Monday, May 4, 2015

Local Eats: Bhojanic

Having been off work for what seems like forever, I've been able to explore around Atlanta a little bit. Why not make it fun and try out a few new places? So that's exactly what I've been doing. That and trying out new things to cook, but that's a whole other discussion. For whatever reason, I've been in the mood for ethnic cuisine.

There's a list of things to do and try in my phone (because lists make the world go 'round) and Bhojanic was on it. I'd seen it featured in various publications around the city, even winning several awards. And y'all already know how I feel about Indian food. Nestled in the bustling Lenox Square Mall area is a small, but bright, "homestyle Indian" restaurant. I always kid and say, "You know an ethnic restaurant is good if you see that ethnicity patronizing." There is, however, some truth to that and from the looks of things, I was in the right place.

Bhojanic Indian- Lenox Square, Atlanta

The menu was astonishing. "I'll have one of everything!", I wanted to say. It all sounded so good. I definitely had to pick something that gave me a little of this and a little of that. So I went with Thalis (Traditional Indian Combo Platter): The Bhojanic (1 meat and 2 vegetables). Out of the choices for the day, I chose Lamb Curry with Saag paneer (creamed spinach with Indian cheese) and Bhindi Masala (Sautéed Okra with caramelized onions). All Thalis were served with Rice Pullao, Chapati (whole wheat flat bread), Raita (cucumber yogurt sauce), Papadam (crispy lentil cracker) and a side salad of the day--a little of this. We also ordered the Tandoori Chicken Wings to share because you can never have too much good food--a little of that.

The Bhojanic Thalis and Tandoori Chicken Wings

Yes, yes, and yes! The presentation was overwhelmingly gorgeous, if food can be. The plump Tandoori Chicken Wings were golden orange and charred in all the right places. And the combo platter was served on a large metal cafeteria style tray but the food was a far cry from an ordinary cafeteria. There was a heap of rice and equal amounts of everything they had promised. We dug in! And by "dug in" I mean all but licked the plate. Every morsel was bursting with classic, vibrant Indian flavors. Each item seemed carefully thought of and hand crafted. There was appropriately no skimping in the spice department either, so good thing we ordered a Mango Lassie mid-way through. Plus, the Indians sitting near us swore by it.

Tandoori Chicken Wings

Bhindi Masala (Sauteed Okra and Caramelized Onions)

Saag paneer (Creamed Spinach with Indian Cheese)

Curry Lamb

Mango Lassie

A happy dance was definitely in order. I almost forgot that I wasn't in India at a grandmother's dinning room table, but on a patio in Buckhead on the first day of spring. My first time at Bhojanic most certainly will not be my last. It's already been promoted to "Favorite Indian Food Within Reach"! See you in the near future Bhojanic.

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  1. Tiffany, I applaud you for exploring food from different cultures. I'll have to experience this vicariously through your blog!

  2. Indian food is definitely delicious

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