English apart, Chinese, Punjabi and Arabic are now spoken most typically at residence in Waterloo Region, so it is unsurprising to witness the surge of eating alternatives, lots of concentrated on takeout, reflecting people geographic regions.

Amongst a variety of regional cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, we are viewing larger wide range domestically: Just 3 years back I reviewed Dakshin in Cambridge, then the 1st cafe presenting regional diners with an all-vegetarian Southern Indian menu. In the same way, Hakka cuisine is starting to be much more common, but eating places giving the dishes of Northern India still predominate.

Wow Indian Kitchen at 668 Erb St. in Waterloo.

The Document reviewed 5 Indian eating places in 2022. More recent arrivals — this kind of as Wow Indian Kitchen in west Waterloo — are staking statements as “the best” this or that. (Other sites contain Bahar Indian Cuisine, Indo Hakka Corner, and Jayalakshmi South Indian Delicacies in Kitchener, and Kismet Bangladeshi Cafe, and a rebooted Masala Bay, both equally in Waterloo.)

These kinds of growth presents difficulties to supplying fresh, insightful critiques on any unique procedure. Deserving backstories of restaurateurs and their journeys are likely to blur. Evermore complex audience really do not need overblown descriptions of the specific shade of ochre of butter hen, nor mollycoddling descriptions of naan becoming a flatbread typically baked in a pretty scorching clay oven. Of course, it is atmospheric, but is it a good put to take in and how does the foods taste?

Wow’s internet site purports they use “the finest and freshest components.” I’m told on the cellphone every thing on the menu is natural and organic, a claim I acknowledge at confront value. I’m also assured they have a dining space. It would seem tailor created for me to help a newbie to expertise Northern Indian food.

I scoped the site, on the other hand, and the token several seats in a bare area wouldn’t have contributed to a convivial eating encounter so I opted for takeout rather.

Inside Wow Indian Kitchen.

We picked dishes that should really ideally clearly show off the magical layering of flavours epitomized in very good Indian cuisine. There was some variance in what I ordered and what I been given, element of the fault undoubtedly mine, as the staffer taking the purchase did study it back to me. Ah very well, no damage as it seemed there was plenty to take in.

Butter Chicken ($19.99) was excellent. My companion stated the Baingan Bhurtha ($15.99) — baked mashed eggplant cooked with environmentally friendly peas, fresh new tomatoes, onions and spices — tasted quite superior and seemed well balanced, like someone’s house cooking. I discovered it unexpectedly fresh new ginger-ahead, and lacking the pleasing smoky flavour frequently related with it. The medium spicing was on the decrease conclusion of this sort of a metric.

A selection of takeout dishes from Wow Indian Kitchen in Waterloo.

Biryani ($17.99) was lacklustre and accompanied by a delicious but fairly oily lamb curry — a lot more of a gravy seriously, instead than the raita possibility I believed I had picked out. At minimum the sauce experienced the impact of rehydrating the dry parts of lamb.

We collectively sighed with disappointment at what need to have been a standout dish, the Jumbo Prawns Tandoori ($22.99). Purportedly “marinated in exotic spices and grilled to perfection,” we uncovered 10 overcooked pucks with a coating of charcoalized salt. Any trace of juiciness had been sucked out of them in a also-extended take a look at to the tandoor. Inedible, and constituting much more than 20 for every cent of the meal expense, experienced we been in the restaurant I would have despatched them again.

Jumbo Prawns Tandoori, their tails silver-foil clad to stop them burning.

Blunders happen, and not wanting to bias the review since of an isolated incident, a clandestine emissary acquired a different get two times later. Those people were being less dry, and beneath the salt I was able to discern intense, uncooked spicing — at the upper array of medium — but the prawns were being even now unpalatable. The restaurant acknowledged the concerns with the prawns and indicated it would look at the recipe.

Inspite of sampling a array of dishes, I could not discern whether or not the laudable use of contemporary organic items created for a tastier food. I was more dissatisfied, having said that, the food unsuccessful to illuminate my companion on the brighter elements of Northern Indian cuisine. Hope springs eternal with new possibilities in the wings.


Eating columns target on the meals offered for pickup, takeout, and shipping in Waterloo Location, as well as foods taken on patios and in eating places. They are centered on unannounced orders from or visits to the establishments. Dining places do not spend for any part of the reviewer’s meal. Alex Bielak can be arrived at by means of Facebook.com/Meals4ThoughtArchives or Twitter and Instagram (@alexbielak).

Wow Indian Kitchen

668 Erb St. W., B10, Waterloo



Several hours: Every day 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Monthly bill: $103.29 (including tax, but not idea) for four decently portioned dishes. There were being several minor upcharges linked with sure products, this sort of as 50 cents for buttered naan with the hen, and $1.50 for lamb in the Biryani. Serviceable Pulao Rice ($5.99), pappadums ($1 every), and Chutneys ($1.99 a serving) contributed to the overall price tag.

Finding your foods: Decide up from cafe, or dine in if you really don’t intellect a bare-bones setting with prospects coming in to purchase or select up foods at the rear of you. Shipping via Uber, Door sprint, Skip. All payment types accepted.

Accessibility: Wheelchair available with two designated parking places suitable outdoors the restaurant.

Purchasing meals in the time of coronavirus: As dining establishments are producing choices on a day-to-working day foundation, make sure you verify their social media or call them for updates. Lists of places to eat functioning though eating rooms are closed can be found at https://little bit.ly/3d2JV74 and wilmotstrongertogether.ca a crowdsourced record is on Facebook’s Food items In The Waterloo Location at little bit.ly/3d1cKAX.