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, coriander and chiles. But like so many Indian, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian restaurants in this country, it tends to turn down the heat and scale back the spices in order to please an American audience.

And while many Denver diners will be pleased, it left us looking for more.

See also: Namaste India gets mild applause in our review

What would be the equivalent for an American restaurant in India? Says Steven:

I'm going to move to India and open an American food place that serves tuna casserole, mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper...
Don't forget, we've already sent McDonald's around the globe....

If you want more adventurous Indian food in Denver, where do you go? Post your suggestions below...

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Namaste India

5545 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, CO

Category: Restaurant

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TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Actually, some other countries have decidedly unusual ideas about what constitutes "American food".

There are also some American-in-origin chains which have proven to be far more popular abroad than they ever were here (Shakey's Pizza anyone? How 'bout Sizzler?) 

It works both ways.


Serving beef hamburger in India is illegal. So your concept would be very edgy.

Mantonat topcommenter

@TheFabulousMarkT I really enjoyed this article when it came out. Hard to imagine that burritos and falafel made in China and ordered from a 23-page menu would be very close to the same foods in the US. It really sounds like the same kind of thing that happens with Indian restaurants in America - trying to please a wide customer base while constructing traditional dishes from unfamiliar food sources.

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

@Mantonat That is very interesting. I've always been a firm believer in the idea that food can go a long way towards stemming the alienation one sometimes feels when moving to another place.

The economic aspects of their business model are great too of course :)

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