A Table at TABLA

The tabla (Hindi: तबला, Tamil: தபேலா, Bangla: তবলা, Nepali: तबला, Urduطبلہ tablāfrom Arabicطبل، طبلة tabl, tabla) is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means “drum.” [1]


Having had a bit too much fun the night before at Area I didn’t participate in Martini Week last night at Tabla. After an afternoon of apartment hunting in the city we headed over to our reservations at this famous Indian restaurant on Madison Ave [right by the famous Shake Shack]

I had a glass of Riesling while R got his vodka fix with their signature martini

Tablatini – pineapple, lemongrass, lime and Absolut Citron

Fried Chickpeas, Pickled Carrot, the most delicious Indian Spiced  Popcorn

Ok so my biggest gripe about the place was the overabundance of silverware. They stuck spoons and forks into every single dish and bowl that was passed over to us and it annoyed the hell out of me. First, what a waste and second, way to ruin the presentation. Thirdly it takes up so much space.

Chutney Sampler: Tamarind-Jaggery; Mango; Lemon; Spicy Chili; Cilantro-Mint; Peanut-Chipotle Raita

Laccha Flatbread Tandoori Bread

So delicious and crispy…. I loved it the best with the chili, the raita and the cilantro-mint chutneys… yumyumyum

Salmon Ceviche – walnuts, pasilla chilies & mutsu apples

Way too overspiced and overpowered the salmon. Raw salmon has such a naturally distintive taste and it was such a shame that it was covered up by all its heavy company.

Bruléed Hamachi Sashimi – hearts of palm, olives & orange chutney

The hamachi itself was fresh and creamy and had a buttery taste but the brulée was too salty and sweet…. with the orange, blood orange and pomegranate seeds it was just constant fighting of flavors and textures in the mouth.

Tandoori Octopus – black pepper, cilantro  chilies

This was delicious. So tender and flavorful – absolutely amazing and one of the [few] favorites of the night.

Wild Mushroom Fricassée – semolina polenta, coconut & black cumin

The polenta had a slight lemony-ness to it. Their were huge chunks of various mushrooms in it and with some wilted greens mixed it. Soooo good

Tandoori Sweetbreads – green papaya salad & candied ginger

This was a HUUUUUGE sweetbread. It was milky but upon first bite it was too…. sweetbready… creamy with a slight bitterness to it… we weren’t fans. The pickled papaya salad wasn’t that great either. Pass.

Roasted Cauliflower Curry – tamarind, coconut milk & ginger

This was definitely my favorite of the ngiht. I looove cauliflower and the curry wasn’t overpowering at all. Sooooooooo delicious. I could’ve eaten a  huge tub of this.

Spicy Brussels Sprouts – toasted lentils, ginger & Thai chili

I don’t think these were spicy but I absolutely loooooooooooved that there were lentils in it.. added more texture to it and added lightness.

Tandoori-Fired Black Pepper Prawns – shell-on, with coriander seeds & black pepper

These were wayyyy too salty, otherwise they would’ve been absolute perfection. They came with the heads on, which if you’re a shrimp head fan, is so delicious and full of flavor.

We were disappointed to say the least and I doubt I’ll be coming back here again. I think if you do, opt for more vegetarian… or try an entree. A lot of the dishes are just overpowering in fighting flavors and spices and just overly salted… so I wasn’t a huge fan of that.

Dessert was great tho…

Tahitian Vanilla Bean Kulfi – caramelized Locust Grover apples, cardamom walnuts

So creamy and delicious. The caramel was a bit overly sweet but it was soooo good with the crunch of the walnuts and the crisp apple chip.

Migliorelli Pear Tarte Tatin – port wine reduction, pink peppercorn ice cream

I had to get this because of the pink peppercorn ice cream. It was good, but just good on it’s own, I didn’t like it with the pear. But the pear tart had 4 differently prepared pears on it. The first three were in port-wine and with various softness. The top was the best, with a slight crunch to it. The second layer was softer and the dark red by the ice cream was soft and melt in your mouth. The last was a dehydrated pear chip which lent a hand in adding some firmer texture.

I left unsatisfied and slightly disappointed :[ Maybe I had too high of expectations? Or maybe we just picked all the “wrong” dishes… oh well, better luck next time.

What’s your favorite unique Indian [including authentic, fusion and inspired] dish, and from where?


  1. Cyberman says:

    Have you ever seen somebody lick the chutney spoon in an Indian Restaurant and put it back ? This would never have happened under the Tories.



  1. […] since my Tabla scare with sweetbreads… I’ve been hesitant about ordering them.. but then I still can’t resist. And plus […]


  2. […] LOVE sweetbreads, and these were fantastic. Everytime I eat sweetbreads now I cringe and think of Tabla‘s.. worst, but these were […]


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