Verandah Progressive Indian Cuisine
Owners Sunil and Anupama Srivastava sold their two well-respected W’kana eateries in the burbs to open this stunning new place in town. Woods, textured tiles, artwork, and sexy white banquettes create a fine backdrop for some fine food. Top marks went to the tender, juicy tandoori chicken kebab, arriving smoking inside a glass dome and aptly dubbed by our cute waiter a “showstopper.” We also favored the Kerala shrimp, served nestled in a long ceramic “boat” with curry leaves, lemon slices, and black pepper for kick. Classic butter chicken came off with more tomato than usual, but the sauce was fine for sopping up with onion kulcha, naan, and lachha paratha breads. Biryani dishes arrive with a pasty dome on top, removed tableside; our lamb version had meat on the bottom and fluffy rice on top—good, but the meat seemed to be at that awkward age between lamb and ram and thus a bit strong-tasting for us.