We discovered Peacock Gardens when we first moved to Diamond Bar almost six years ago. After we ate there the first time, we were so taken aback by the quality of the food that we ate there almost weekly for months following our initial dinner. This is the only restaurant where we (literally) couldn’t stop going there to eat because the food was SO good! (although we almost did the same thing with Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa when we first discovered them as well).
Last night we had another fabulous dinner. We started-out by having our favorite appetizer: Samosa, which according to their menu, is a “crisp pastry filled with mildly spiced potatoes and peas.” It’s difficult to pick another item from another cuisine to compare it to (the closest thing I can think of is falafel).
Our dinner consisted of our two stand-by vegetable dishes: Aloo Gobi (again, from the menu, “cauliflower and potatoes sautéed in mild herbs and spices”) and Bharta (“roasted eggplant cooked with tomatoes and onions”). The Bharta goes especially well with their exquisite garlic naan (“leavened bread lightly sprinkled with garlic”), the Indian go-to bread that matches PERFECTLY with curried lentil and mashed/creamed veggie dishes. Be sure to order the naan hot and fresh; if you go through two or three or more orders like we do, be sure to tell you server to bring out another hot, freshly-made order when you’re about done with your current order of garlic naan.
We always like to try new and different dishes, especially at restaurants that we’ve visited many times. So last night we tried Chilli Chicken (“marinated in fresh spices and assorted with slices of giner, onions & roasted with soya sauce”). I liked it more than Arthur or Wuchen (whom are both Chinese), who compared it to Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken. I thought it was much more than that! The chicken was very tender and I LOVED the degree, level, and depth of the spices. Delicious!
We also tried the Lamb Bhuna (“diced boneless lamb cooked in chefs secret spices, diced onions, ginger, and garlic”). Like the Chilli Chicken, the lamb was tender and the degree, level, and depth of the spices was just about perfect.
The meal described above (along with steamed white rice), complemented by two large bottles of our favorite Indian beer (Kingfisher), came to $85, which included tax and tip. Great food and beer for three people, all for $85. Can’t complain about that!
If you like big, bold, complexly-flavored food and have either 1) never tried Indian food before or 2) haven’t yet tried Peacock Gardens, you owe it to yourself to give them a chance to impress your tastebuds. I’ve always loved Indian food (it’s tough to beat beautifully-flavored, complex, slightly (or heavily) spicy curried dishes) and we consider ourselves extraordinarily lucky to have our favorite Indian restaurant just a few miles from home. They also have a weekend Champagne Brunch and weekly luncheon buffet (which we haven’t tried either, yet), so if you’re not quite sure that you’re ready to jump into the deep end of Indian cuisine, go for lunch or brunch and give them a shot. If you DO enjoy good, quality, reasonably-priced Indian cuisine, check-out Peacock Gardens. You WON’T be disappointed.
Peacock Gardens 23347 Golden Springs Drive (about one-tenth a mile west of Diamond Bar Blvd) Diamond Bar, CA 91765 909-860-2606