Saturday, April 2, 2011
East is East: Rockin' the Casbah with Silk Route Feasts
The boulani is a step up in flavour and texture since its stuffed, but I thought both were good vehicles for the delicious sauces- chutney, hot sauce, mango pickle, and herbed yogurt.
This is the best of their mains! The eggplants were sautéed, tender, and stringy – didn’t seem baked and practically melted in your mouth with subtle spices. It comes topped with raita which is basically yogurt- giving it more body and thickening up the dish.
Alu Gobi: Cauliflower and potato in a tangy tomato coconut sauce. This is another favourite- tender vegetable in a butter chicken-esque sauce.
Saag Paneer: Whipped spinach and paneer (Indian cheese) with mushrooms. This dish was a miss and really bland. Also, I didn't get any mushrooms in this dish ( i think they may have been out that night).
Chickpeas: Chick peas, onions, tomato, herbs & spices. A take on the classic dish, Channa Masala. Creamy and a very mild spice level. I wish it had more flavour.
All in all, there were some hits and misses with the mains (most of the dishes are super westernized and the flavours are a bit safe to please a wide audience- I wish there was more SPICE!) but overall we were really happy with our feasts, attentive service, and overall experience (especially when the 6 piece gypsy folk jazz rock ensemble started playing world music and covers around 8pm.) This is an awesome place for a date or to take an out of town visitor.