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Restaurant Review: Demarchelier Summer 2019 Menu

Summer is sadly slowly coming to an end but there is still some time left to enjoy a few of what makes summertime a wonderful season. The fall season is still a month away, so there’s plenty of time left to partake in a fantastic summer menu. We had the pleasure of doing just that when we journeyed back to experience the Demarchelier Summer 2019 menu. We were once again welcomed by Emily Demarchelier, for an evening of gourmet dining that captured the essence of authentic French cuisine.

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

For the summer season, Demarchelier features many signature dishes including Pate De Campagne, Filet of Herring with Potato Salad and Moules Mariniere (which we enjoyed on our last visit), for an appetizing start to a full course dinner. Delicious entrees transporting you to France include the succulent Duck Confit with white beans (another favorite from our last visit), Rainbow Trout Meuniere and Filet Mignon. The dessert menu boasts an assortment of sweet treats including the Crème Caramel (Flan), Profiteroles with chocolate sauce and Crepes Suzette with Grand Marnier. While there were dishes were already familiar to our palates, we opted for the Demarchelier summer 2019 menu items we hadn’t experienced before. Here is our summer menu journey.

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

Surrounded by the paintings of Eric Demarchelier, we were ready to traverse the Demarchelier Summer 2019 menu and surrender ourselves to the wonderful French flavors.

COCKTAILS

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

We started our review with a bang of a cocktail, a drink to remind us that the fall season is approaching. The second cocktail was more along the refreshing and sweet side, thanks to its unconventional flavor. Check them both out below:

Le Normandie – vodka and Père Jules Pommeau shaken with a dried apple garnish. Bold and potent, this cocktail is perfect for brandy lovers.

Kumquat Margarita – Casamigos Tequila Blanco, fresh lime juice, and Kumquat liqueur. If you’re a fan of Limoncello, you will love this cocktail; it’s refreshing, vibrant, and sweet.

STARTERS

QUICHE OF THE DAY – GOAT CHEESE & ARUGULA

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW:  We love a good savory pastry and Dermarchelier’s the daily Quiche offering hits the spot every time. Tonight we dined on a Goat Cheese and Arugula Quiche sitting on a bed of fresh greens. It’s a meal in pie form but not too filing that it would prevent you from enjoying your full course.

PATE DE CAMPAGNE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

LUCIANA: Its combination of pork and beef, rustic texture and rich flavors were sublime. Every bite melts in your mouth. It forces you to pause a few times to appreciate the beautiful assault on your palette. Served with a fresh salad and creamy sauce, I found myself eating slowly hoping this culinary experience would last forever. This tender, French country style pate is a definite must to try.

MAIN COURSES

BISON BURGER ON A BAGUETTE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

LUCIANA: I’ve wanted to experience the bison burger, and this was my first time doing so; and what an introduction I received! I was not at all disappointed with this distinct cheeseburger. What I discovered was a delicious, succulent burger charred to perfection. Served on a crispy baguette (a lovely change from the traditional bun), and topped with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions and your choice of cheese. I especially love the fact that this meat is lower in fat than traditional beef but still tastes so incredibly good. I would recommend this dish over and over.

WHOLE BRANZINO WITH MEUNIERE SAUCE

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Great food is my weakness and this superbly prepared whole Branzino with an amazing Meunière  (lemon butter) sauce hit every tastebud with strategic levels of mindblowing flavor. Whether you’re a seafood lover or not, this cooked-to-perfection mild-tasting and versatile fish is an absolute win.

SIDES

POMMES FRITES

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GLASGOW: I was in the mood for a bit of British influence, so naturally needed these Pomme Frites to go with my branzino. The fresh-cut Frites were wonderfully crisp and soft at the same time, and there was a very faint sweetness to the flavor. The result was an empty plate.

MIXED VEGETABLES – BEETS & GRILLED POLENTA

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Since we paired a carb side with our Branzino, we opted for an equally rustic side of vegetables. In this case, beets and grilled Polenta. The beauty of polenta is its mild enough to mix beautifully with stronger-flavored foods; perfect for my branzino.

DESSERTS

PROFITEROLLES w/ Chocolate Sauce

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LUCIANA: I love chocolate but melted chocolate drizzled over ice cream sandwiched between French choux pastry balls are heavenly. The semi-sweet puffs, vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate sauce made for a decadent combination of texture and taste. Every bite to the last was exquisite.

TARTE TATIN w/ Vanilla Ice Cream

Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

GLASGOW: Some may say there’s nothing like a warm slice of apple pie but one bite of Demarchelier’s Tarte Tatin would change their minds. It may be a simple dessert but its flavors are anything but. This is definitely one of the most hedonistic a la mode desserts I’ve enjoyed.

Emily Demarchelier at Demarchelier Restaurant in New York

There’s also about Demarchelier to love besides the art and wonderful summer 2019 menu.  The wonderful hospitality from Emily Demarchelier is unsurpassed. You really feel the family warmth, tradition, and generational pride as soon as you step foot into its homey ambiance. Whether it’s your first, second, or fifty-first visit to the Demarchelier French Bistro, you’ll always want to come back.

Demarchelier Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

‘Check, Please!’ Restaurants Including Fee In Bills To Cover Employee Healthcare

Healthcare has been a part of the national conversation in the United States for some time. Different solutions have been a part of trying to figure things out, but one thing remains certain: not everyone has access to the healthcare they need.

It’s common for people to think of their own healthcare without much considering what others are going through. Many Americans receive health insurance through their employers, but this isn’t the case for all American workers. This is especially true of the service industry. Your servers, bussers, bartenders, barbacks, cooks, etc. don’t often receive healthcare benefits through their jobs. Obviously, this doesn’t make them need it any less, yet they remain in a difficult situation when it comes to accessing affordable healthcare. This can be particularly taxing when workers in these industries work peculiar hours or multiple different service jobs.

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A little perspective: people can bill a 45 to 60 minute acupuncture session to their insurance company in the name of wellness, but large groups of service industry workers lack any insurance to cover even the cost of an annual checkup. Some restaurants are attempting to rectify this issue by passing a percentage of the cost onto the customers. As you can imagine, restaurants that have decided to do this receive all manner of mixed feelings, opinions, and comments. Let’s explore.

To explain how it works in the most basic sense, let’s say you’re out to eat with friends. The four of you have dinner, a couple of bottles of wine, and dessert. When it comes time to pay the bill and leave, your receipt breaks down the cost and you’ll see the typical things, but among them is one you haven’t seen before: healthcare tax, for instance. It’s not much, maybe even a few dollars compared to the rest of your bill. This extra tax is being added to your bill to help the restaurant pay for health insurance for their service staff. Some like the idea, others don’t.

With the average age of retirement at age 63, health insurance becomes an increasingly important consideration for everyone. By 2030, more than 20% of the population will be above age 65, and as age and time increase, so does the need for proper and affordable healthcare options. As such, closer attention is being paid to the healthcare access of the historically underserved restaurant industry. We mentioned the people who were adverse toward spending an extra percentage on an added health insurance tax at a restaurant, but there are many who support and champion the idea.

This isn’t a new thing, with restaurants across the country adding these provisions to their guest checks. Some help cover health insurance costs, others supply service industry workers with higher wages, paid time off, and the like. While some restaurants make this fee optional and give guests the freedom to remove such fees from their bill, others announce them as non-optional. A simple, small cost for the service provided and an investment into the community that serves. The move has been largely accepted by diners who, for the most part, aren’t going to cease frequenting a favorite restaurant for reason of paying a small percentage toward the waitstaff. Still, others aren’t so keen, saying that such fees rob guests while negatively impacting the tips that make a bulk of service worker wages.

Millions of Americans donate to charities every year, which are contributions that receive tax kickbacks. Nobody bats an eye at such things, but the same isn’t true for adding a small percentage to a restaurant guest check to help pay for an establishment’s waitstaff health insurance. There seems to be a disconnect there, thus the issue remains split. One thing, however, remains the same: people aren’t going to stop going out to eat and the service industry isn’t going anywhere. Where this brings us down the road remains to be seen.

As always, tip your servers and bartenders.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

The Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass is Back and Better Than Ever

It’s back again pasta lovers and this time, it’s bigger than ever. We’re talking about the annual Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass of course. Once again Olive Garden fans and pasta lovers will get the opportunity to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited pasta, homemade sauces, and toppings, and of course soup or salad and Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks. This time around the revered Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass comes with a bigger and better option. Read on to find out more.

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The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include the New! Creamy Spinach & Artichoke, Creamy Mushroom, Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, and Alfredo Sauce. The toppings include the New! Garden Veggies, Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

This year, 23,000 $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes will be available for purchase, 1,000 more than last year, but as we’ve all seen in the past, the Never Ending Pasta Passes sell out as FAST! For the first time ever, Olive Garden offers an opportunity to enjoy unlimited pasta for an entire year. That’s right, in addition to the regular 8 weeks of never ending pasta, Olive Garden has introduced the new Annual Pasta Pass. The first-of-its-kind Annual Pasta Pass includes all of the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass for all 52 weeks of the year, which is less than $1.00 a day. 1,000 superfans will get the opportunity to buy the exclusive Annual Pasta Pass for only $300.00.

The countdown is on so make sure your clicking finger is properly prepared. The Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and the NEW Annual Pasta Pass go on sale Thursday, Aug. 23 at 2 pm. If you’re not lucky enough to get one of these pasta passes, you can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $10.99.

For more information about the Annual Pasta Pass, Never Ending Pasta Pass, and details, visit www.PastaPass.com now.

Cafe Centro Welcomes New Executive Chef and Launches Wine Bar

New seasons always welcome fresh, new things. What better way to end the summer season than to welcome a new chef and experience her debut menu. We had the very wonderful pleasure of helping French brasserie-style restaurant, Cafe Centro, welcome Chef Christina Towers, their new Executive Chef, and to celebrate the launch of Cafe Centro’s new outdoor wine bar located at a new fresh air space on East 45th Street in NYC. The delightful end of summer féte boasted a tantalizing array of  food and plenty of French champagne cocktails.

For her Cafe Centro debut, Chef Christina Towers welcomed guests with a delicious range of French favorites with a Mediterranean twist. The offerings featured many of Chef Towers’ culinary specialties. The bustling bistro Fresh seafood and raw bar specialties, grill selections and seasonal plats du jour. Passed hors d’oeuvres at the event included Gougéres (Gruyere and Parmesan), Lobster Rolls, Beef Tartare Crostini, Smoked Salmon Bites, and a Sunchoke Soup Shooter. Available to grab from the table included a Plateau de Fuits de Mer (lobster, clams, mussels, oysters, and shrimp), Scallop Crudo, Fluke Ceviche, Deviled Eggs, Radicchio Cups, and a Crudite Basket.

Desserts were disappearing faster than we could capture. We did manage to score three of the available variety, which consisted of a sinfully decadent Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Tart, and Mini Eclairs.

Since you can’t be at a French Brasserie without enjoying one or two french drinks, and of course in honor of the new Wine Bar, we enjoyed a few glasses of the classic French 45 cocktail and the Jean-Pierre Vacher 2015 Sancerre. Also on hand was the St. Emilion Chateau Fayan 2011 Bordeaux and Stella Artois.

Cafe Centro is located in the lobby of the MetLife Building at Grand Central Terminal – 200 Park Avenue at 45th Street. Visit them for drinks, lunch, or dinner anytime. If you have you been to this richly elegant and grand cafe, please share your experience with us.

 

Cafe Centro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

All Sold Out: Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports

Just like the must-see concert, latest gadget, or Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty products, the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports were made available and sold out just as quickly. We’re not surprised at all, as many were waiting with breathless anticipation (and hungry bellies) for the announcement and availability of the pass that allows the bearer to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited servings of pasta, sauces, and toppings from the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu.

During the never-ending pasta promotion, you can enjoy more than 200 possible combinations of specialty portions of pasta, homemade sauces, and craveable toppings, plus all the soup, salad and breadsticks you want. The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Asiago Garlic Alfredo and a NEW Creamy Mushroom. Toppings include Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta. But be hopeful pasta lovers, just because you missed out on the pass, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the neverending pasta. Guests without Pasta Passes can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $9.99.

This year Olive Garden has taken their Never Ending Pasta Pass to extreme heights by giving 50 of their biggest fans the opportunity to buy an all-inclusive eight-day/seven-night trip to Italy (with stops in Florence, Assisi, Siena, Rome, and Pisa) for themselves and a friend for only $200. The first-of-its-kind, the Olive Garden Pasta Passport to Italy includes all the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass plus airfare, hotel accommodations, tours and meals on the trip of a lifetime for two to Italy. This unprecedented pass was made available to purchase alongside the 22,000, $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes (1,000 more than last year), giving more fans than ever a chance to gain unlimited access to the fan-favorite Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. The Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion begins September 25th and runs until November 19th.

Were you one of the lucky ones to snag an Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports? What’s your favorite Olive garden pasta dish?

IHOP Premieres French Toasted Donuts for a Limited Time

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At IHOP, it can also be the most delicious. IHOP continues to break the rules of breakfast with three distinctive dishes hot off the test kitchen griddles. Elevating the breakfast treat that is french toast by combining it with donuts, IHOP is taking breakfast to another level of delicious. The IHOP French Toasted Donuts feature classic donuts dipped in sweet vanilla batter and then French toasted. The new lineup is available in three decadent, mouthwatering flavors ranging from savory to sweet.

“At IHOP, we’re always looking for fresh new ways to excite our guests and bring unexpected flavors together,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Vice President, Culinary at IHOP. “This is a delicious mash-up of the classic donut everyone knows and loves, dipped in a creamy vanilla batter, French toasted to a light golden brown and topped off with flavors such as maple glaze and hickory-smoked bacon. And who better to do it than IHOP, the brand that has owned all-day breakfast for almost six decades?”

Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut

The Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with rich maple glaze and savory hickory-smoked bacon crumbles.

Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut

The Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with strawberries in a juicy glaze and powdered sugar.

Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut

The Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut is a warm apple fritter dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with sweet cinnamon apples, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

We had the pleasure of getting an exclusive first taste of all three of these decadent breakfast donuts at an event with Chef Nevielle Panthaky, VP of Culinary at IHOP. It was an evening of ultimate decadence as we satisfied our almost insatiable appetite for these sinful breakfast treats. We also had the opportunity to recreate or create our own French Toasted Donut, thanks to the wide variety of available toppings made available to us.

The French Toasted Donuts are available from July 31st through September 24th at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. The new menu items can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a combo meal with the choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, and more.

Restaurant Review: Brasserie 8 1/2 at the Solow Building

Going into midtown is not really the thing to do for New Yorkers unless you work in the area. We usually try to avoid the area, however, with a wonderful restaurant like French Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2 at the Solow Building, avoiding this area is not an option. What’s cool about the location of Brasserie 8 1/2 restaurant, given all the craziness around midtown, is the fact that you can retreat to the centrally located, spacious, and well-decorated haven for a well-prepared quick lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.

The main street location of Brasserie 8 1/2 is great because not only is it near trains and office buildings, it’s not in the midst of clustered tourist hubs. On a fairly warm day, we headed away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy New York City streets to experience their sophisticated French cuisine. As soon as you head downstairs, you’ve entered in its quiet and serene open environment to enjoy a great culinary experience, courtesy of Chef Franck Deletrain, and an attentive staff.

Our culinary journey at Brasserie 8 1/2 started off with a few delightful wines, including a lovely Sancerre (French wine), crisp Chardonnay, and a sublime rose. They were the perfect pre-starters to wake up our taste buds for the onslaught of decadent french flavors we foodies were about to indulge in.

APPETIZERS

White Asparagus with Chanterelles Mushrooms, Fromage Blanc Flan, & Smoked Duck

DAVID: This was a delicate dish with distinct deep flavors. The smoked duck was buttery tender and its richness balanced nicely with the subtle tartness of the asparagus. The Fromage blanc flan was creamy, light and airy and surprisingly held its own against the pleasant earthy weight of the Chanterelles mushrooms and the smooth comforting texture of the white beans. It was like an eclectic garden farm remix dish.

GLASGOW: Because of my allergy to mushrooms, sadly I couldn’t partake in this dish but the look of content and satisfaction on David’s face said all I needed to know.

Grilled Octopus with Sunchokes Mousseline, Fingerling Potatoes, Espelette Pepper

DAVID: This was a melt-in-your-mouth freshness with a delicateness that octopus must have in order to be perfectly balanced with the fragrant charring. The sauces paired with it were savory and sweet adding nice opposing dimensions to the lovely neutrality of the octopus. The fingerlings added a nice familiar balance to the mélange of flavors with just a touch of creaminess.

GLASGOW: Every bite of this multi-textured appetizer was so flavorful. Octopus tends to be a bit gamey and chewy, but this perfectly grilled delight. I love the slight touch of nuttiness and sweetness the Sunchokes added to the dish, and the slight char on the octopus did not take away from its “melt-in-your-mouth” consistency. The Fingerling Potatoes added a touch of a rustic feel to the overall dish.

MAIN COURSES

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

DAVID: This dish was textural overload in a great way. The light crispy outer of the crab cakes fell perfectly into the soft sweet and tender inner. Take the sweet and briny notes and add them with tang and sharpness of the horseradish and pickled red onions for a refreshing tartar sauce remix that doesn’t overpower but adds a nicely artisanal element to this dish. The sea beans create a smooth edge to the briny properties of the dish. It was a lovely arrangement of accents for the crab cakes.

GLASGOW: Although I had one one bite of the crab cake (I was saving room for my own entree), the sweetness of the crabmeat will forever remain with me. Even now, my taste memory is remembering the perfectly crisp crust (not too crisp) and the light yet juicy interior. My favorite part? No sign of any oily or greasy residue was left on the tongue, just a mouthful of fresh, sweet crabmeat.

Grilled Lamb Chops

DAVID: This was a rustic yet refined dish that had familiar elements offered up in a refreshingly remixed way. The delicate coffee rub on the tender buttery chops lent the sharp vibrant and deep flavor of the coffee nicely to the gamey loveliness of the lamb. The grilling of the chop sealed the deal for a nice marriage of smoky flavors and aromatic textures. The fingerlings, tomatoes, and asparagus were pleasant and piquant and a good pairing with the organic nature of the grilled chop and the earthy rub that created an air of hearty elegance.

GLASGOW: I must say, the taste of this dish was not what I expected. The full dish includes Fingerling Potatoes, Green Asparagus, Coffee Rub, and Charred Tomato Relish. I was fully expecting to have the very distinct taste of coffee with every bite of this dish, but I was pleasantly surprised (I’m not really a fan of coffee but I was just going against my norm) to not even get a hint of coffee. The coffee rub actually gave the lamb chops a very rustic, earthy flavor, with the fingerling potatoes and charred heirloom tomatoes adding to its earthiness. Of course, the lamb chops themselves (which I got medium well) were perfectly charred and smoky. In a word – sublime!

DESSERTS

Warm Molten Chocolate Cake

DAVID: The softness of the cake is perfect and just airy enough to take on the smooth depth of the espresso ice-cream that created a rich creamy pleasantness when it hit the molten ebony center. The balance of bitter and sweet created a deep finish reminiscent of the espresso that often finishes a great meal.

GLASGOW: I always get chocolate deserts but wanted something different, so I passed on trying this dish but visually, it’s sinfully decadent, and David was very happy.

Bosc Pear Tartlette

DAVID: The tart is decadently sweet, creamy and smooth and a great compliment to the fragrant spicy cinnamon ice-cream and the nutty aromatic toasted slivers of almond. The indulgent pear and the woody accompaniments created quite a finish.

GLASGOW: An amazing and elevated take on the classic apple tartlette, this Bosc Pear Tartlette is a reward for your taste buds. It was heaven in every bite, not overly sweet, the crust not too crunchy or hard, and although we’re in full spring mode, I thoroughly enjoyed these fall flavors. The pairing of cinnamon ice cream and almond Frangipane with the pear gave the perfect nod to the fall season without being too heavy on the reference.

The stylish French Brasserie 8 1/2 is located at 9 W 57th St, just steps from Fifth Avenue. While satisfying and rewarding your palate on their sophisticated French cuisine, you will love the breathtaking original artwork by Léger, Matisse and others favored by the Louvre.

Brasserie 8 1/2 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Desi Galli Fresh Indian Street Food

It’s nice to know that tucked away on a bustling busy street in the iconic East Village that there is a place, Desi Galli, that carries on the tradition of the diversity that makes this neighborhood great. We now have someplace to retreat to for fresh Indian cuisine at more than fair prices for those times when we retreat to Tompkins Square for some visual design inspiration, or on a hot toddy bar crawl and need some satisfying comfort food.

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The small restaurant boasts two locations, one in Kips Bay, and the other in the East Village, where we dined. The intimate setting is the perfect location to fully immerse yourself in Desi Galli’s delightful offerings. You’re surrounded by the wonderful smells before you’re even at the entrance. It’s almost like the wonderul aromas lure you into the restaurant by invisible hands. We sat down for an amazing five-course meal of the most delicious and fresh Indian streetfood we’ve ever had. While David’s palette was fairly new to this food genre, I’ve personally been enjoying it for years and Desi Galli did not disappoint. So get settled in as you journey with us on this magical culinary adventure into fresh Indian street food.

Course 1 – Desi Poutine

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DAVID: This poutine remix is pretty delish. It’s like Desi disco fries with the fragrant red curry that has a textural ragu-like thickness that balances nicely with the crisp fries. The creamy element of the cheese gives the dish that smooth topper that adds to the textural explosion. I liked that it was not greasy so like a classic poutine, the fries held up to the sauce.

GLASGOW: The fall season always puts me in the mood for savory, hearty meals that not only satisfies your hunger but also soothes your soul. That is what Desi Galli’s take on Poutine did for me. For those familiar with the Quebec dish, french fries and cheese curds are normally topped with brown gravy, in Desi Galli’s delicious spin, tikka sauce replaces the gravy, and grated paneer takes the place of the cheese. The result is a decadent dish that both vegans and meat eaters will thoroughly enjoy. An added bonus to the Desi Poutine is the fries remained wonderfully crisp under the tikka sauce, a huge plus for this fan of non-soggy fries.

Course 2 – Lamb Bhuna Kathi Roll

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DAVID: There is so much flavor here. The wrap or roll is very light but has a surprising denseness that holds the chunky lamb and veggie mixture that are seasoned quite lovely. The tender lamb is quite wonderfully balanced coupled with the herbal mint, cilantro, spinach and natural sweetener (Desi Galli’s secret) which adds a verdant pop of fresh flavor in the dish.

GLASGOW: I love a good Kathi Roll, but I usually go for chicken, so getting the lamb was a very nice change. The Lamb Bhuna Kathi Roll provided joyous levels of flavors that are almost…..almost indescribable. The hearty and slightly gamey flavor of the lamb seems to highlight the mint, cilantro and slight sweetness in the roll. It’s just flavor, upon flavor, upon flavor. It’s a definite must-try.

Course 3 – Palak Patte Ki Chaat

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DAVID: As someone who always looks for the meat in things, surprisingly, I didn’t miss the meat here. The layered vibrant texture of this dish creates a chunky, crispy, smooth satisfying loveliness as you hit each layer of coarse bold seasoning down to the finer more penetrating seasonings. My palette was quite satisfied especially with the added touch of pleasantness from the both sweet and slightly tart tamarind chutney.

GLASGOW: This dish is actually a new one for me as I tend to stick to the non-vegetarian side of all Desi menus, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect besides an assortment of flavors. The best way to describe this dish is to think of a layered dip, but more (if that makes sense). Not only was it an assortment of flavors, but textures as well. With the freshly chopped tomatoes, green chutney, mix of crunchy, crumbly, smooth, and crisp textures, and the multiple other spices, you are in for an explosion of palate pleasures.

Course 4 – Lamb Curry

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DAVID: This is a hearty lamb stew. The gamey tender lamb is kissed rather adoringly by the thick ragu-like curry. The filling robust weight of this stew was perfectly balanced with the fragrant basmati rice not only in flavor but also in depth. A stew like this needs a rice like this.

GLASGOW: Curry dishes are my favorite with dishes made with red and/or yellow curries being at the top of my list. I love curry everything, chicken, fish, shrimp, meat, vegetables….everything, so my take on this dish may be more biased than others. This time around,I continued the lamb journey continued with a wonderfully thick Lamb Curry made with Spiced Australian lamb chunks paired with the very fragrant basmati rice. It was heaven in every bite. This is the type of dish I’d happily enjoy every day of the season without getting bored of its flavors. It’s hearty, perfectly spicy, with its own touch of sweetness. Just writing about it is increasing my desire to have it right now.

Course 5 – Shrimp Biryani

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DAVID: This is such a fresh dish. The shrimp is very well-seasoned and has an airy freshness that turns into a spicy briny goodness. The yogurt sauce cools down this fragrant and zesty number with a cool and creamy crunch. Once again you may find yourself searching to figure out all the layers of the seasonings, but why bother, just napkin-up and dive in.

GLASGOW: Last but certainly not least is very flavorful and fragrant Desi Galli Shrimp Biryani, a dish boasting seasoned shrimp and fragrant rice containing tons of spices such as saffron, cardamom, ginger, etc, vegetables . Gluten-free. Served with raita (yogurt sauce . Biryani is another dish that’s high on my favorites list. It reminds me of something similar I grew up with called “Cook Up”, like Biryani, it’s a complete meal in one.

It was a pleasure to experience the fresh Indian street food from Desi Galli, and we’ll certainly be back again and again to indulge our appetite. If you’re near Tompkins Square Park, head over to the Desi Galli East Village location at 172 Avenue B; and if you’re in the Kips Bay area, you’ll find the Desi Galli Curry Hill at 101 Lexington Ave. If you love Indian food, make sure to bookmark these two locations. If you’ve enjoyed the food at Desi Galli, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Desi Galli East Village Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato