The cuisine of Gujarat is unique. When I came across this reader comment in The New York Times, I craved again for spicy muthia!
August 30th, 2007 If you have taste buds that crave for not-so-spicy but zesty food, you've definitely tried Indian cuisine. But now do try some exotic Gujarati savory - khaman-dhokla, muthia, or mirchi bhajiya - all in a three-course-dinner. Vegetarian Indian fare, but with a difference, Vatan (translates as homeland) offers it as a fixed price meal for just $25! The decor here has a close resemblance to an Indian Village setting; you can dress casually or formally, suit yourself. Before you head to 409 3rd Ave between 28th & 29th St. for dinner, ideally, you may want to call 212.689.5666 just to ensure you have a reservation; for a preview of the restaurant or menu, please visit http://www.vatanny.com/photogallery.htm. Perhaps I should head there for my own dinner, especially for that delectable mango ice cream I enjoyed so much the last time I was in NYC!
Alas, they’ve been shut for renovations and their webpage suggests we make our reservations at “Gaam”, at least until Fall 2008, when they’re expected to re-open. If this place is anything like the one described above, it may well be worth the $25.95 for a Dinner Prix Fixe, and authentic Gujarati, at that!