While waiting for the Thali set, Robert served us papadum, a round, chips-like crispy appetizer served with different dips. It comes in regular or spiced flavor, and is always a complimentary for all orders.
I was not hungry but the Thali set teased my tastebuds beyond control. It was enough to feed two people, served a round tin plate, with tiny tin plates inside carrying several mouth-watering concoctions. Thali set comes with a serving of fried and spiced saffron rice, a slice of garlic bread and a whole Bhatura, a deep fried puffed bread excellent for dipping. The tiny tin plates contained chicken barbeque from the clay oven, shrimp chttinadu (shrimp cooked in spicy gravy with fresh Indian spices), buttered chicken swimming in tomato-butter cream, goa (coconut-flavored) fish curry, lamb sag (spinach with lamb meat), and adu gobi (cauliflower and potatoes). For $22.50, you can have a complete set of Indian cuisine with a choice dessert. A very satisfying meal.
Robert added lamb vindaloo, which is tender lamb cooked in a goan-inspired curry, prepared with vinegar, garlic and green chillies. He warned that it is VERY hot and told us to go easy. I had to drink two glasses of water straight after sipping though. It was very hot indeed.
For dessert, we had Gulab Jamun, a sweet concoction of milk powder flavored with saffron rice and poured with syrup made from milk, honey and sugar.
Taj also serve house wines by bottle, glass or by shots, cocktails including with intriguing names like B52/Blow Job, Sleeping Grasshopper, Brian Tumor, and Sex on the Beach. Robert prepared a glass of Green Breeze cocktail for me and Island Ice Tea for my buddy.
Last month, Taj started offering the use of traditional waterpipe- the Hukka. This has become a craze and already popular in other parts of the world, with both men and women finding great pleasure in smoking.
For $20, five or six customers can enjoy coffee and share a smoke using the waterpipe with sisha or flavored tobacco. They come in Jasmine, Rose, Peach, Benan, Apple, Mint and Cherry flavors.