Review | Badshah
Since the East Village hit, Babu Ji, shuttered a few months ago, lovers of Indian cuisine have been hankering for a replacement. Luckily a vet of the restaurant, Charles Mani, has landed a new gig at a Hell’s Kitchen spot, Badshah. The new restaurant comes from restaurateur, Abishek Sharma (of Surya and Swagat) and the new restaurant focuses on the traditional flavors of Indian food as well as incorporating traditional dishes from across Asia.
We were lucky enough to try it out ourselves on opening week – check out our thoughts below:
The space is clean and cosy with a fresh white bar lining the space to the right as you enter and a row of tables opposite. The front window is also completely retractable opening up onto the street and customers can perch on stools and have their dinner as they watch the world of Hell’s Kitchen go by.
While everything on the menu is great, we fully support going for the tasting menu and following the chef’s lead. If you’ve dined at Babu Ji before, you’ll love this tasting menu which doesn’t veer too far from the tasting menu there. The tasting menu starts off with the lightest Punjabi Samosa that is filled with flavor inside a perfectly crisp pastry, followed by an Indo-Chinese style cauliflower that is fried in a tangy sauce with the perfect amount of chili added to it. We were lucky enough to try both the Tandoor chicken and clove smoked lamb chops after our appetizer – both of which were cooked to perfection with just the right amount of flavor you would expect from a Tandoori dish. Following that is the moment we had been waiting for – the plethora of curries served with rice and naan. Each curry was equally delicious in its own right with stand outs being the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh (which packed the perfect punch of spice) and veg-centric butternut squash curry served with a classic coconut sauce.
At the time of dining here the restaurant was so new that they didn’t yet have a liquor license so, unfortunately we can’t comment on the alcoholic side however, they did have some classic non-alcoholic drinks on offer like a Mango Lassi or Masala Chai.
In a nutshell 4/5:
If you’re in need of an Indian-food-fix after the closing of Babu Ji, you will find your saviour in Badshah.