The reason i like to try Indian food in countries other than India is because the flavours are blended in a way, to match its new local environment. Avasa’s new menu has not only ranked them as the most creative Indian cooking restaurant in Abu Dhabi but also a very good contemporary one.
The flavours are inspired by the chef’s willingness to experiment and has a tendency to leave your taste buds surprised and satisfied. Combinations of spices and flavour that haven’t ever crossed your mind are seen flamboyantly on their menu. It also has a sleek and fine restaurant ambience with the service to match.
We were introduced to the new menu and the following 5 dishes were my absolute favourite:
If you’re a fan of chicken tikka masala, give this one a go! You’ll be amazed at how quickly they disappear off your plate. Avasa, fired up the pan and added some spice and curry leaves to the salmon! This dish features generous chunks of salmon grilled, pan-seared, curry leaves crusted salmon
and coated in a tastebud-blowing marinade.
Mango Mustard Salad:
Enjoy the contrast of the bright-coloured and fresh alphonso mangoes tempered with black mustard seeds and curry leaves. There’s lots in this salad to rejoice over from great flavour to nutrition and summer freshness. I felt myself drawn t
o this dish and kept coming back for second and third helpings.
Anjeer Kofta Curry:
The 1/4th Punjabi in me was very happy to see the dish on their menu. Fig kofta curry is a traditional Punjabi cuisine prepared on special festivals. But hey why restrict it to festivals? The curry here isn’t merely an excuse to bring the heat but to treat you to the full range of effects that come from proper, layered spicing and the local sweetness of a fig. These cottage cheese dumplings stuffed with figs and served in a slightly sweet yet rich gravy is a love blend of Indian cuisines and middle eastern hints.
Alleppy Fish Curry:
This comes closest to the real deal and brought back fond memories of travelling through Alleppy and Kerala. A light and aromatic fish curry stewed in raw mango and infused with coconut milk. Very authentic! Very drool-worthy!
Simply mouth-watering with thrilling and exciting presentation. It looks nothing like your regular Rasmalai with the caramel garnish and generous dose of nuts like almonds and pistachio. Its what most Europeans describe as “a rich cheesecake dripping in sugar syrup and without a crust”
Apart from these delicious five reason the restaurant also has a lovely outdoor courtyard with a romantic and and peaceful vibe. Perfect to catch up with a group of friends. I was invited for the tasting of their new menu and was quite pleased with the new food bloggers i was meeting and the light conversations and chitter chatter that floated around our table while we dug into our scrumptious meal. Did we drive all the way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi? Yes we did and it was worth it!