I was looking forward to returning to Taj Tandoori since I enjoyed my previous meal there so much. I ordered the palak paneer with garlic naan again, and I told the owner how I really appreciated his restraint with the cream. Once again, he was very warm and welcoming.
However, when I opened up my meal at home, I noticed that the color of my palak paneer was several shades lighter. My fears were confirmed, as the curry was too mild, excessively creamy, and the texture was quite smooth. All that glorious funk was gone - the swampy green, murky color, the fragrant aromatics, and the prominent ginger kick was replaced by a pleasantly bland, yet rather meek curry. I can only imagine this is due to several complaints on Taj Tandoori’s Yelp page regarding the spiciness of their food, as reported by @Bigmouth previously:
I’m not giving up hope yet. Next time I go there, I’ll see if I can convince the owner to make the spicier/less creamy version of the dish. Let’s see how it goes, but I’m pretty sad about this turn of events.