For food-loving Seattleites, going to Vij’s Indian fusion restaurant in Vancouver is a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage, cough, I’ve never undertaken because it involves an hours-long wait that might be outside.
Its new Seattle sister restaurant, Shanik, hasn’t achieved foodie spiritual significance quite yet, but it can definitely be said they’ve become the talk of the town. (See Exhibit A below, people huddled inside the front entrance, waiting for its 5:30 PM Thursday opening.)
Overall Laura’s and my meal there on Thursday went pleasantly, especially for a new restaurant. I liked soaking in the honey-hued dining room, where service was amiable and we could really, truly hear each other without any hollering. (Did you hear that, MistralKitchen? No, because your dining room is too loud!) As an added bonus, they poured complimentary chai.
Oh, and there was food, food loaded with spices and textures. We tried three appetizers and one entree:
- Sauteed onions and tomatoes on layers of paneer
- Brussels sprouts with bell peppers, cashews, and paneer
- Lamb-beef kebobs with Bengali style curry
- Kale, jackfruit, cauliflower, and potato curry with roasted almonds
I particularly enjoyed the hot mixture of sauteed tomatoes and onions, with melt-in-your-mouth lamb-beef kebobs placing a very close second.
Of course, when appetizers fall in the $9-$12 range, ordering requires thought and discussion. We decided on a little curry, a little meat, and different varieties of vegetables… and we lucked out! I left feeling satisfied, but curious to try more dishes a few months down the road. Or maybe even up the road, in Vancouver. Especially if they pour complimentary chai.