So a is a great restaurant! Chef Shiv is warm, friendly, and welcoming. Service for me has always been great, even on days when he was short on staff. His food is delicious and reasonably priced. It is the best Indian food I have experienced in this country. The chai is marvelous! If it were a bottomless cup, I would drink so much of it, he would go out of business. He makes that wonderful naan in his kitchen, so it is always fresh and plentiful. If you've never eaten there, go and try it a few times. Try different dishes at varying spice levels to see what appeals to you the most. If you don't like it, go back to bland McDonalds.
Just wow... the food is amazing! My husband and I come from Chicago and I must say hands down the best Indian food we have tried. Definitely some changes to the "normal" Indian food, but it made it a lot better. The owner and his wife took the time to say hello and he obviously knew a lot of his customers there by name. Really a family restaurant, I will stop by more often. Thank you for the awesome food experience.
I remember visiting Sona a few years back... before I moved to Winchester, and I found the food to be quite good. However, my last couple of visits were utterly disappointing. Their Chicken Tikka Masala was more like 'chicken in ketchup' just not at all pleasant.
I know enough about Indian food to know that dishes such as this are not really truly authentic Indian Cuisine. They're more of a hybrid of Indian cooking techniques and spices used to create dishes that appealed to the English Colonial powers... and for all I know, they're really good at authentic Indian Cuisine, but Chiken Tikka Masala is my personal favorite and is the dish I will order at any new Indian restaurant to give myself a basis for comparison.
I've heard form other friends that have said "the food here used to be quite good but it's gone downhill" I could not agree more.
Maybe their chef changed or something . . .