An update is long overdue as even though I have been coming here back and forth I never got to try the chef's menu. Some cases it was the dietary restrictions of the friends and sometime it was the lack of willingness to trust the chef instincts by fellow diners that didn't allow me to order the chef's menu (note to self maybe I should have friends who are ok with tasting/chef menu vs just friends you go out to eat with :)
Anyways so with two open food minded friends in tow we came here on a scorcher of a day. We started out with a round of cocktails and ordered the chef's menu. The place started to fill up quick. Here is a play by play.
Naan with curry dip. Not quite roti pratha but the curry packed a nice punch and was rich enough to be mopped by the warm naan.
Mung bean chat: This went well on a hot day as has bold flavors with a variety of textures yet a cool finish (served cold).
Brussel sprouts: Decent for what they are and are not the overcooked or oily mess one usually gets
Chicken 685. I had tried this dish when they introduced it and wasn't impressed initially. Things have improved for the better. Nice tender dark meat with a complex spice mix (60+ ingredients from what we were told) and nice crisp on the skin.
Thai whole fish: a sight to behold. I really enjoyed the tamarind sauce which covered the fish. The side of jicama salad also bodes well for this dish. This would do well if you like fish with bold flavors.
Shrimp and Makai curry. Very good dish that still holds well. I enjoyed the sweet corn as it adds a nice change of texture with sweet corn going well with the bold taste for the curry. Nice contrast of sweet to elevate curry dishes IMO.
Ismaili beef curry rib. I am a big fan of this dish and pretty much order it everytime I visit. Layer upon layer of taste with succulent fall of the bone meat. I have a penchant for beef rib so an obvious bias as well.
Falooda. A nice cooling finish to the meal. I wasn't a fan of their other dessert offering as don't enjoy the mithai type options from the subcontinent. This one has nice delicate flavors. I am surprised that I was able to pick those up as usually the taste buds go numb after a strong flavored meal. We are talking rose essence, roasted almonds and stone fruits here (peach that day).
At this price point the chef's menu is heck of a deal and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. 4.5 Stars for chef menu and at this price point run don't walk to try it out.
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