I feel very mixed about my experience at Surya. Let me begin by saying that the food tasted very very good. But whether it is authentic or not, I am not sure. Also, let me say, that it was more upscale than I was expecting, and not in a good way. The service was very good in general, but our waitress really made us feel really bad and awkward, like we were doing something wrong. When my husband and I go out for Indian food, we often share stuff in attempts of being thrifty and saving money. So we usually get an appetizer, and an entree, along with naan and rice to share, sometimes we'll share a lassi too. When we tried to order this, our waitress said "Um, you can't do that. They won't allow you, there's a $15 minimum per person." Which just made us feel really weird. So I (really really nicely) tried to explain that we were just trying to be thrifty, and that this was something we often did. But she didn't budge, and so we asked for more time to decide what to do. I think we upset her, because after that, the dynamics between the waitress and the two of us just felt really strained and weird. As someone who worked for a waitress for many years, I think it's really important not to make customers feel like they are "wrong" or "stupid," but unfortunately, this is really how we felt. I'm still recommending this restaurant, because I don't believe it's fair to rate poorly based on this experience, and I still want people to know the food tasted very good, but I don't know if this dining experience was for us. Unlike the review below (which I perceive as incredibly inappropriate), I want to go to an Indian restaurant where there are a lot of Indian people. I think it was really in poor form for the reviewer below to imply that having fewer Indian patrons would indicate a better dining experience. I'm still looking for an Indian restaurant that is authentic, resonably priced, and makes me feel welcome and comfortable when I eat there. Surya is not it.
Pros: Food was delicious, ambience was nice
Cons: Expensive, smallish portions, a little snooty