Sunday, November 07, 2010

Let's Chat About Truth

At Chelsea's Bombay Talkie on 9th Avenue between 21st and 22nd, Chat is always plentiful... Their 'Papdi Chat' are crispy flour 'beggar's purses' stuffed with potatoes and chickpeas in a tamarind and yogurt sauce...

DSC07873Bombay Talkie's cocktail menu includes A New Phase of Life, Unrequited Love and Truth Is Beauty. These sound as much like self-help titles as like self-obliterating tonics. I chose a "Truth is Beauty (Satyam Shivam Sundaram)" - Jasmine tea infused with apple cider, Apple Pucker, 99 Banana, Bacardi and fersh lime juice garnished with a drunken apple, served chilled or hot. I had mine hot..

Bombay Talkie's drink names are actually tributes to Indian movies, which are mentioned, as is the restaurant’s conviction that the gin, lime juice and saffron syrup in the Unrequited Love is “enough to drown any sorrow.”

The restaurant's owner/creator, Sunitha Ramaiah, aims to combine her childhood in Southern India and her adult life in Manhattan. Imagine a tiny roadside café filtered through a sleek Bollywood canvas...

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