I think the Parisian Indian restaurants are more authentic because they have not invented any dishes for the French, whereas some of the Indian "specialities" in Britain do not exist in India. Out in the provinces, however, I'm sure the dishes have been modified for timid palates.
I was taaken to the Omega Ouzeri in Capitol Hill last night. It's an fairly upscale Greek place - yeah, I know, a contradiction in terms. We had a very smokey melizanosalata with big chunks of walnuts; toasts spread with rabbit stifado paté and topped with bitter greens and candied kumquats; delicious roast potatoes; roast quail served with beets and lentils. Couple of glasses of wine which we never heard of. Total: $82 USD.
Milos is a well-known, upscale Greek restaurant here in Montréal, and there are others. A Toronto friend of Greek origin says that there is nothing of the kind there, though Toronto is a much wealthier city and there are certainly at least as many Greek-Torontonians.
Looks like too much sauce at K2's Indian place. But the last Indian place I ate at here wasn't "saucy" at all as it is South Indian and very different cuisine.
This is Vancouver's best Indian restarant, Vij's. No anonymous meat in brown sauce, which is the fare of most Indian restaurants.
APPETIZERS Vij’s Monarch Butterfly – raw sugar and ghee braised squash with wood ear mushrooms 13½ Chickpeas in black cardamom and clove curry on grilled coconut kale 13½ Garam masala sautéed portobello mushrooms in porcini cream curry 14 Eggplant in thick yogurt and garlic curry 14 Khoa paranta with tangy tomato-onion chutney 13½ Jackfruit in black cardamom and cumin curry 13½ Mutton kebobs with Bengali style curry 14 Samosas filled with lamb and beef, sautéed in fennel and sumac 13½ Local pork belly with apple mint chutney (per spoon) 3¾ Punjabi Heart Attack! spicy cashews, paneer + ghee 3¾
MAINS (vegetarian) Grilled vegetables on semolina noodles, lentil pilaf with Kalonji curry 19 Salad trio: cauliflower-quinoa pilaf, tomato-cumin Brussels sprouts, lentil-wheat berry salad 19 Kalonji sautéed vegetables on coconut curried brown rice + black chickpea pilaf 26½ Saag-paneer with Punjabi daal and chapati 24 Vegetable koftas in creamy tomato curry with green beans 26
MAINS (meat) Beef shortribs in cinnamon and red wine curry 29 Rajasthani style spicy goat with mildly spiced vegetables 28½ Grilled venison on tamarind-date purée with grilled vegetables 29 Wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on turmeric and spinach potatoes 29¾ Pork tenderloin in tangy cayenne and ginger curry 29 Lemon-ghee marinated grilled chicken breast with roasted garlic and fenugreek seed-lime leaf curry 28½ Grilled sablefish in yogurt-tomato broth on navy bean and onion masala 29¾ Rainbow trout in coconut and fenugreek masala with wheat berry pilaf 28
Yes, I have eaten there, it's lovely; it's beside one of the theatres in town so it's handy. No reservations, so you have to stand on the sidewalk with free chai. I'll never be able to try their cricket dishes, though. Give me the creeps.
I hear Vancouver has the world's largest Punjabi population outside of, well, the Punjab.
That's right, lagatta. There are also lots of daily specials. We have plenty of Indian restaurants with multitudinous dishes where you choose how hot you like it. Vij is trying something different. At the closest Indian restaurant in Seattle, every "sauce" comes with its choice of protein, which isn't very authentic at all.
For reasons a bit complicated to explain, I found myself in a tourist restaurant where I had a really quite good "Norwegian salad" which had perhaps only one Norwegian ingredient, if that -- smoked salmon. The rest consisted of crayfish, sliced avocado, tomato, lettuce, and orange and grapefruit wedges, none of which are generally known as Norwegian products.
It was almost perfect to combat the 30° heat, but the big beer helped a lot.
My most recent restaurant meal was celebrating "Bastille Day" in Seattle. A local French bistro closed off a section of street and served a buffet for $25. Grilled chicken, roast potatoes, Greek salad, corn and blueberry salad (!), and sauteed green beans. Cake for dessert. Cheap wine on tap. I particularly liked the Bastille cocktail: sparkling wine, pomegranate juice and St-Germain liqueur. We had a moment's silence for Nice, and sang Le Marseillaise. I remembered the words from Grade 3.
Seems like a waste of blueberries. Are European myrtilles similar? I've never happened to eat them in France or anywhere else in Europe. Maize is about the most North and Central American thing there is...
But not a problem as there was so much good food, and such a bargain. Cheap wine on tap is almost none-existent here...
Right now I have no appetite whatsoever as I had to run an errand and it is 30° here too, with a humidex of 34, and going up a bit more this afternoon. I just hope the water I put in the freezer and fridge will chill soon. Plain tap water (our tap water is very good) and also a big bottle of Borsec mineral water from Romania, a water with a lot of calcium and magnesium. I usually drink plain tap water, but that kind is good against cramping from heat and exertion.
Buffalo Grill is the largest sit-down restaurant chain in France and is a steakhouse chain. Therefore it is not at all a fast food restaurant, and in any case I did not eat a hamburger there. I absolutely never order a hamburger in a table service restaurant. Unlike some people I know.
I shared frog's legs in garlic butter (could have used some salt) with the people I was with, and gave some of my pork chop to someone who would much rather have had that than the uber-healthy grilled cod fish which had been ordered. There was also a chocolate mousse, but it was more like warm pudding.