Indian cuisine is one of my favorites, so when my mother told me about Ghee Indian Kitchen, we could not wait to pay a visit. I had to break my “lunch rule” and go for dinner as they open at 5 pm except for Sundays when they open for Brunch at noon.
The restaurant is beautiful and very modern, a sprinkling of Indian artifacts reminds you of the type of food they serve. One wall was lined with a shelve replete with bottles containing anything from ghee to tomato sauce to lentils, a splendid idea that I wish I could use at home. The venue is also the perfect size, not massive, but not too tiny either. There is also outdoor seating, but the day was too muggy to sit outside.
We started our culinary adventure with Garlic Naan. It was delicious with a pronounced taste of garlic and a little sprinkling of chives.
The Chicken Tikka Masala was also excellent; prepared with heirloom tomatoes and roasted peppers, it was tasty in the extreme and very generous with the sauce. We only wished that it had some more chicken.
As usual, I always have something very specific to order when I go to a new restaurant, and this time it was the Lamb Shank Biryani. This was a real work of art, both to behold and to savor. Slices of perfectly seasoned lamb were sandwiched in a golden tower of rice and topped with brilliantly red pomegranate seeds, chopped pistachios, and currants. It was a masterpiece. This dish was served with the best raita ( a yogurt and cucumber condiment) that I have ever had, which had some little balls floating in it that added tons of texture. I forgot to ask what they were.
For dessert, we had the Chocolate Chai Cake, topped with whipped shrikand (sweet strained yogurt), cherries, pumpkin seed brittle. In my book, chocolate + chai = magic, and this piece of cake, dripping with cherries, did not disappoint.
Chef Niven Patel is the driving force behind the collection of delicious food on the menu. He is a true believer in making his guests feel at home by offering traditional Indian dishes made with local ingredients.
Eating at Ghee Indian Kitchen was quite an experience – the food, the service, the ambiance made it an unforgettable place that we will visit again very soon.
GHEE INDIAN KITCHEN
8965 SW 72ND PL
Miami, FL 33156