Kadai

Over the weekend, we were invited to a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. 50 years of togetherness and the ‘bride’ was still blushing like a newly wed. It was adorable! And he had a sweet gentle smile on his face as though he was marvelling at the wonder of it all, the joy. To be together for 50 years and still have that sense of wonder…it was deeply moving to watch them, to be in the presence of their love and share in the glow.

In honor of the big event, I had baked them a black forest cake, which, not to toot my own horn (okay, maybe just a little), was delicious!!! Soft, moist, with just a hint of tangy cherry…it was an instant hit!

And I am so happy it was so!!

So, after much teasing of the bride and groom, and the champagne toast, and after the cake had been cut and everyone had eaten their fill, we continued the celebration at Kadai, an Indian restaurant well known for its biryanis.

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It is located on Rt.42 just minutes from I-275 in West Chester.

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It has a warm ambiance with a lot of reds and golds without being too formal.

We ordered Vegetable Potlis (similar to a samosa) and Vegetable Manchurian for appetizers and I had a freshly squeezed lime juice to quench my thirst.

Vegetable Potli

Vegetable Potli

Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian

While I personally did not care too much for the Potli, the chutneys served along with it were delicious! Especially the Green Tomato Chutney. It had a wonderful roasted flavor.

The Manchurian was really really good! The Manchurian balls were soft, well cooked and the masala had a fresh flavor to it, of capsicum, shallots and coriander. We had asked them to make it medium spicy and there was just the right amount of tingle on my palette.

The lime juice (with sugar and salt to taste) was pitch perfect! Although, if you order it, do ask them to put some ice in it. It tastes better chilled.

The main course of Paneer Makhani and Malai Kofta with garlic naan was good too! The gravys weren’t too thick and creamy and so easily palatable. We could eat well without feeling overly full.

The non-veg. eating folks had Chicken Hariyali, Chicken Shorba, and of course, their famous Mutton Biryani.

While the Chicken Hariyali was unique, the Shorba was a standard onion -tomato gravy. The Biryani was the star of the dinner party. The basmati rice had a lovely bounce and the spices were well balanced. The mutton was decently cooked.

Lamb Biryani

Lamb Biryani

All in all, it was a delectable way to end our celebration. We had a lot of happy campers!

So next time you are in town or in this neighborhood and craving Indian food, do give Kadai a try! You will not be disappointed.

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