One More For Tandoori Chicken!

Last night I had an awesome meal of tandoori chicken and few other scrumptious dishes at one of my favourite local Indian restaurants.

Became a fan last night...absolutely delish!

I remembered that it was usually a dry dish. But that was why I ordered it. I was ill with fever for the past two and a half days and was in no mood for something with too much sauce or spice. I also wanted a wholesome meal but more dry and moist than with oodles of sauce. I got what I wanted and oh boy…it hit the spot! It really did.

Yummy...hit the spot

Tandoori chicken comes to us from India. It is chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice (fresh is better) and some other wonderful, flavourful and aromatic spices. I think the part of the chicken used in this dish is it seems mostly chicken drumsticks or chicken maryland pieces.

Succulent...

Anyway, for rich or richer tandoori chicken recipes to try at home for family and friends or that special someone check out these websites at http://www.mamtaskitchen.com; http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes; http://homecooking.about.com/od/chickenrecipes.

Here is a video courtesy of Youtube, I found on the net which might help as a step-by-step guide to cooking a terrific dish of tandoori chicken.

The tandoori chicken has become my favourite overnight and I reckon it was the way it was cooked or that fact that I wanted something dry and succulent to eat and that was it. To complete my sumptuous meal, I had a mango kulfi and oh boy that was a great choice. What a night, what a dish!

Absolutely out of this world...my bestest Indian dessert

For all tandoori chicken lovers I think I have joined the club…welcome to the world of succulent, delicious, to-die-for chicken ever! Yeah…one more for tandoori chicken! Yippeee…

Meera, Meera – May Be The Fairest Of Them Yet!

The entrance...warm and inviting.
The entrance...warm and inviting.

Been driving past this restaurant for a few weeks and everytime thinking whether we should give it a try.  Could have gone there a couple of weeks ago but didn’t get around to it.

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Meera Colada...simply delicious!

In fact, I met one of the Salespersons at PC World at Staples Corner and somewhere along the line we established that we both live in the same area. Our conversation, amongst PCs and printers and so on, turned to eating places in our area.  She suggested we  tried Meera which she said had really nice food, ambience and great prices.

We decided to try it out on Friday evening!  It being Friday evening I thought about two niggling issues  – a parking spot, and whether I’d find the food as my new-found neighbour found it – great and reasonably priced.

Regardless, we went to Meera’s anyway. Well, I needn’t have worried my little head off as both issues resolved themselves and I was happier for that on this Friday night.

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Our meal...tasty morsels. We were famished.

Walking into the restaurant I was clearly amazed. I’ve never been to India and this was probably the closest I’ve been! As one of us had to park the car, I went in first – was greeted ever so warmly and didn’t have to wait long for a table. The place was packed and that was comforting because the food had to be good. It had to be, as the place was filling up so fast. There was a couple and a family of seven waiting for tables, then there was me. I must have been standing around for less than 5 minutes.  The place was absolutely buzzing and that’s what a restaurant ought to be.

Meera's fiery starter...
I bit into fire! ...but the cool chickpeas helped...

I got shown to my table for four – actually there were just two of us but that was the only way to get in hoping a group of four didn’t come along. Fortunately, that did not happen so we sat down and got  on with the bizniz of ordering our dishes and tucking in!

I looked around and was delighted at the decor and apparel of the waiters and waitresses.  I must say these people are actually Meera’s A-Team.

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Chili Garlic Mogo (cassava)...always a favourite.

I think it is a Gujarati vegetarian restaurant. I could be way off the mark here. Anyway,  I noticed the dress of the waiters – wonderfully ethnic and strangely beautiful.

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The novelty of the place...Alice in Wonderland-like...

I knew I was going to have a great time.  The interior decor was georgeous.

I felt like I was in the tropics  because of the garb of the waiters and waitresses – except for the fact that I was wearing a coat and so were the other diners.

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Brilliant and fast service...stopped hunger in its tracks!

The only ones that seem oblivious to the cold were the waiters, waitresses and the manager of the restaurant – Meera’s A-Team.

When we got around to ordering and of course without knowing what kind of food was served we asked for chicken etc and were told politely that Meera is a vegetarian restaurant.

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Harabhara Kebabs...the bomb! Simply out of this world!

Well, we perished the thought of meat and got cracking on a vegan order helped by the waiter. Turned out to be a smart move.

I asked two of the A-Team if I could take a photo of them and their beautiful clothes and they kindly obliged – I was really grateful they did. The fabrics were stunning.

Back to the food. The food was delicious. The har-burgers were, I must say, the pick of the bunch. Who would  have thought vegan dishes couldn’t possibly taste so wonderful to the palate. Aherrm….only idiots! if you ask me.

The furniture was different – chairs were made of some sort of heavy wood and a bit difficult to move around but who cares…the food and efficient service more than compensated for heavy chairs. The place has ambience and I wished we had something similar…like a Pacific eating place in London. A place like this – with all the exotic Southseas themes,  music and cuisine. Anyway…nevermind about dreaming. The food had arrived and we were famished alright.

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Beautiful wall painting...
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One of the fab wall paintings...sat below this one.

I had a good look around and everywhere I looked I must have been  smiling from ear to ear. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and a great place to be on a Friday evening.  The cost of the meal for two persons was very reasonable…I won’t be expecting to wash dishes there, I concluded.

I know that I’ll be coming back to this restaurant. It has beautiful decor, food is wonderful and delicious, and service is simply superb. Ah, better not forget that when placing your food order let them know that you would like your dish spicy but as much as possible not too hot. They’re very understanding and will provide the degree of spicy-ness that your mouth can bear.  I’ll try medium spicy next time. Yes, next time.

Before we left the restaurant I asked if I could take a photograph with two members of Meera’s A-team. The evening was a wonderful way to end a week.  A great decision I may add. I went home muttering this over and over again…”Meera, Meera…” – voila! this blog. My magic moments at Meera’s – thank you for a wonderful evening.

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With two of Meera's A-Team. Will definitely be back...without a doubt.