Thaks to the Internet (well, Fnarf, in fairness) for recommending Vij's, especially the cheaper Rangoli take-out/eat-in version next door. I, apparently, have never had good Indian food in my entire life. The best analogy I can think of is if you had only ever eaten at Azteca and thought that that was Mexican food.
They use fresh ingredients. They use plenty of spices. They give a shit. It was three times as good as the best Indian I had had previously, at Mirch Masala, which was 10 times as good as generic Indian buffet fare.
What I want to know is, why isn't there a truly good Indian food restaurant in Seattle? Or is there? Or as Tom says, basically, "Vietnamese: Monsoon, Indian:?"