Before I get started, I’d just like to ask all of you to send some happy fluffy, get-well-soon vibes to my mom (aka Mrs. Herb Garden.) She took a nasty tumble this weekend and broke both of her knees. She had surgery today and I while I sat in ‘worry’ mode, I couldn’t help but wonder just how they heck she made it through my multiple reconstructive surgeries and broken bones. Mom jobs. They stink.
Anyhoo, back to food. Meet Cayman’s restaurant club.
Rachel – ‘Wanna join a club that meets once a month at a local restaurant and eats as much as they possibly can?’
Me – ‘Yes, please.’
Restaurant Club has been around for a while, but this was the first time I got an inside invite to attend. This month’s pick was Southern Spice in Baytown Plaza along West Bay Road. Southern Spice opened a few months ago and features ‘traditional Indian cuisine.’ I hadn’t been there before so I was very excited. Having Rachel and Clark Kent there was an added bonus because I knew I’d get to try a bit of whatever they ordered as well 🙂
For our starters, CK chose the lamb stuffed naan prepared with a ‘blend of spices and cooked in a tandoor oven.’ He says it tasted very good but the portion was a bit overwhelming and it was a touch on the greasy side. Clark Kent gave it a B+ overall.
Rach and I split the Combo Platter #1 with lamb seekh kebabs, chicken tikka and samosas. The chicken was fantastic. It was perfectly cooked, perfectly spiced and lasted about 3 minutes before we managed to scarf it all down. The samosas were okay. They didn’t really have much flavor. The kebabs were not good. They were very dry and had an unpleasant consistency.
My main course was Masala Fried Fish; spicy fillet of fresh mahi, grilled and served with Punjabi kadhi. At first bite, things weren’t looking so good. It was a little fishy and I was immensely disappointed. I kept eating and I’m glad I did because with the exception of that first bite it was very good. The spicy sauce was outstanding and the dish was served with some lovely rosemary naan. Again, WAY too much food, but I suppose that’s better than not enough 🙂
CK had the Chicken Biryani. ‘Terrific.’ It wasn’t too spicy and he was especially fond of the toasted almonds which he said were a nice touch.
And finally we get to Rachel’s dish, bless her. I must admit, I may have had a little wine-out-the-nose incident when she likened her Saag Chicken to ‘a bit of swamp.’
We skipped dessert and opted to head to Karma instead for a little post-dinner cocktail. All in all, we had a lovely time at our first restaurant club event and can’t wait to for next month’s meeting to arrive.
Combo Platter 1: $24.95
Lamb Naan: $7.95
Chicken Biryani: $16.95
Masala Fried Fish: $21.95
Saag Chicken: $16.95
All prices in CI. $1 CI = $1.20 US
Finally, I just want to let y’all know I’m going to be a little quiet over the next few days because I’m going to be knee deep in Prathna‘s upcoming wedding. It will be my first traditional Indian wedding and I cannot WAIT!
|Prathlejandro’s beachside ceremony in West Bay