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Debu's Nouvelle Indian Cuisine - A review


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Debu's Nouvelle Indian Cuisine - A review

stonedtoronto | Dec 4, 2008 06:30 PM

I've been wanting to try this restaurant for the past month. It opened around August of this year. Chef Debu Saha, formerly of Biryani House was featured in a few Toronto articles, so I thought I'd take my friend and see how it was.

My friend ordered the vegetarian tasting menu, while I ordered the non-vegetarian. While the tasting menu was presented on the table when we arrived, the regular menu came in a rolled paper script, which seemed a little unnecessary. But we also got the garlic naan from the regular menu.

We started off with an amuse bouche. Two spoons, one of black chick peas in tamarind sauce, and another of looked like a tomato, cucumber salad. My friend and I enjoyed the black chick peas, but she wouldn't try the tomato, cucumber salad. After I tried mine, I couldn't blame her.

Next for myself was the "Whole wheat Goan pao with spicy Goan beef sausage, onion salsa with cashew pheni vinaigrette", which I found to be tasty, but in all, nothing startling or exciting. My friend had the "Whole-wheat Goan pao with spicy marina potato bhaji, garlic flavoured Goan street-style tomato chutney", which she disliked, saying it was something her mother could make at home, and could make better.

The second course was "Kokum scented coconut-seafood soup drizzled with curry leaf olio, spicy seafood balchow flaky puff" for myself, and "Curry leaf and coconut-scented black eyed beans soup with vegetable porial flaky puff and tamarind-cashew pheni sauce", this was probably the highlight of the meal, we both enjoyed our soups, and I especially like the seafood puff.

The third was "Grain fed chicken xacuti with grilled tomato, masala yam wedges and fluffy basmati rice", and she had the "Young jackfruit racho curry with lentil-coconut pancake, masala yam wedges and fluffy basmati rice". The chicken I thought was done okay, it was a little dry, but spiced properly. The yam wedges were done extremely well. My friend didn't like her dish, and when the server came to take the plates away, she still had more than half on her plate.

Dessert consisted of "Coconut-scented rice pudding and jaggery-poached pears with nuts and dry fruits" and "Coconut jaggery brulée, wild berries muffin drizzled with warm cinnamon chocolate ". The desserts were for the most part done well, I especially like the brulee, one of the better ones I've had this year. However, the chocolate drizzled over much of both our plates didn't excite us.

There were 3 other tables occupied when we came in. Chef Debu at times hits his plates impeccably, other times, seems to miss completely. My friend did not finish any of her plates, save the soup. However, the server was very knowledgeable, and explained all the dishes with ease, and made us feel very welcomed. The naan bread which we ordered at the beginning didn't come until halfway through my third course.

I am glad I tried this restaurant, as it's been on my list for a while, but I doubt I will be going back unless a friend of mine insist on Indian food, even then, I might first suggest Amaya.

1 vegetarian tasting menu, 1 non-vegetarian tasting menu, 2 garlic naan, 2 glasses of wine, 1 coffee = $160 tax and gratuity included.

552 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, On

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