Whenever I’m in the mood for an Indian home cooked meal, I always make the trip to Parc-Ex – the motherland. That said, I’m convinced that Indian restaurants outside this area just don’t measure up. But, since I’m always up for something new, my sister and I decided to try the Desi-style cuisine at Dev, an Indian eatery uptown. Like most of its kind, the interior is dull and prices are dirt cheap. However, it’s a lot cleaner and more spacious than its competitors.
We each started with a Samosa – a fried pastry stuffed with a mixture of potatoes, peas and spices. Yeah…I’m not a fan. They were too oily, the dough was kind of stale and the blend of spices just didn’t work. Even the tamarind and coriander sauces didn’t give this appetizer the kick it needed.
The Non-Veg Thali includes your choice of chicken curry, beef curry or lamb curry, dal (lentils) or channa (chickpeas), basmati rice, naan and salad. The chicken curry was okay, definitely not the best I’ve had. The channa wasn’t fresh, the basmati rice tasted days old and the lettuce was strangely bitter. The naan was the only thing I genuinely liked.
The visually appealing Chicken Biryani was unusual – it was sweeter and seasoned differently from what I’m accustomed to – perhaps the intentions of Desi-style cooking? The chicken chunks were plump, juicy and moist. But, the rice was oversaturated with liquid, and consequently the entire dish was too heavy and sticky.
Overall the dining experience wasn’t a good one. Maybe things would have been different if we went during peak hours, but I really shouldn’t be making excuses, every restaurant should bring their A game at whatever time of day. On the other hand, if this is the best Dev has to offer, I’ll just keep taking my hearty appetite and love for Indian food to Parc-Ex.
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