Cuisine of India hits the mark vegan style!

The Tenant is back, to tell you about last night’s Vegan 3-for-$30 Dinner, in case you missed it–and to advise you, if you did and you’re OK with eating meat and love Indian food, you are going to want to make sure you’re signed up for the Flavors of India Wine Dinner next Thursday. If this dinner is any indication, it’s going to be unbelievable!

The first dish was the Chickpea-Potato-Caramelized Onion Samosa with Mint and Coconut Chutney. This was a perfectly toasty little packet of puff pastry full of chickpeas, potato and sweetly savory onions. The chutney, bright green and fresh, complemented it wonderfully.

Once finished devouring the samosa, I had placed before me a huge bowlful of the main entree, Crispy Gardein and Vegetables with Yellow Coconut Curry on Basmati Rice. Again, there was no distinguishing the thick, well-breaded cut of Gardein from traditional chicken–if you didn’t know better, you’d think it was chicken. It sat atop its pile of basmati rice sauced perfectly in the creamy yellow coconut curry, studded with vegetables–zucchini, yellow squash, orange peppers, cauliflower, asparagus, along with matchstick slivers of Granny Smith apple to add a touch of sweetness, and a generous sprinkling of fresh cilantro. It was utterly delicious and ranked right up with any similar dish I’ve enjoyed in an Indian restaurant.

Finally, the dessert–and it was truly distinctive and special. The Mango Parfait with Vanilla Cashew Cream was a parfait dish full of chunks of oven-poached mango, papaya and pineapple, piled atop house-made, raisin-studded vegan granola and topped with a rich cashew cream, garnished with mint. To me, it tasted like an overly indulgent breakfast treat, the kind I would gladly eat again and again!

If you truly love fine vegan dining, you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Bistro’s next vegan offering in April. If you’re an omnivore–especially a wine-loving one–who appreciates the cuisine of India, you’ll want to pick up your phone now and call 216.481.9635 to ensure you don’t miss out on Thursday’s feast. It will include not only a samosa much like this one, but tandoori chicken, coconut shrimp, lamb and other delights, including a wine to match each dish. Don’t miss out!

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