Reviews and Such Indian Restaurants

Clay Oven – Hydro Building

Today is another post of the restaurant replacing a restaurant variety. This one is for The Clay Oven in the Hydro Building. The Clay Oven is like the Sherbrook Street Deli, in that I never visited the first restaurant, Fresh Cafe, that occupied the space.

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I visited the Kenaston location when we celebrated my mom’s 90th.

Clay Oven Naan Bread.
Naan Bread always makes a good addition to any Indian meal.

I’ve visited the Clay Oven location on Kenaston, but that was several years ago when my family was in town for a visit. So, these last two visits are what I’m basing my experience on .
I went into Clay Oven expecting to find a lunch buffet of some sort. Instead what is on offer is combo plates, and a variety of main course Indian dishes. Along with these you will find extras like Samosas, etc. I tried comparing the online menu to the instore menu, but it doesn’t match up very well. My first visit I went in and ordered myself one of the combination platters that are available. The meal also came with regular Naan, which you can just see peeking out of the top right corner of the picture below.
When I first looked at it, thought there was only a little bit of meat. However, under the surface of the sauce there were several more smaller pieces. On the whole I was quite satisfied with both the quality and the quantity of the meat provided. On this occasion, I went without too much spice. However, the food was still plenty flavourful, and there was adequate spicing in all of the items. I ordered a Chai tea to go along with my meal. The drinks are all served in bio-degradable cups. On the whole the restaurant places a strong emphasis on being environmentally friendly.dsc 0643 e1524576606970
The second time I went in I decided I was going to try one of the a la carte dishes. I order the Lamb Biryani, which sells for $15.99. I was a little skeptical that this was going to be adequate. So, I also ordered the Aloo Tikki Plate. Plus, I added an order of garlic Naan. I probably wouldn’t have ordered so much if I had been paying attention and realized that the Biryani comes with an order of rice as well. In the end it didn’t really matter, because I ended up with my main meal for that day, and lunch for the day after.  Everything I order came to around $30.00, but that would make a very nice meal for two.

Clay Oven Rice and Lamb
My lamb and Rice dish from the Clay Oven. This would make a light meal in itself.

I ordered the lamb with extra spice. It had a good kick to it. What I discovered was that the spice is even more noticeable when you eat the leftovers cold out of the fridge next day. The Aloo Tikki made a pleasant contrast to the lamb dish, while the Naan came with plenty of garlic on top.
Clay Oven at the Hydro Building presents a very open space. With two of the walls consisting of windows out onto the street, there is plenty of natural light to give the place a feeling of warmth. The service was friendly and quite quick. The appearance of the Clay Oven in the Edmonton-Graham area means that this little section is increasingly turning into a place to find many and varied lunch and dinner opportunities, often at reasonable prices.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.