The usual meat week festivities include multiple visits to a variety of various locations that all share one thing: meat. However, this usually means trips to steakhouses, barbecues, and burger joints. But why confine ourselves to experiencing thick slabs of meat when you can have TRIPLE THE AMOUNT OF MEAT FOR THE SAME PRICE?!
Iowa City has two Indian Cuisine places–one that serves meat and the other that caters to the vegetable only crowd. Having been to the other one (Masala), I wasn’t impressed by their reheated, silver dished portion of Eggplant with “a mix of Italian spices.” The rice was dry, yet the naan was very excellent. Regardless, I was not willing to go there again. AND they didn’t serve meat, so it was out of the question.
Instead, Iowa City’s India Cafe was the most plentiful, incredible, and tasty Indian food ever to melt in my mouth and steam with Tandori oven fumes into my face. At first impression, it doesn’t look like a lot. The soup comes in tiny bowls. The lentil soup tastes a little like hummus without the lime and tends to be very dense. The chicken soup is tomato-based, a little spicier, and very succulent.
When they brought out the platter, the meat was stacked so neatly, my eyes deceived me. How much exactly did they give us? Wait. Next to the platter were three more curries: goat, lamb, and lentil. By the way, lentil means mashed or pureed black eyed peas for those curious. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a lentil fan. And when it comes down to it: the meat took Indian Gold.
Seasoned, not spicy, this Indian food is an Iowa City Treasure that appeals to multiple palates. The meat was tender and juicy. The chicken was incredible. I have never had such beautifully seasoned meat. Did I mention they give you the ENTIRE chicken? One wing, two legs, and then the breast cut up into many cubes.
The lamb cubes and their sauce was sweet and slightly tangy. Creamy and rich, it went perfectly with the warm and fluffy naan. The goat cubes just fell apart in your mouth they were THAT soft. Absolutely impecable. The sheer capacity of the meat filled us to the brim. We needed a box for the rice and naan. When wanting to consume all of the meats, bread only gets in the way. But we didn’t just get soup, copious amounts of meat, rice, and naan. Oh no; if it wasn’t enough already, we got dessert.
A sweetened and cinnamon-spiced chilled rice pudding. Oh and I thought I hated rice pudding. The Indian coffee–that was also included in our meal price–paired perfectly with it. I had to force it down. I couldn’t let it go. And despite being a cold dish, I couldn’t take it home. I knew it wouldn’t be the same.
This meal was lavishing in every aspect. It’s for people who want to just keep eating and eating and eating and. . . . all for the price of 39.99 US dollars. But don’t worry. There’s no way 1 person could finish it themselves. Instead, split between 3 people (with two food-induced coma satisfied and one very stuffed–although note they had eaten a tad bit before hand) the total plus tip comes down to only $15.06. So much more reasonable than that previous meat incursion AND