Indian Chinese food is not a category I see often here. It sounds like a good pairing as both cultures use spices and sauces throughout many of their dishes. Earlier this month, a new Indo-Chinese restaurant called Inchin's Bamboo Garden opened in San Jose, and I was excited to join their Media Preview dinner. The location is on the ground floor of the River Oaks Place apartment/condo complex on North First Street. It's very spacious and beautifully decorated with Asian influenced decor. I can see this place being good for happy hour and business dinners due to its location near big companies.
Here are a few highlights from my meal at Inchin's Bamboo Garden. The media dinner was complimentary so I won't be posting prices. You can see their menu here.
|Shanghai Silk - vanilla vodka, half & half, cake crumble rim, served with passion fruit jelly|
I started the evening with a wonderful cocktail. It was sweet and had a cake crumble rim. I highly recommend you ask for this drink if you like sweet, dessert type of drinks.
|Vegetarian burnt garlic rice|
My favorite food item of the night was the garlic rice. The bits of burnt garlic added great flavor to the basmati rice.
|Shrimp pepper salt|
The fried shrimp battered in a peppery coating was very satisfying with the garlic rice.
|Lamb szechwan dumplings|
I enjoyed the lamb meat inside and its seasonings. I don't see lamb dumplings often either.
|Chili mustard paneer|
This dish had paneer cheese slices with a chili mustard sauce. It's more mustardy than spicy.
The sauce on these thin slices of beef was more sweet since it had caramel. It also goes well with rice.
|Thai basil chicken|
Breaded and fried chicken pieces on a bed of fried basil
The Szechwan fish was more filling and than the other dishes. I think the fish here was also breaded and fried.
|Darsaan with ice cream|
The fried wonton noodle strips with sesame seed and honey went well with the vanilla ice cream. I enjoyed this dessert.
|Date wontons with ice cream|
This dessert was also in a similar vein as the dessert above except with dates inside wonton wrappers.
We also received goodie bags at the end of the night which had a package of noodles and Asian flavored drinks.
If you work near North First Street, Inchin's would be a good place to go to after work. The ambiance is just right for a gathering with coworkers. Lots of space and a good bar program to facilitate mingling. There is also another location in Sunnyvale too.
55 River Oaks Place, #70
San Jose, CA 95134