Regarding the taste of the food in indian/nepalese restaurants of Helsinki, opinions vary from one person to another, and that's pretty normal, eh?
Not even to mention that one person can be satisfied one day in a restaurant, and disappointed an other day in the same restaurant... It has happened to me, for instance with Annapurna. There can be many reasons for that: different dishes, different cook, good/bad mood, mistakes in the recipe (too much salt, for instance) or miracles (tasting the best plate ever made by the cook), etc.
At least, among the (many) indian/nepalese restaurants of Helsinki that I put on the good side, there's one that I put in a category of its own : Maharaja
, because it is the only whose very-spicy dishes are even too spicy for me
They suggest 3 different level of spices for the vindaloo and an other one, and the two times when I chose the "very spicy"
option (fish vindaloo in ~2004 and some lamb-stuff-not-vindaloo in october 2007), the waiter/waitress was saying to me that maybe I should take the "medium spicy"
, because the "very spicy"
was really really spicy. I insisted, and I found out that the waiter was right, it was really really spicy. I was burning, sweating, paralysed at some points by the fierce spices
I won't take the "very spicy"
of this restaurant anymore, I learned my lesson after 2 attempts (and yes, I could eat all the dishes anyway, thanks to sisu-power) ; but I keep this address in mind for people who would believe that these indian/nepalese restaurants in Finland can't serve as spicy as in India