Maybe am getting tired of all the cookies, Mexican and Continental dishes that are in most menus in all our holiday parties that I am suddenly hankering for something exotic like Indian food.
When I was in Monterey, my friend Fatima, treated me to an Indian lunch at Ambrosia. She knew my knowledge of Indian dishes was very poor and I was all sport to try them. All I needed was someone who’s familiar with what to order and a buffet was good so I could try many dishes in one visit. It was comforting to have someone who’s fond of the place and so there’s less guess-work. It turned out that Moroccan and Indian dishes carry some similarities – they use almost the same spices only in different ways and quantities.
Almost everything I tried was good but my favorite was the butter chicken. Unfortunately they only had chicken and vegan dishes. I was looking forward to trying lamb or other meat but what they had was a good sampling. I also liked their lentil soup and other vegan dishes which you eat with na’an. This particular bread was fresh, soft, light and airy at Ambrosia unlike the store-bought ones I’ve tried in the past.
I want to try some Indian restaurants here in Chicago but I need someone who’s more knowledgeable than me. If you ask me what I had in my first foray at the Indian restaurant, the only one I could remember and most familiar with was the chicken tandoori. Unfortunately none of my Filipino friends are fond of Indian food or as adventurous as I am.
Now that some of my negative impressions of Indian dishes are unfounded – they are not as spicy as I thought and the strength of the spices were very well moderated or modulated, am willing to try more soon.