a party of 4 had the tasting menu at Devi this past friday night at 7pm. a bottle of cloudy bay pinot noir for $67 was ordered as well.
first, the decor of the restaurant was nicer than your average indian but not as nice as shaan, tabla, or any of the midtown upscale indians. i was a bit disappointed since this a a new place but didn't look or feel like it at all.
the service was excellent. very upscale. water was always full, coats check upon entering, menu explained well, and everyone very sincere. was thoroughly impressed.
the service made me anticipate the food. the 6 courses of fine indian cuisine i had before dessert happened to be THE SALTIEST dishes i've ever had in my life in any restaurant! everything was so salty that we were all craving a bucket of naan that they serve at any cheap indian on 6th st. the flavors otherwise were all decent but the saltiness really ruined every dish served. mind you i like my salt and my wife says a little too much. i love lupa even when the kitchen sometimes does oversalt but Devi's food was 2 times worse. all 4 of us in our party could not believe how a restaurant could oversalt EVERY single dish in their whole tasting menu. anyway, as for dessert, it was horrible. not even sure what we had but it was gooey, musky, and it left a bad taste in your mouth for much too long... 2 cocktails after dinner couldn't even wash it away...
there were a few dishes i really liked despite the oversalting. the cauliflower mirch was very tasty and almost angon spicy. and the veal brain bruschetta with quail egg was a clear standout. actually thinking back it was the only dish that i believe was not oversalted. although the kidney bruschetta that came with was SEVERELY oversalted.
anyway, the dinner for 4 with a bottle of wine and a cocktail for each before came out to $335 w/o tip. the funning thing is after about the 3rd course we were all talking about angon and the old mina and how much we miss it. not what you would want to be talking about at what a few of the chowhounders claimed to be the BEST Indian in the city...
final thought: i hate to dismiss a place after just 1 visit especially since the service was exceptional and several of the dishes were fairly tasty despite the salt. however, the over salting was far too much for me to risk another visit... a place i wanted to like but instead i would like to warn other about!
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