Last night I went to the one year anniversary dinner party for Adya Fresh Indian Flavors, an authentic Indian restaurant that is a reflection of modern India and revolves around fresh, sustainable ingredients, prepared in a casual setting. Chef Shachi focuses her menu on contemporary interpretations of Indian street foods, tandoori specialties and rich curries and I was so excited to visit!
Adya opened this past June 2014 at the Anaheim Packing House Shopping Center at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd #201 in Anaheim, CA.
“With ADYA, I present an Indian experience that will allow those who are both familiar and less experienced with Indian cuisine to embark on a delicious, unique culinary journey that emphasizes fresh ingredients and pronounced flavors,” commented Chef Shachi, who blends Western and Indian cultures to create artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity. “The casual setting of ADYA makes it inviting and accommodating to a wide range of guests who seek out the rich experiences that Indian cuisine has to offer.”
For the one year anniversary meal we had an opportunity to try a selection of dishes that exhibited modern and creative classic Indian cooking styles, some with a bit of spice and some very mild. The flavors in all of these dishes were bold, yet not overpowering and utilized a variety of Indian spices that were mouth watering.
We started our evening with Papadum, which is a crisp fresh prepared type of cracker or flatbread with tomato chutney, mint chutney, and tamarind chutney as dipping sauces, along with a platter of puffed lotus seeds. Each of the flavors was unique and tasty, but my personal favorite was the mint chutney that was blended with a yogurt and ginger. It was flavorful and addicting. 🙂
Next, we tried the Crab Masala which was unique blend of crab, corn, asparagus, and mustard yogurt. I was a bit skeptical about how mustard with go with yogurt and let me tell you…this ended up being one of my favorite parts of this dish! Chef Shachi blended these ingredients together perfectly! While this crab dish had a bit of spice to it, it was tolerable for my spice level. I enjoyed this dish and would definitely order it next time I visit Adya.
We then moved on to the Lamb Kofta, which were essentially lamb meatballs prepared in a tomato tamarind glaze. The meatballs were quite tasty, but for those of you that know me from past reviews I cannot handle spicy and these were a bit on the spicy side for me. My hubby, on the other hand was able to eat these like candy! The lamb was fresh and delicious and I guess for my taste buds, I would have to go a little lighter on the sauce, but these were definitely delicious for anyone that loves spicy food! 🙂
For our main course we enjoyed three different items. We had the Thali – Dal Makhani (black lentils), Chicken Tikka Masala, and the Kokum Fish Curry paired with avocado raita (yum!!), salad and rice. There was also delicious garlic and butter naan to wrap these specialties like little burritos and enjoy…or at least that is what I did. 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed each of these items, but for me the Kokum Fish curry in the amazing sauce stole the show! This fish dish alone wrapped in the delicious warm garlic naan made my taste buds happy and I kept going back for more. I will definitely going back to purchase this dish soon as I could simply not get enough of it!
For dessert we had White Chocolate Rabri and Cardamom Grilled Peaches & Date and Coconut Naan, and a special chocolate truffle made with Chef Shachi’s blend of chai spices prepared by a chocolate shop a few doors dow named Dark 180 Chocolate. Each of these items hit the spot as they were not overly sweet and easy to eat after our meal. Each of these desserts were so unique and not like anything I had ever tried before. I finished each and every last bite of the grilled peaches and saved part of my chocolate truffle to enjoy the next day!
If you have never dined at Adya, you must go check it out. Whether you love Indian Food, have never tried it before, or only eat it once in awhile, this place is a must visit. There is something for everyone, as they even have vegetarian options and the food is prepared fresh with the best local, organic, and biodynamic ingredients possible.
Next time I look forward to trying the warm naan stuffed with goat cheese! I must also say they had a large variety of wines and craft beers which is always a plus I my book! Please let me know what you think of Adya below! I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂
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