i just went last night for dinner!
the place was definetly hopping. i had to wait a minute or 2 for my table. we were sat upstairs (it was my boyfriend and i). it was my first time at Tabla. i loved the mosaics everywhere. the interior design was very eye-catching.
our reservations were at 6:45. the service was good and accessible the whole night. we were there for 2 hours and never felt rushed, even though we were sitting at a 4 top.
to start we were served chilled cucumber soup...it was good, but similar to the sides we usually get at indian food restaurants. i had a delicious tamarind margarita and he had the "tablatini". the lemongrass gave the drink a real interesting flavor. the list of cocktails all sounded unusual. my boyfriend later had a cocktail with jalepenos and cucumber. my first reaction was "gross!" but i tried it and it was like a party in my mouth. i loved the contrast of cool and spicy tastes.
they also served a small basket of papadum-type bread and little fried rice puffs with a tomato chutney on the side. it was nice to have, but didn't really knock my socks off. the chutney was like a sweet tomato sauce.
i ordered off the RW menu, and my boyfriend did the regular prix-fixe. for our appetizers, i had the pan-roasted vermont quail...very tender, nice roasted flavor. it was accompanied by green lentils with bacon. my boyfriend had the fava bean salad, which had cashews, cilantro (or parsley) and one other ingredient which i have forgotten. it was nice and fresh and light. a good summer salad. oh, i also had the 2 course wine pairing with the meal. so with my appetizer i had this amazing sauvignon blanc from india. light and a little sweet medium bodied.
we were brought out this amazing rosemary-infused naan bread. it was quite tasty. piping-hot and slightly doughy. it was some of the best naan i've ever had. they also served this green sauce with it...which was fine, i can't even remember what was in it.
for our entrees, i had the rice crusted halibut which was served in this semi-spicy tomato sauce with watermelon and topped with a tangy watermelon rind. the fish itself, was pretty plain. but when combined with all the other ingredients, all the flavors worked really well together. i also had a glass of riesling from germany, which was a little fruity and went well with the fish. my boyfriend had the wild king salmon (medium rare) and it was served with (more) fava beans and the large-type pearl couscous. he really enjoyed it.
i got chai masala, which always hits the spot.
for dessert, i had the strawberry shortbread. which had this creamish filling and toasted almonds and this strawberry gelitan. the shortbread melted in your mouth. i could have eaten about 5 more of those. my boyfriend had a frozen tahitian vanilla dessert that was served like a cone and had this edible gold-leaf accent and a caramel brittle layer on the bottom. the presentation of the desserts were really interesting.
our total bill came to $161 dollar excluding tip...i really thought it was worth it for the type and quality of the food we got. i really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant...it was somewhat classy but not at all pretentious and i never felt uncomfortable or rushed. there was a good diverse mix of people. i don't know if it's always like that, or because of RW. all in all, i would definetly come back for another meal.
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