Hey Hey! I'm very excited to share a little gem of a restaurant with your guys today. We have lived in Marietta for almost seven years, and I've driven by this strip mall so many times and wondered what this little Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, Vatica, was like. My sister, Kenley and I went last night, and I'm so glad we did.
The outside is very unassuming. It's a old little strip mall with a liquor store, Mexican bakery, Mexican grocery, and a wings joint. Not too enticing. Even the inside of the restaurant is low key and humble. The food, however, is delicious. I looked high and low for reviews and menus from Vatica before we went, only to find that there is no menu. I LOVE that. You eat what they have prepared for the day, so it's always fresh, and I'm gonna guess, always tasty.
When I looked around for reviews, I found a few on several food blogs that helped. I hope that this review can help you make the decision to come to Vatica, too. We had a skeptic on our hands when we arrived....
Kenley wasn't sure at first. She loves to eat out though, and we make sure that she eats in restaurants at least two or three times a week. The owner greets you at the front and answers any questions you might have. He's funny and warm, and very welcoming. Kenley had a little stranger anxiety at first, but got over it by the end of our meal. Typical 15 month old problems :)
From what I understand from reviews, this is authentic Gujerati (West Coast of India) Cuisine. You sit down and they bring out the daily "Thali", or plate, consisting of several dishes.
As you can see, I didn't know what a couple of the dishes were, but I demolished everything on my plate, and was more than ready for the refill cart when they came around. All this for under $10? Amazing. My favorite by far was the Dal. I usually make it with lentils, but this one included mung (moong) beans - which I actually preferred.
Even Kenley got in on the action. She eats curry at the house, but has never eaten it in a restaurant. She had one bite with hesitation....
And then dove into her own little plate for the rest of the meal (while sitting on the table, naturally). Oh, an kids eat free here!
By the end of the meal, we were hiding the raita (yogurt) from her. She was inhaling it! And what kid doesn't love rice, potatoes, and roti? A couple of the dishes were a little too spicy for toddlers, but definitely not for adults. They were all seasoned wonderfully and perfectly spiced, in my opinion.
By the time I we had asked for seconds, we could barely finish our plates. The flavors, spices, and portions were right on. The roti was warm and chewy. If you like Indian food, you'll love Vatica. It's not fancy by any means, but it's fast, yummy, and filling.
And it's toddler approved!
VATICA is located at 1475 Terrell Mill Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067, on the corner of Powers Ferry and Terrell Mill Road near the new LA Fitness.