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Report: Belgian Beer Tasting & Curry Dive at Toronado

beanbag | Apr 28, 200405:29 PM

Last night, almost 20 hounds descended on Toronado on Haight Street to take advantage of both the pub's annual Belgian Beer Month and the proximity of four Indian restaurants for an extravaganza of food and drink.

Seasoned beer afficionados, Jesse and nja, led us through a series of 3 beer flights (containing about 4 different beers per flight) in a progression from the lighter, drier beers such as Orval and Hoegarrden, and progressing through to the richly flavored triple-style beers. I will let others do a more in-depth commentary on the many beers we sampled. As for me, I particularly enjoyed the DeKonnick Winter Cuvee, the Hoegaarden as a lighter summer refresher, and the Orval.

We ordered a variety of dishes from four nearby Indian spots: Raja, Naan n' Chutney, Indian Oven, and Rotee -- and brought them in for a great smorgasbord to accompany our beer.

Below are the items we ordered from Naan n' Chutney, and some quick impressions from me. Everybody, please chime in with comments and the ordered items from the other places.

Naan n' Chutney
- Seekh Kabob: Terribly dry, and lacking in the requisite outer charred parts. It fared poorly when compared to the seekh kabobs from other places.

- Bhindi Ghosht: Okra cooked with lamb in blend of spices --- I enjoyed this one, maybe because I love okra.

- Karahi Ghosht: Stir-fried lamb cooked with special spices

- Palak Paneer: Spinach cooked w/Pakistani cheese --- very spicy for palak paneer, in a good way, IMHO.

- Chana Masala: Pretty unremarkable. Seemed a little mushy to me.

- Fish Curry: Nice and subtle flavors, but not enough fish.

- Lamb Biryani: Unremarkable

- Tandoori Lamb Chops

- Achar Gosht

- Garlic Naan

All in all, it was a great evening and very educational. Toronado Pub was very gracious in reserving the side room for our motley crew and tolerating the Indian aromas wafting out of the room. Thanks for a fun night!

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