I loved sipping the Sacred Cow. A delicious cocktail mixed with a froth of yogurt, sloane’s gin, apricot liqueur, lemon, honey, egg white, saffron bitters and pistachio crumble. Innovative while telling a story true to Indian culture. I also tried one of the non-alcoholic options, The Tumeric and Ginger Lemonade. It definitely had a bite, but I like that in things that touch my lips. If you don’t like raw ginger, best to order something else. The Rose-Pomegranete Punch perhaps.
Let’s move onto the lamb kabobs. I’ve always thought that lamb was the sexiest of the red-meats. There’s something about its flavor that’s a little exotic and spicy. There’s always intrigue for me when I eat lamb. Sambar’s pistachio lamb sirloin kabob with punjabi corn roti, kachumber salad, mango chutney & eggplant raita made me a very happy lady. The meat was super tender and softly melted through my teeth. The next time you’re craving a gyro, mix things up and try this instead.
There are few things that comfort me more than a cheese plate and yes, Sambar has their own unique version. Cheese Thali, a wooden board with goat & cow paneer, yogurt cheese,naan, gujarati crackers, pappadum, chutney, lemon pickle and spiced pistachios. This is almost my favorite thing on the entire menu despite it’s simplicity. I just loved putting all of these different textures and flavors together in one bite. The coolness of the cheese, the warm softness of the naan, the perk of the chutney and the crunch of the pistachios. My taste buds were gifted with various sensations at once, that is my favorite way to experience a meal.
My final note is to save room for dessert. There is an incredible variety of cookies that change frequently which can be enjoyed with a soothing cup of house-made chai tea.
I am truly looking forward to another trip to Sambar soon. Everything was “on fleek” as the kids would say. India offers us such a beautiful culture with a multitude of recipes to taste. Richmond’s execution of these ageless dishes from different parts of the country are carefully crafted and because of this, they are flawless.
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