A celebration of the diversity and versatility of Indian cuisine
When you think of Indian cuisine, the mind immediately conjures up images of elaborate feasting. But once you break away from that stereotype, you discover just how versatile the kitchen can be. The new Indian restaurant The Crossing is a celebration of this versatility and an ode to how cuisines from different parts of the country come together to make up the phenomenon that is Indian cuisine.
Before taking a look at the dishes on offer, what caught my attention is a small note at the very beginning of the menu which explains the restaurant’s philosophy: “We respect traditional Indian cuisine but continue to put forward a more offbeat side: food. Rajput cuisines, hidden gems from northeast India and simple yet robust recipes from the Indian coast. The Crossing’s cuisine also adds a more experimental edge to dishes, as evidenced by entrees like the Morai Bara (fenugreek fritters with basil, cilantro and za’atar). If you think gunpowder and prawns are an unlikely match, then Gunpowder Prawn, your classic buttery garlic prawn served with a dash of gunpowder, will have you believing otherwise. On the other hand, the Scallop Bean Thoran, which contains edamame, beans and masala pepper, is an innovative company. Personally, I liked that it was a selection menu, which meant that instead of flipping through many pages full of predictable offers, you had fewer options, each carefully thought out and cleverly experimented with. . I was also pleasantly surprised to spot Mutton Pulav on the menu. In the duel between biryani and pulav, the former usually ends up winning the vote of confidence. But The Crossing dares to push the boundaries a bit and advocates for a more varied dining experience. As a Bengali, I tried mustard fish at various restaurants, but was happy to see that the flavors weren’t sacrificed on the altar of experimentation. In desserts, the Serradura, which combines jackfruit with cream cheese, milk, soft cookie crumbs, is a clear winner. Being a chocolate lover, I was more than happy with Chocolate Bake, which also had a hint of lemon and honey.
Sometimes the pressure to be different can lead to gimmicks. The Crossing avoids this game and instead serves to remind us of our own culinary diversity.