From The North is aptly named and their menu is well curated (not too elaborative, which is actually a good thing as long menus make you way too confused and you end up ordering the wrong thing). The dining experience here and their delicious, rich flavoured sabzis and the spiciness literally give you the vibes “from the North”. I am a sucker for spicy food. The Rajasthani factor never leaves me, you see. For me, the ‘extra tadka’ is what ultimately satisfies the cravings. Gladly, this place has that sober and decent ambience, fine brass crockeries, quite a lit interior, the hanging lights and brick walls all add to the vintage setup and well compliment each other. Everything from the plates, glasses to the serving bowls intricately look very fine and stylish.
Tomato Shorba- An easy, light, tomato shorba that was perfectly spiced with Indian spices prominently the cumin seeds and green chilli. The consistency of shorba was very thin and watery to which I asked in curiosity and their management said it is made to be like this, a tad like how the South Indian rasam is prepared. I was quite unaware of that major difference between a soup and shorba. It’s always nice to ask so that you become more aware. A soup is definitely of much thicker consistency and creamy too unlike a shorba. Indeed, it was a delight to have the good old school tomato shorba which quite has lost its popularity due to the varied cuisine and soups that we keep trying in an urge to explore and experiment.
Dahi Ke Kebab- This was very crisp, evenly browned and the good part that it wasn’t oily at all. The dahi, chopped onion, green pepper finely mixed together were a delight to the taste buds. Served with coriander chutney and some salad, it did taste amazing.
Samosa Chaat- I absolutely love chaats. They’re my favourite thing to tangle the taste buds when I feel like I have a major craving for something. The samosa chaat was truly flavourful. The minced tomato, onion, cucumber and samosa pieces tossed evenly in the dahi was such a yummy treat. Well presented with chopped coriander and bhujia that added so much to the flavour. Did I almost forget to mention how nicely the chutneys were mixed that made a difference just with its presence?
Masala Papad- The mandatory item before beginning any meal at a North Indian place, isn’t it? I am sure you’d relate to the fact that at most times we feel like ordering this so that we can get our hunger pangs to rest while the waiters are seen serving the delicious dishes at other tables and the aroma of which is irresistible.
Baked Dish- I almost felt stupid right after asking some oregano or chilli flakes at a strictly North Indian place. Of course, they didn’t have it too. The baked dish to my spicy taste buds feels too bland and hence, can’t resist playing with the tastes. Though the dish was simply amazing, cheesy and oh-wonderfully baked.
Cheese Butter Masala- Wow! This was the star of the meal. Prepared in rich red gravy with flavoured spices and the generous grated cheese, butter and the cheese cubes do much justice to the dish beyond words could explain.
Indian Bread Basket with Sabjis in Two Gravies- The Indian bread basket consisted of four kinds of Indian bread- Garlic naan, Missi Roti, Butter kulcha and pudina roti. Everything was perfectly cooked, crisp yet soft. The sabzi in white gravy is Kaju sabzi and it was again something bland for my taste buds. Yet I am sure the ones who love white gravies would find this really tasty.
Langar Dal & Jeera Rice- This was absolutely a wonderful combination. Langar dal which is also known as Amritsari dal prepared of two lentils- chana dal and black urad dal was prepared in a rich tadka flavour and tasted just mind-blowing. Highly recommendable!
Jalebi- While I love crispy jalebis, these were quite not evenly fried and hence, a few were too crisp that it quite gave a burnt taste after biting. That I am guessing could be one of their bad tries. The batter was prepared tasty therefore, the jalebis tasted amazing and perfectly sweet.
That sums up my experience of dining in at “From The North” located at C.G. Road, Ahmedabad. I would happily give them 4.5/5 stars.
So, people, I shall be coming up with a new blog post soon, until then,