Batika India Bistro is a Novato, California, fixture that offers fine Indian cuisine prepared fresh every day. The head chef has more than two decades of experience in the culinary arts, and creates a seasonal menu that changes depending on what is locally available. In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, Batika India Bistro utilizes locally harvested mushrooms and wild berries in the dishes as well.
The menu at Batika India Bistro features plenty of curry, naan, and vegetarian dishes that lovers of Indian food will recognize. There are also elegant dishes such as lamb vindaloo and macchi Malabar for seafood lovers. Add a sweet mango chutney or roasted papadums to complete your meal.
The food is excellent, but the restaurant is very noisy to the point that our ears hurt and we were not able to talk comfortably across the table (there were three of us). I think is was due to larger parties in the center of the restaurant. Last time we ate there, we sat in the middle and didn't notice the noise.
Excellent buffet. Great value. Highly recommend!
We've been searching for quite some time for a go-to Indian place for our family in Marin, and we've found it. After living for ten years in London, our standards for great Indian food are high, and we had yet to find anything that really came close in Marin. We had a meal there last week with my two kids, and was really happy with the quality of the food. Only complaint we had was about some shrimp that simply weren't cooked enough. The rest of the dishes were great, the kids were happy, and so were we since we now have a go-to Indian place.
We were there during the lunch buffet so it got kind of crazy and loud. We decided to order from the menu instead and the team was still attentive and thorough.
I wish I could say this was a great experience - it was truly OKAY - no better ! Upon check in the concierge said that the Open Table system was not working - REALLY ?!?
We were offered the buffet or option to order from the menu - I took the buffet and was underwhelmed - my friend had a vegetarian rice dish and appetizer - again, OKAY
Doubt that I will return.
By the way, were there to celebrate my special #70 birthday - it was just OKAY :(
I have eaten here many times in fact I drive 20 miles from Petaluma but have only had lunch this is first time having dinner and I was super impressed. We ordered tandori chicken, saffron basmati rice, raita and lamb kebabs. The food was excellent. We also ordered a glass each of house sparkling wine, Zinfandel and Clausthauler. Highly recommended.
Decided to try this as we like Indian food. It did not disappoint! Food was very good and will definitely go back and take some friends with us. The service was good and very friendly.
The food and service were great, but it was so very, very noisy. It was hard to have a conversation at our table.
There are very few quiet moments when this foursome is together but we all went silent when tasting this incredible salmon. Salmon Kali Mirchi was worth the drive. It's herb encrusted, no sauce and simply stunning. The rest of the food was quite good and the people were charming. We just kept ordering more orders of this dish which I can't ever remember happening before. We will definitely be back.
Ok, currently the ONLY Indian food in Novato, but it is still good. We were able to get a reservation on New Year's Eve. The service was informed and helpful. We have eaten here before, and will return. My only concern: many dishes have tomatoes, which I cannot eat. Would like to see more non tomato based dishes. When asked, I was told tomatoes could not be removed from servings.