This restaurant is closed. :(
If your looking for good and cheap Indian food in Suzhou, Kamal’s is the place for you.
This is the new Namaste restaurant at Dushu lake – not to be confused with the original Namaste on Jinji lake in li gong di. In many ways, these restaurants are not the same. Unlike its jinji lake counterpart, the dushu lake Namaste is not next to the lake. It’s in wenxing quangchang (wenxing plaza), which is across from GIST and Xi’an Jiao Tong Liverpool university.
Now that business is out of the way, let’s get on with an interesting review with a thumbs up for Namaste.
Namaste – Dushu Lake
Location: Wenxing Square in a not easy to find place.
Decor: 4 (out of 10)
Service: 7 (it’s an Indian joint so English away)
In all the ways that matter most, I like this restaurant. First, the price is VERY reasonable. Most dishes are only 30 RMB or less. Samosas are 15. And beers are only 9 or 10! That’s how it’s done. The indian food is the best I’ve had in Suzhou (including the sister store) and at half the price of everything else in town.
Another thing I am down with is the limited menu. One of my biggest pet peeves in China are the super menus which offer everything under sun – all of it terrible. A limited menu means you can cross-utilize (use in many different dishes) the ingredients and keep things fresher. Plus, if you only do a few things, you will do them better. Namaste offers a very limited menu. It only has about 15 Indian dishes and some western food like pizza and burgers. Who would go to an Indian restaurant for burgers or pizza? Not this guy. Indian all the way. Namaste only has a few chicken/lamb/veg curries and several vegetable dishes. They also have very cheap 20 RMB lunch sets to boot. I’ve been to Namaste a couple of times and eaten about half the menu. Everything was pretty good – not the best Indian ever – but pretty damn good.
Here’s a meal – butter chicken, samosas, rice and a beer. All this for 65 RMB. All of it good but the chicken madrasa was better.
The location of this restaurant is terrible. It’s hidden, on the second floor and you’d have trouble finding it without these helpful photos.
When you get to wenxing square you will see the gaomao chinese burrito and the 85 cafe pictured above. There is an alley between the two and you will make a right at that alley. Namaste will be at the end of the alley. You cannot see it from the street and it is easy to miss.
You can also find this place going down another alley (to the right of the burrito place). You can actually see the signage from here but you still need to walk around to the alley to find the door.
Maybe this terrible location that you can’t easily find is why the food is so cheap – passing the savings on to us. The lighting and wifi aren’t the best either.
This building is in not the best shape. It is a dive. A 5 year old building that looks and feels like it’s 20 year old Chinese building. They’ve tried to clean it up to the best of their abilities but it’s lip stick on a pig. It isn’t the Ritz. For me, this is a plus. I love me a dive. That said, it is ugly. But hey – if you can’t handle something a little rough around the edges, then why are you living in China?
If you’re in the mood for Indian food, this is my top choice in Suzhou. It’s good food, dirt cheap and is a little bit of a dive. Those are all good things in my book. Check this place out, I think you’ll like it.