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Dining Out — Restaurant Roving: Another opportunity for food from India

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Monty Kainth has opened Cross Culture restaurants in Doylestown, Buckingham and Lambertville, N.J., plus a smaller version at the Ferry Market in New Hope, but none got a reception like the one two weeks ago for the opening of his latest in Newtown.

“People were really excited,” he said, adding that many of them had been traveling to his other locations while waiting for the new restaurant to open.

The menu at the newest restaurant is pretty much the same as at the Buckingham and Doylestown locations, where he has drawn a loyal following for his less spicy versions of classic Indian cuisine.

He offers good-sized portions of a variety of entrees where vegetables, chicken, lamb and seafood are combined with popular sauces. Those include masala, a tomato, onion and cream sauce; saagwala, a sauce with spinach and coriander; and korma, a golden cream sauce made with fragrant herbs.

Kainth’s mission has been to introduce as many people as possible to Indian cuisine. He worked for years at authenic Indian restaurants before deciding that he could cross the Indian and American cultures by making his food a little less spicy to appeal to the American palate.

“When people try Indian food for the first time, they ask, ‘Is it spicy?’ I say no,” he said, “just try it.”

He points to the large number of young children who dine at his restaurants and enjoy Indian food. “They see me and they say, ‘Can I have some naan?’” he said, referring to Indian bread baked in the tandoori (clay) oven. They eat just about anything on the menu, he said.

The Newtown restaurant has something that none of his other restaurants have: a thali lunch menu every day of the week. Thali, which is available weekends only in Doylestown and Buckingham, is a sampler of traditional Indian food that includes samples of two or three entrees, rice, naan, papadam, dal makhani (black beans and lentils) and a samosa (pastry stuffed with filling).

There also is a tandoori lunch special that includes kebabs served sizzling hot.

Kainth had hoped to have the restaurant open last spring, but is happy it opened in time for the holidays. It’s so new that it doesn’t have its own website like his other restaurants. But the menus in the Bucks County restaurants are very similar, he said, so anyone who wants to look at one can go to the general Cross Culture website.

Always in search of a new challenge, Kainth said he is working on taking over the space next to his new restaurant in the Village of Newtown South shopping center. He plans to use it as a banquet facility.

For those looking for his newest restaurant, the GPS can find it by its address. Or search for the Newtown Farmers Market, which is in the same shopping center.

CROSS CULTURE

Village at Newtown South Shopping Center

2124 S. Eagle Road, Newtown

crosscultureindiancuisine.net

Cost: Appetizers $4.95-$21.95, entrees $15.95-$19.95, lunch combination meals $10-$15, thali (lunchtime samplers) $12-$15.

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