Indian cuisine has never tasted so good as it did when we stopped by Surya last night. Surya, located right off the ACE train in the heart of The West Village, is a new location that boasts the best of Colonial Indan Cuisine at its finest. From its warm and intimate setting, to its flavorful and spicy dishes, this is one place that is worth heading downtown for.
Surya is not a incredibly large space, but doesn’t need to be regarding what you are being provided with. I love that there is a very refined and beautiful bar located to the left of its entrance, where you can stop by for a simple drink, and a great seating area that overlooks the beauty of Greenwich Village. The staff and servers were also very attentive and welcoming, as well as educational when it came to which dishes were the best to order to really experience how delectable their cuisine actually is.
Regarding its cuisine, this is what we recommend that you try the next time you are at Surya. For starters, their Cauliflower Chili Fry was absolutely delicious. Upon first look, it seems like it will be overpowering in spice and all of that, but in actuality it is much more subtle in its taste and execution. The crispy Cauliflower mixed with the tangy tomato sauce was simply divine and a great way to start the evening off.
Another great starter that I really enjoyed was their Savory Scallops in a Tamarind-Coconut Sauce, pictured above. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the sauce that came with it paired beautifully together. Another great starter was their Famous Baby Lamb Chops, with yogurt and a warm house special sauce. The Lamb Chops were fall of the bone delicious, with just the right amount of spice blended in with the sauce and coolness with the yogurt.
Regarding their main entrees, they have many to select from, with quite a range, but I found two that really spoke to me in terms of flavor and whatnot. Their Saag, which is a leaf based dish eaten with Roti or Naan, is a great choice for your main. Served with either Chicken, Lamb or Shrimp, the Saag comes with Spinach Puree and Fresh Ginger and when paired with their rice, it tastes simply divine. Another great entree that I enjoyed was their Chicken Jalfrazi with green peppers, onions and tangy sauce. The latter had much more heat than the former, which I particularly enjoyed, and the sauce was quite tasty.
Finish the meal off with some yummy dessert, including their Fig Ice Cream or Gualab Jamun, which is a light pastry dumpling made from dry milk and heavenly. Both had great flavor and texture to them, with the Gualab taking it home for me in terms of presentation and execution. Overall, a fantastic meal. For more information, check out Surya’s official site.
Happy Eating Everyone!