I was asking myself that this evening. I had Indian for lunch and I found myself going into a Pakistani place for dinner. North Indian and Pakistani food have more than a passing resemblance to each other, and I wondered why I hadn’t been satisfied earlier. I quickly let that pass because apparently I hadn’t been…
I tried a place that I had previously only been in for lunch. Honestly, their lunch buffet is probably the least inspiring of all of the ones in that shopping center. Dinner was a little different. I ordered some Pakora, a “fresh lime” drink, and lamb Khorhaini (sp?).
You can think of Pakora as pakistani fries, they are made up of potatoes, onions, and other veggies, battered and deep fried. They have a good amount of that “curry” kind of vibe to them and are generally very yummy. Well, the plate they bought out would have fed three people! I ended up taking a lot of it home.
The “fresh lime” drink was both less and more than I was expecting. It was little more than sprite with added lime juice and a big slice of lemon in it. Kind of disappointing, until I drank it. Turns out that liming up sprite will give you a drink that fulfills the promise of the various lemon/lime drinks out there that never really satisfy on their own. I’m going to have to try this on my own.
The lamb dish was amazing. Big hunks of lamb and… err, lamb stuff in an amazing sauce. There was ginger, cloves, lemon, what looked and tasted like jalapenos, and God knows what else combined in a flavor that makes me keep going back to places like this. It took me a moment or two to remember that when a restaurant like this says “lamb,” they mean it all comes from a lamb. I shouldn’t just expect the choice cuts, there was all sorts of cartilage, bone, veins, etc. in there as well as meat. I’m sure it all adds to the flavor, but I’m still a but too squeamish to dig into that without picking through it.
So to answer my question, I hope i never get my fill! I do love living here, eating immigrant food beats the hell out of the gentrified, over priced fare you get in trendier parts of town. If you ever come this way, I’ll be happy to introduce you to the real thing:-)