Inchin's Bamboo Garden - October 2009 - Spice Routes - Eastern India - Atlanta Magazine

Inchin's Bamboo Garden


This cavernous restaurant shares space with Northern-leaning Tadka, though the two serve radically different food. The first glance of Bamboo Garden’s offerings can make you say, “Huh?” Broccoli beef, General Tso’s chicken, Szechuan fried rice, fish Hong Kong: Hello, this is Chinese food. But look closer. You’ll also see Indian paneer (fresh, pressed cheese) and gingery cauliflower Manchurian interwoven among the selections. This is the synthesis known as “Desi Chinese” cooking. A spate of popularity for the intriguing fusion flickered around the U.S. earlier this decade, and this rendition could more accurately be described as familiar Chinese American cooking with a few Indian elements in the mix. Now brush aside the head-spinning labels and simply enjoy dishes such as lat mai paneer (crisp cubes doused with garlic and ginger), faintly spicy lobster “canchow,” lamb in chile mustard sauce, and Hakka noodles—similar to Singapore rice noodles, minus the curry powder.

11105 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770-622-1445,