December 20, 2009 at 12:20 am , by Serina Patrick
My neighbor LG, her friend RT and I had an impromptu (OMG, like spontaneous!) dinner at Desi Spice Indian in Midtown Promenade Saturday night. It’s been years since I’ve had Indian food. I love it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on some naan!
The restaurant is small, with a standard ethnic decor. The staff, all of whom came to our table at one time or another, is dressed in matching traditional tunics and pants. Service was OK, although my questions about the wine seemed to perplex them.
We started with naan and raita, plus some mango chutney, which was more like syrupy marmalade. The raita was great except for the huge chunks of cucumber discovered at the end. It’s so strange that I like raita since I thoroughly hate cucumbers. But I like tzaziki sauce too….go figure! LG and I split a bottle of Gewurtztraminer….something sweet to cut the spice.
RT was in the mood for chicken tikka, marinated chunks of chicken cooked in the tandoori oven. LG had the kashmiri chicken in a yogurt sauce redolent of banana. I chose my favorite Indian dish, vindaloo with shrimp. The spiciest of Indian curries, the menu warned “don’t blame us tomorrow”. Whatever! Pussies.
RT’s mango lassi was more juice than yogurt. The added ice watered it down too. Along with the entrees we decided to get the rice with peas and raisins and the sag paneer which is cremed spinach with cubes of homemade cheese. The flavor of this dish was good but it was served barely warm.
LG’s dish was creamy and rich, although on the sweet side with raisins and banana. My vindaloo hit the spot but I’ve certainly had it hotter. I sampled RT’s chicken tikka which was very tender and flavorful.
We ended on a sweet note with creamy spiced rice pudding with raisins. Everything was good but nothing was amazing, however, satisfying on a cold Winter’s night.
931 Monroe Drive NE 404-872-2220
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