Yesterday I did something I've been meaning to do for quite a while: I tried the newest Indian restaurant in my area, Dusmesh. For quite a while, I haven't really been too keen to try it, since my favorite for the last 5 or so years, Amol, is consistently good, and most others I've tried just haven't offered me much to compare.
However, in a recent comment on a Facebook status I'd posted about visiting Amol, a friend made a convincing case for Dusmesh, so I took a chance, bringing along my brother Mike as an eating companion.
I thought that to be truly fair, I should order essentially what I usually get at Amol; as such, my meal consisted of paneer makhani, keshmeri nan, paneer pakoras, and a mango lassi.
The verdict: close call. The keshmeri nan was less flavorful than at Amol, and the paneer pakoras were very similar (though the tamarind chutney was a bit runny). The paneer makhani was superior, though, as the makhani sauce at Dusmesh was thicker in consistency, giving it more of a "main" dish feel; sometimes at other restaurants, the paneer makhani feels a bit insubstantial for a main. The mango lassi was excellent at Dusmesh, much tangier than at Amol.
As such, it is clear that more data needs to be gathered. I intend to do that quite soon.