Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
So, needless to say that I was really excited to go to Lala Sahab. There, Chef Sharma crafted a modern menu influenced by Northern Indian food and organized in few categories of small plates perfect for sharing: Mumbai Bites, Bhatti Se (from the Tandoor) and Choolah Se (from the pan), served in a decor with warm colors, a nod to Indian spices and cultural history.
If you are a beer drinker, you can get some draft beers from local producers or the famous Indian beer, Kingfisher. I like beer, but, with Indian food, I prefer a mango lassi and the one I got was perfectly made: not too sweet and not watery at all, with a delicious mango taste.
We then got some papadum with mint and tamarind sauces before our dishes came, like having an apéro (the name given in France of the time before a meal when beverages are drunk with few snacks such a peanuts, olives or crackers).
The first dish to come was a sampler of two: a vegetable samosa and a tikka-wale samosa. The former is fairly common, but I admit that it was the first time I tried a chicken tikka samosa, more accustomed to see lamb whenever a non-vegetable samosa was proposed. And I loved both of them: these turnovers were delightfully crispy and very tasty, not spicy, and delicious with either the tamarind or mint sauces served with the papadum, or with the makhni sauce that came with the plate, another twist I guess on a classic Indian dish.
The second appetizer was the Dahi Batata Poori, that is masala Chickpeas and crisps topped with yogurt, mint and tamarind. I love this kind of dish that has a sweet and savory taste, the yogurt adding a refreshing taste.
Then came Lala's Chaap, lamb chops marinated in Indian spices, red wine and herbs. I was definitely looking forward to try this dish as the lamb at Surya was sublime and I was not disappointed: it was tender, perfectly cooked medium and had a nice kick to it.
Then came the entrées.
Saag paneer that is creamy spinach cooked with cottage cheese (paneer):
Sahab Ji’s Dal, a dish made with black lentils simmered on slow fire overnight and tempered with cumin and ginger:
Butter Chicken made with roasted chicken in a tomato and fenugreek sauce:
These dishes were really good, my favorite being the butter chicken. It was even better with the poori that is a whole-wheat puffed bread, that was nicely crispy and delightfully greasy, or with rice.
Last was dessert and we got to try two of our favorites! First was gulab jamun, these milk-balls that are fried and dipped in a sweet syrup.
The second was kheer that is rice pudding.
Both desserts were fantastic and a perfect way to finish a delicious meal. I was definitely not disappointed with Lala Sahab: it is a great place to eat Indian food and it will not be the last time I would go there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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