Devi - Restaurant Week Review
So last night I dined at Devi for RW...
We started with a cheeky amuse--a little onion pakora fritter. This is typically served as street food in India, and so to see it on a lily-white plate and elevated to a level of such refinement made me chuckle a bit. But it was certainly very good, and a nice way to start the meal.
I had the sprouted mung bean and corn chaat for my first course--a mistake. This time, the chefs' efforts at lifting a humble dish into the culinary stratosphere was a pretty big bust. The dish was woefully underseasoned, and the corn/mung salad was served in little puff-pastry cups that made the whole thing taste like cardboard. And there was no chutney! Seriously, wtf.
Second course was the much-touted lamb chops. They were cooked wonderfully, but slightly underseasoned and lukewarm when they got to the table. The accompanying masala potatoes were lovely, though.
Dessert was the pista kulfi with citrus soup. The kulfi was spectacular--velvety, not overly sweet, and just lip-smackin' good. The soup, though, totally killed it for me. It was so overly tangy that it totally killed the delicacy of kulfi, and it kinda made the whole thing just taste like Sunny D. A drag, because pista kulfi is one of my all-time favorite desserts.
The naan during the meal was great, and the post-meal chai was great, but the service was rushed. We had an early reservation--maybe they were trying to get rid of us?--and they were definitely pretty quick in getting the courses out and moving us along.
The bright spots were bright enough that they outshone some of the more mediocre patches of the meal, but I expected much better. Especially compared to the couple of times I've eaten at Tamarind.
Haven't yet been to Tabla, but I'll get around to it one of these days...