I will start off with this. . . . I’m not a big fan of Indian cuisine. I’m not hating on it, but more like I have had my fair share of unhappy endings after a night of spicy curry. So when I was asked to try out Tiger Trail, I was all-in thinking I was going for a night of Asian cuisine. Shock on me!
When I opened the menu, I quickly learned that the restaurant didn’t feature pan-asian cuisine but rather Indian cuisine. We begun with an array of dishes, all of which I could not pronounce on the first try. Good thing we had an extremely helpful waiter who explained everything to us and even gave us suggestions on what we should try out. We picked out a couple of dishes we had never tried before (and of course some naan), leaned back and waited to be pleasantly surprised.
Our food arrived and it included a mushroom curry, (I have a thing for mushrooms, sue me) a prawn curry, some cottage cheese dumplings, kachumbari and two different types of naan. I had specifically asked for the food to be mild and chilies on the side which is what they brought us. Then came the do or die moment, how hot can you go, how hot can you go?
First I tried the prawn curry that was simply stunning in a tomato based sauce that was spiced just right. We immediately threw away the cutlery and were wiping our plates clean with the naan. That went down well. The next adventure was the mushrooms. Now here is where the dance of the spice begun.
The mushrooms were so delicious, but a tad bit too spicy for me, that of course, didn’t stop me. With every bite there was a tear shed, not from pain but from utter delight. The cottage cheese dumplings were floating in a lentil sauce that helped cool down my tongue.
My dinner mate on the other hand was having fits of laughter as she has a high tolerance for chili. I took a large bite of the dumpling and I could not sit down! I love cheese, but I was not expecting it to be fused with serious chilies. As my tongue, face and toes were on fire, my dinner mate was on the floor, cracking up in fits of intense laughter at my pain and discomfort. Then again, call it greed or gluttony, I could not get enough of it. Thank goodness for the kachumbari and the massive bottle of water I had ordered.
We finished our dinner having had a memorable experience. As I looked around the room, there were different groups of people, all laughing and having a good time as they munched away which made me feel good. The view of the pool area at night also added to the ambiance and the service was just perfect. What I can say is, if the spice is right, I might take a bite, and with Tiger Trail, I would definitely take myself back!