Phew, I'm so glad I listened to everyone who replied to my distress call about Xacutti the other day. Went there with hubby and another couple last night and had a great evening.
Everyone loved the food. It's definitely Indian fusion, so to expect authentic Indian cooking would be a mistake. Instead, if you expect fine dining using Indian spices and flavours, you'll be much happier. For apps, the yam fries were addictive and the naan with spiced paneer melted on it was a fun alternative to bread and olive oil. Mains included a seared and roasted chicken breast served over basmati w/cashews & raisins with mango chutney and a mild yellow curry to dump over the whole shebang. It reminded me of the chicken biryani at Mildred Pierce (which is a good thing). The two fish dishes were also given a thumbs up (a striped bass w/pomegranate reduction and a wild salmon w/mustard & dill).
Desserts were delish twists on comfort food. Banana split had a grilled banana with a burnt sugar crust and a cardomom-caramel ice cream, and the ginger donuts were heavenly -- crisp on the outside with soft dense cake donut on the inside and served w/a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream to balance it out.
Service was very good, not too obstrusive, but there when we needed her and helpful about choosing from the menu. And she was really accommodating about our friends being late.
The only off note was the naan. Not even close to what naan should be -- it was very dense and a little mushy/chewy. I'm guessing they don't have a tandoor to properly bake naan. Oh well.
So thanks everyone for reassuring me about this place. I really enjoyed the dinner and the ambience. Dinner for four with a round of cocktails and 4 glasses of wine came to $280 + a generous tip.