It’s Restaurant Week here in Charlotte and Karen treated us to dinner a Copper , a modern Indian restaurant! We liked the restaurant a lot – the presentation was amazing – but some of the items were a little strange (Karen’s "slab" – see below) and the portions were quite small, which was fine overall, but despite 3 courses, I went home feeling a little "hungry."
The Pre-Fix Menu Choices (my choices are bolded)
First course (choice of one)
- Curry Leaf Scented Vichyssoise — Chilled Potato-Leek Soup, Curry Leaf Oil, Fresh Herbs
- Badami Hariyali Kabab – Almond-Crusted Vegetable-Paneer Kababs, Mint-Peanut Chutney, Watermelon-Gigande Bean Salad
- Coriander-Coconut Shrimp — Mustard-Black Pepper Glaze, Masala Acorn Squash, Ginger-Beet Puree
- Sheekh Kabab "Meat Balls" — Karavali Masala, Eggplant-Poblano Chutney, Crispy Leeks, Mango-Avocado Salad
Main course (choice of one)
- Garam Masala Roasted Salmon – Wild Sockeye Salmon, "Fry Masala," Shalgam-Gajar Mash, Parsnip-Olive Crème
- Malai Chicken – Roasted Ashley Farms Chicken Breast, Spiced Tapioca "Pilaf," Cauliflower-Cardamom Sauce
- Masala Duck Leg Confit — Kundapur Spices, Chopped Seasonal Vegetables, Pomegranate-Syrah Jus
- Khoya-Prune "Kofta" — Milk Solids Dumpling, Prune-Chili-Ginger Filling, Seviyan ka Upma, Mirchi ka Salan "Sauce"
Dessert (choice of one)
- Mango-Gajrela "Puff" — Mango-Carrot Pudding Encased in Puff Pastry, Rabdi Ice Cream, Bourbon Soaked Cherries
- Pistachio-Date "Halwa" — White Pepper-Vanilla "Jhaag," Sweet Poori, Berry "Paint"
On the way there, we found ourselves in a monsoon! It was quite scary, but we made it.
I started with a glass of Reisling. I probably should have skipped alcohol tonight since I had some last night and have a big week coming up and plans for a drink almost everyday this week, but it the moment I ordered it, and it was good.
We did a LOT of sharing, so I’ll do my best to recap what I actually put in my mouth.
I chose the Vegetable Kebabs for my appetizer. I ate the 3 watermelon stacks and about 3/4 of one of the patties. They weren’t that great..
The husband got the shrimp and I had 2 bites -
And Karen ordered the meatballs – perhaps the best dish of the night! The sauce was like a spicier version of Happy Herbivore’s Red Lentil Dal ! I had 2 small bites.
I ordered the salmon . It was a little disappointing because I’m not a huge fan of sockeye and the sides were kind of small, but I found a patch of rare salmon in the middle and that was good. I ate about half of the piece.
The husband’s Duke Confit – I had 2 bites. The green sauce on top was amazing!
And Karen’s Prune-Ginger Dumplings – fried but A-mazing! Note the "slab" underneath. We still don’t know what it was. Maybe some kind of gelled corn or flour thing? I had half a dumpling and 2 bites of slab.
I ordered the Mango-Carrot Puff with ice cream. Ate it all!
But Karen’s Pistachio-Date "Halwa" (whatever that is!?) was like a LaraBar and SOOO good!! I had one small bite.
Not a great photo, but the husband insisted I put it up -
I’m in a BIG munchy mood tonight. I could eat the kitchen in dry cereal. I recognize this (and think it’s lack of chew from dinner!) and am having a cup of tea . I’ve also told the husband if he hears me in the kitchen to come tackle me back out.
Oh yeah! I told the husband he had a chore to do today: clean out his junk drawer. Next thing I knew at 3:30 pm he was cracking open a beer . When I asked him what he was doing with a beer on a Sunday afternoon he replied "If you’re going to make me clean this drawer, I get to have a beer to make it more fun." (I laughed out loud).
Off to fold laundry, then read! I decided to read 1,000 Splendid Suns because I have it already in my possession. It’s actually very intriguing thus far! I kept a list of all of your book recommendations and plan to take it to the library soon!