I had been missing going to Ajanta lately so I went in late last night and had the most wonderful meal. Lachu Moorjani introduces new entrees once a month and the addition this month was out of this world. The dish is from Mumbai and incorporates almonds, many spices, and boneless chicken thighs. Visually, the dish is sort of beige, but one forkful and you'll be seeing colors. Truly one of the best dishes I've ever eaten at Ajanta. The accompanying sides include a fantastic baby basmati rice (Kalijira?) that is very delicate with a small piece of fried onion on top. The apricot chutney goes especially well with this dish but I wouldn't recommend teasing it up with any achar (spiced pickles), the flavor is mild and needs very little to accent.
As usual the service at Ajanta was exceptional, and I never had to ask for water refills. I skipped the appetizers this time but their tandoor portobello and the new crab cakes are always excellent. A fine masala chai topped off the meal.
So if the winter's chill is getting to your bones, head over to Solano and treat yourself to one of the best restaurants in the whole bay area. It may be a few rupees more than your average curry house, but the quality and preparation are off the charts. I view it as the Chez Panisse of indian restaurants.
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