Monday, November 12, 2012

The Dish: Cardamom Hill's Fried Chicken

Even my friend at work, who was born in India, seemed dubious that fried chicken at an Indian restaurant made sense. But it turns out that fried chicken is beloved in Kerala cuisine just as it is here in the South.

By this point, many a food-lover has shared breathless accounts of just how good Cardamom Hill chef's Asha Gomez's fried chicken is. Even Bon Appetit recommended the dish in their Top Fifty Best New Restaurants article.

Now Cardamom Hill is offering two more fusiony takes on the dish with lunch specials that include fried chicken and waffles (Kerala fried chicken with low country waffles and a spiced maple syrup) and a fried chicken salad (Kerala fried chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted pineapple, diced apple, spiced pecans, carrots, and grapes tossed in a buttermilk dressing topped with puffed rice and fried lentils).

The skin is delightfully crispy with more interesting spicing than traditional American fried chicken, and the meat is juicy. The salad is made light and sweet with the addition of roasted pineapple, apple and grapes, a perfect foil for the salty and hearty chicken.
I've been inexplicably craving chicken and waffles for ages now and until now hadn't managed to get my hands on any. The fluffy waffles and spiced maple syrup were oh so good paired with the chicken. I ate every last bit of my share of both dishes. I thought for sure the chicken and waffles would be my clear fave since it had been on my mind for so long, but it was a draw. Both dishes are well worth getting, and I thought splitting the two made an ideal lunch.

Cardamom Hill
1700 Northside Drive
Atlanta, GA 30318

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 *Full disclosure: Although my meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!



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