Corner Delhi with Gillian Tozer

Our latest edition features a cozy Anglo-Indian restaurant in Prospect Heights called Corner Delhi. Owned by chef Tariq Haq, dishes served at this eatery tell the story of Tariq’s mother and grandmother’s culinary life in London with traditional Indian cooking. We headed down to Corner Delhi on a rainy Sunday evening with our good friend Gillian Tozer, co-founder of TRUSS, a handbag line of beautiful, handwoven styles from Oaxaca, to shared a delicious meal of curries, chutneys, and decadent desserts. She was gracious enough to tell us a little bit about what she does and some of her food favorites. Check out our little interview with her below.

To start our meal we ordered a few drinks from the restaurant’s selection of Indian-inspired cocktails, which are enriched with spices and fresh herbs. We especially loved the Indian Summer ($14) made with bourbon, sage, lemon and apricot preserve. The Viceroy Martini ($14) with Old Raj gin, vermouth and cardamom is also a great choice for martini lovers. For appetizers, we chose Poori & Chutneys ($10) and Goan “Ora King” Salmon Tartare ($14). The Poori (pictured), a deep-fried bread, came out hot and fluffy, accompanied by three incredibly fresh chutneys: coconut, cilantro, and tamarind. From the main Tandoor section of the menu, we ordered the Malabar Shrimp Curry ($19 pictured) and Old Delhi-Style Butter Chicken ($19 pictured), as well as from the Stove, the Mushroom & Chickpea Masala ($16 pictured). We fully enjoyed the smoky char on the shrimp paired with the sweet mango-coconut base of the Malabar curry and were pleasantly surprised by the freshness the vine-ripened tomatoes brought to the usually decadent and heavy butter chicken. The masala featured mushroom and chickpeas covered in a bright fire-roasted red pepper harissa, topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg.

Of course, we couldn’t forget to order some dessert. The Krishna’s Chocolate Cake ($10) was a dense cake with a slather of cardamom cream cheese and rose whipped cream. But the star of the show had to go to the Coconut Tapioca ($11). Anyone who loves bananas or fried plantains will not be disappointed. A rich, creamy interior of coconut tapioca is covered in a delicately thin layer of caramelized banana (highly, highly recommend!).

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do:
Australian living between New York and Oaxaca right now. I am the cofounder of TRUSS, an accessories brand that works with artisans throughout Mexico. I also do a little consulting on the side just to maintain the hustle 😉

Favorite dish at Corner Delhi:
I’m a sucker for Butter Chicken and New Dehli’s was amazing. To me, butter chicken at Indian’s spots is like the pad thai of Thai restaurants or the spicy tuna roll at most sushi restaurants—if you mess this dish up then there’s not much hope for anything else! Aside from the chicken being super soft and nicely portioned, the tomato cream curry was perfectly seasoned and yes, we ordered extra daal to soak every last drop up. Major shoutout goes to the salmon tartare starter! This was a completely unexpected option and remains my 2nd fave item on the menu!

Favorite food memory:
Food is pretty much linked to all my happy memories! A few summers ago, I was on a boat in Turkey where we tried our hands at spear fishing and almost immediately after catching the little guys, the cook on the boat prepared and served them. The meat was just like butter and needed virtually no seasoning.

Last September I was in Paris for work and was of course on the hunt for the perfect croissant. Going off a strong tip off, I found the most buttery, crispy croissant I think i’ve ever had. Walking through sunny Paris, listening to music, and crunching on my croissant is def a recent food highlight.

Last Australian summer, I went back home to go camping, well actually it was more like glamping due to the excess of delicious food my best friend prepared throughout!! There’s nothing like slow cooked lamb shanks and a Negroni while staring at the stars in the Australian bush.

And finally, Mexico! Outside of the amazing restaurant scene, the food of Mexico is unparalleled and in my opinion this is due to two elements: the sauces and the corn tortilla. I have eaten some of my favorite meals in this country and usually from the humblest of kitchens that only have a clay comal and an open fire to work with. As soon as I leave Mexico, Oaxaca specifically, I immediately begin to crave the black mole, the coloradito, the tinga, the… OK i’ll stop now.

Spirit food:
Something stupidly extravagant and delicious, IDK… I often stare lovingly at Lady M’s Mille Feuille cakes and think, you complete me. I’m sure most people would say something spicy that at first sends your mouth into a rampage but eventually eases off, giving you a nice warm buzz 🙂

Favorite NYC restaurant:
Aye aye aye… to be honest, there are so many popping up these days, I can’t keep up! The classics include Locanda Verde, Raoul’s, ABC Kitchen but also Olmstead, Paulie Gee’s, and Uncle Boon’s.

Go-to meal on a busy day:
Sweet Green or Juice Gen for a protein smoothie.

Next food destination:
Korea! I don’t know nearly enough about the culture and I figure the food is the best place to start!

Corner Delhi
447 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 576-3056
cornerdelhibklyn.com

Drunken Munkey

When friends or coworkers ask for restaurant recommendations, they expect good tasting food, but are also looking for restaurants with the right atmosphere that fit the occasion. Whether that be date night or a girls (or boys) night out, atmosphere plays a huge role in making a satisfying restaurant experience. We recently took a trip to the Upper East Side (a rare occurence for us Brooklyn kids) for some delicious Anglo-Indian food at Drunken Munkey. This eatery brings a refined dining setting with a whimsical colonial Indian backdrop perfect for those nights you’re feeling a little grown-up.

The Drunken Munkey is easily identified with its hazy red lights and the monkey statue that welcomes you at the door. The darkly lit den is adorned with vintage artwork and monkey chandeliers and candle holders. Unfortunately, all tables were reserved that night, but we were able to grab two seats at the bar. Naomi ordered a refreshing glass of Elderflower Champagne Cocktail ($13) that consisted of Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace, fresh squeezed lemon juice, rosemary infused St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and club soda (recommended if you’re in the mood for something classy). I ordered the Dark N’ Stormy ($13), which included Gosling’s Black Seal rum, ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime, sugarcane. The black seal rum creates this beautiful dark and cloudy layer at the top of your drink, and the best part is this drink comes in a beautiful vintage cocktail glass.

For food, I ordered the Drunken Munkey Lamb Biryani ($19, pictured) and Naomi ordered the Butter Chicken Tikka Masala ($18). During the two centuries of colonial rule, British, French, Dutch, and Portuguese recreated variations of their own dishes with Indian ingredients resulting in the new genre of dishes called Anglo-Indian cuisine. Drunken Munkey pays tribute to these historical flavors with their dishes. The Tikka Masala was a delicious bowl of creaminess with well-seasoned chicken and a few pieces of perfectly chewy naan bread. But we have to say, the lamb biryani was our favorite. It came in something that looked like a pot pie with naan bread baked over the metal bowl. The generous portions of lamb really tied this dish together, pairing well with the spice-filled rice.

Look out for more delicious dishes from the Upper East side. Don’t be surprised, there’s some good eats up there!

Drunken Munkey
338 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
(646) 998-4600
www.drunkenmunkeynyc.com

Cardamom Coffee

Hampton Chutney Co.

Native to India, the Middle East, and Scandinavia, cardamom is one of the most expensive spices to date after saffron and vanilla (the harvesting process requires that each pod be hand picked, hence the high price).  It’s aromatic, strong in taste and can be used in savory dishes, but most commonly used forms include flavorings in pastries, teas, and coffee. For all those pumpkin spice or cinnamon lovers, this one’s for you.

We’d like to divulge a little gem of a drink that’s served at Hampton Chutney. Widely known for their renditions of dosas, a South Indian specialty of fermented crepes made from rice batter and black lentils, the Indian restaurant happens to also offer a delicious cardamom coffee. Served both warm and iced, this sweet aromatic beverage is the perfect little treat or afternoon pick-me-up. Who said that spiced coffee is only a fall thing? Enjoy a cup at one of their three locations in Soho, the Upper West Side, or the Hamptons this summer.

Hampton Chutney Co.
143 Grand St, New York, NY 10013