Last night was my monthly dinner club. It was Jason and my turn to choose the restaurant and we picked Cardamom Hill, a newish Indian restaurant. Honestly, I was kind of frustrated when I first tried to make plans to go here. They aren’t on open table, but have a reservation button on their website which sends you to a reservation email. That’s fine, I guess, except that they didn’t email me back. Being that this was a new restaurant and there were six of us (one couple couldn’t make it) on a Friday night, I really wanted to make sure we could be accommodated. I called them two days after I emailed them and no one picked up so I left a message. Two days later, I still hadn’t heard and was about to switch restaurants when I called them one more time and someone picked up and confirmed our reservation.
Other than that, however, Cardamom Hill proved to be a solid choice. Even though most of my dinner group knows about my blog, I just don’t feel comfortable taking pictures of my food when I’m in a large group. When I’m with just Jason, it’s fine, but it’s too awkward when I’m in a group. So no pics. But I’ll try to paint a picture in your head. I mean, not that you really care if you don’t live in Atlanta, but whatever.
The restaurant is in a little strip mall. You might think that’s weird, but it’s actually kind of commonplace around here for some reason. It’s small and sophisticated looking, with a nice bar as soon as you walk in. When Jason and I got there, one of the other couples was sitting at the bar waiting, so we had a drink with them there before getting our table.
The food at Cardamom Hill comes from the Kerala region of South India and focuses on Coconut, Seafood and Meat. It’s definitely different than the chicken tikka masala, pork vindaloo and naan that you’d typically associate with Indian food. I got the veggie plate which, according to the menu, was avial (potatoes, carrots, green beans, and green plantains in a grated coconut sauce) and Sambhar (lentils with okra, eggplant, tomato) served over vegetable pilau. Honestly, I couldn’t really identify what I was eating, but I could identify that it was good!
Everyone seemed pleased with the food and this month’s dinner club was a hit! Afterward, it was still pretty early, so Jason and I decided to go to Holeman & Finch to have another drink. It was super crowded though.
Sorry for the terrible iphone photo. That doesn’t really illustrate how crowded it was but you’d have to walk through all those people to get to the bar if that gives you an idea. So instead of dealing with it, we decided to head back towards home and go to Marlow’s
, a bar/restaurant that’s only about 3 miles from our house.
By this point, we were both sort of hungry again. While the dinner was good, the portions weren’t huge. Couple that with some wine and yeah, I’m hungry again.
Hummus is always better with feta, right? There might have been some calamari too. It happens. And so does the massive stomachache that I got afterward (from the calamari, not the Indian food, I’m sure!).