Today the hubs and I had the chance to go to Palo Alto to enjoy a lunch tasting over at Tava Kitchen and along side with the yummy food the best treat of all was having a conversation with one of the founders Hasnain. During our tasting we learned the story of Tava Kitchen along with the mission behind Tava Kitchen which was simple, to make America fall in love with South Asian cuisine and flavors. Hasnain walked us through the menu offerings as well as provided us with a sampling of a little bit of everything.
We walked away falling in love with the preparations of the crunchy kale and quinoa salad that had the most explosive flavors of the masala vinaigrette. Californians love kale and to the rest of the world thats all we probably eat or juice. I think kale is one of those greens that is not only common to eat and create means with, but its also one of those that are not often paired in south asian cuisines so it was nice seeing it on the menu. My other favorite side was the candied beets. I'm a huge fan of beets and order them whenever I can. Its a great root vegetable that is designed to not only clean out your insides and liver, but root vegetables have been known to have energetic properties to ground you. So when you're feeling not yourself or needing to get centered, pull out those root vegetables like parsnips, radishes, carrots, and beets.
Since I've been feeling under the weather, one of items on the menu that immediately looked tasty to me before trying it was the slow cooked braised chicken and braised beef. Which when I tasted them immediately made my soul feel a bit better. There's something about slowly cooked proteins that are simmering in a savory broth that reminds me of the good old soups made in Filipino households that made you feel immediately better when you feel under the weather.
For those who are vegetarian there are some options for you as well. Gluten Free, Paleo, and all the other dietary restrictions can easily be accommodated through the options of crafting your meal by either a bowl, plate, or burroti.
Over all I'm pretty impressed with the flavors of Tava Kitchen, but most blown away by their thoughtful items for infusing home cooked loved into healthy dishes without compromising the explosive flavors of the South Asian cuisine.