Well, all I can say is this--I have tried many Indian restaurants in the USA, right across from New York to Frisco, but soon as I walked into Chutneys, I just felt so relaxed and ""at home"". They had some kinda Indian song tune playing, but without any vocals, which just gave it that extra air of authenticity. There was a middle aged guy standing by the cash till, whom I assumed to be the owner, and soon as I walked in, he immediately walked towards me with huge smile and welcoming pleasantries. This was followed by a yound lady who took my coat and asked where I wanted to sit. The food I ordered was absolutely superb, with a great range of cold beers to suit. After I had eaten my fill, the lady asked me if I wanted a cup of Indian spice tea, which I agreed to, and that really rounded off an excellent, relaxing evening! On another occasion, after a long walk at the PIke Place Market, I stumbled upon another Indian restaurant called Pabla Cuisine, which I think is at 2nd St near the market. This place was the complete reversal of Chutneys--surly, uninterested Staff, horrible, mass-produced type food. Two weeks later, I was back at Chutneys, sampling their delights again! Oh, and I found out the name of the owner--Mr Gill. Next time you are there, ask for him by name and he will help you choose your dishes and tell you a little about them, too! And mention my name (Jag from London UK) and you will get preferential treatment!\r
PS one time I was at Chutneys at lunchtime and the place was packed--so much so, that the waiters had to virtually barricade the door shut to stop any more people coming in!!! That would not happen if the place was lousy!! By the way, this is review is about the place in Lower Queen Anne Street.
Pros: Ambience, parking, peace and quiet!
Cons: Having to leave!