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Devi Saturday Night review

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Devi Saturday Night review

Jen T | Oct 25, 2004 01:40 PM

Boyfriend and I went to Devi for a 9:00pm reservation. We didn't get seated until 9:40pm, but that was the only terrible part of the service. It seemed like the staff needs to get trained ... and quickly! There were many couples waiting to get seated and several (up to 5) tables open, but no tableware. Though there were always a few staff members congregating. But! The place is very pretty, but not as plush as most Indian restaurants tend to be. A little bit like London in that way. The Big door is Drafty -- I can't imagine coming here in the winter time without scarf and gloves!

Anyway, on to the food ... This was the best Indian food we've ever had in the US.
Appetizers
- 3 samosas. Cauliflower, potato and lentil, and turkey-something. 3 tiny portions, just enough for 1 little bite of each.
- Garlic naan. perfect. not too garlicky, just crisp and beautiful.
- Chicken Tikka Masala. Divine juicy chicken. Perfectly moist. I could drink a bucket of the sauce.

Main courses
- Goan Shrimp. 4 huge huge pieces of the sweetest shrimp in a spicy coating. I'm allergic to shellfish, but had to try -- boyfriend remarked that it was almost better than lobster.
- Lamb shanks. 4 lamb shanks with pear chutney and some sort of potato stuff. Tender, tasty fall off the bone sort of meat. (and yes, I'm allergic to lamb too, but for this dish and cassoulet, I will make the sacrifice!)
- Crispy okra. Not really to my taste. The okra were deep fried, but seemed a bit over greasy. The vinegar sauce didn't help. However, the fresh tomato and onion was a good contrepoint for flavor and texture.

We couldn't have fit another bite! However, the lavender mint tea was a perfect ending. Overall the food was amazing, but should have been given the cost.

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