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Oddities at Moksha

BrookBoy | Jan 24, 200809:46 AM

Three of us tried Moksha, a very nice Indian restaurant on Murray Street near City Hall last night. My companions liked it a lot, and I liked it too, but not quite as much as they did. There were several oddities that I noticed that escaped my companions because of the way the evening unfolded.

I arrived first and got a very nice table next to the waterfall wall, which I liked a lot. Very soothing, very relaxing. The wine list consisted of maybe five whites and five reds (which to me was somewhat in contrast to the statement on their website that they have a rich wine list). I ordered a glass of Patz and Hall Chardonnay. What I got was the typical white wine from a bottle that has been open too long, something that tasted like a jug wine.

When my companions arrived, we decided to order a bottle of white (rather than ordering by the glass) and I asked for the Joseph Drouhin Chardonnay in the hopes that I'd like it better. The waiter informed us that they were out of all whites except the Patz and Hall, and they only had half bottles of that. Didn't bother my companions, but I thought it was quite odd. So we ordered two of the half bottles and as I expected, the wine that came out of the newly opened bottle tasted nothing like the glass of alleged Patz and Hall I had had earlier. I asked the waiter about that and he mumbled that I had finished the last glass of the last full-size bottle. I didn't want to make an issue of it, so I just let it drop.

So we decided to order some appetizers and bread, and they were out of the first two appetizers we ordered. By now I was a little suspicious, so I asked the waiter to let us know what else they were out of before we continued to order. It turned out that they were out of one or two items in each category on the menu. Again, this didn't really bother my companions (who were deep in a conversation, not having seen each other for some time), but it seemed odd to me.

From there the meal was just fine. We enjoyed the food we ordered (and we ordered a lot), the breads were good, and the service was great. the prices are very reasonable, with almost everything under $20.

All in all, my companions really enjoyed the evening, felt it was very worthwhile, and would go back anytime. I'd return too, but I'm still wondering about them being out of so many things (especially most of their white wines) on a Wednesday night.

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