Stepping through the doors, Red Macaron and I were overwhelmed with the tranquility of a thousand prayers. There was a blend of Indian antiques and modern furnishings, an intersection between past and present. And by the window, a bowl of floating lotuses.
The menu was unique, with each dish more intriguing than the next. For entree – the Tofu Sensibility. On a warm ceramic plate, each round tofu sat comfortably with a yolk of chili lemongrass vinagrette and sprinkle of pickled seaweed. Lying underneath each, was a succulent portion of oyster mushroom. Each tofu alternated between hot and cold, adding to the senses.
Next, came the Straits Biriani. A colourful and spice sensation consisting of fragrant lemongrass and brown Basmati rice, warm and smoky baked vegetables, cashew and raisin chutney and a flake of pappadum. I loved the brown Basmati and the authenticity of the dish.
Our second main dish to share was the Lasagne Now. Layers of spinach and pumpkin; crunchy almonds, beetroot and pecan nuts; herb infused couscous and topped with a rich tomato and basil sauce, it was absolutely moorish. Never having seen couscous in a lasagne before, it worked surprisingly well.
For a sweet finish – the Steamed Flourless Orange Pudding. Such a delicately soft pudding with lovely citrus notes, accentuated by the fresh orange segments. The Creme Anglaise sauce laced with beautiful Callebaut chocolate sauce and sugar glazed almonds were divine complements to the pudding.
As I licked the last crumbs off the spoon, I was still in awe at the masterful, detailed and innovative dishes. Such a lovely dinner brings much peace of mind.
Shakahari Too | 225 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC | 03 9682 2207 |