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Ambrosia in Monterey (Indian)


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Ambrosia in Monterey (Indian)

jaweino | Jul 18, 2007 11:11 PM

A group of six hounds gathered at Amrosia this evening for an outstanding meal of Indian food. The weather was rather balmy and we had a rare treat of being able to have dinner on their front patio in July without being bundled up.

Let me say right up front that everyone liked every dish we were served, some more than others, but everything was really delicious and presented well.

As basket of Papadams and a container of pickles, tamarind chutney, and a green mild chutney. The pickles were very good and not too spicy. The tamarind was sweet and very tasty but not cloying.

For an appetizer we had CHOWK KE ALOO CHAT, panfried potato patties topped with spiced puffed wheat and a sweet and sour sauce. This was a very thick potato pancake that wasn't at all heavy or greasy with a rather delicate sauce.

A second appetizer was GAULATI KEBAB a very finely ground fried lamb patty with a slightly smoky flavor.

KEEMA KULCHA was a soft bread stuffed with spiced minced lamb, that reminded me of a lamb sausage.

We had both plain and garlic NAAN. I didn't have the Garlic Naan, but the plain was fine, I've had better and worse.

We then moved on to main courses.

KURKURI BHINDI crispy okra tossed with sauteed onions and fresh clantro.

PALAK PANEER North Indian spinach and soft cheese.

BAIGAN BHARTA Tandoori baked eggplant cooked with onions, tomatoes, and homemade spices. It had a wonderful smoky flavor.

BADAMI GOSHT KORMA Lamb cooked in an almond and safron sauce.

MUGHALAI GOAT CURRY We had this one prepared a bit spicier than the others (6 on a scale of 10)

GOA FISH CURRY Cubes of halibut cooked in a Goan curry sauce

They make their own ice creams and we tried several of them: Mango, Lychee, and Rosewater as wellas Kulfi. All were very good.

We also had a wonderful CARROT PUDDING with ice cream.

Finally we ha RAS MALAI, Fresh cream cheese balls in a cream sauce. This was my favorite dessert. It was very rich and flavorful and light.

We left stuffed and happy. The bill including tip and 8 beers and 3 glasses of wine was

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