Aladin Indian Bistro, Norwalk’s newest shining star, is delivering authentic Indian flavors with a modern twist. Their culinary team, headed up by Chef Kausik Roy has created a cuisine that is generating rave reviews and effectively introducing more and more people to the delicate beauty of Indian cuisine. His success with Stamford’s Tawa Restaurant laid the groundwork for what promises to be a staple in the Norwalk dining scene for many years to come.
The décor has a delightfully modern twist and is a welcoming environment that promises an exotic epicurean journey. Aladin takes a rather healthy and somewhat lighter direction, while still delivering the dramatic punch for which Indian food is so well known. The Coconut & Pepper Shrimp (smoky black pepper, mustard seeds, chutney, mayo) as a starter was a savory delight and one that seems to be a favorite of the new wave of fans. Chef Roy is also putting contemporary twists on classics, like using locally foraged ramps (wild leeks) with traditional Kulcha (flatbread) which is served with a delicious eggplant dipping sauce. There are also some innovative and timely menu options like the Gluten Free Roll (corn bread with tandoori chicken salad). A fan of locally sourced produce and meat, Chef Roy is deeply committed to top quality ingredients which can always be identified as they rest firmly on your palate.
There is certainly a wide array of delicious dishes from which to choose including favorites like the Goan Seafood Curry (Shrimp, Scallops and sea bass), Tandoori Scallops, Dahi Dhaniya Chicken (bay-leaf infused white chicken curry with yogurt and cilantro) and the Aloo Tikki Chaat (spiced potato pattie, curried chick peas, yogurt tamarind chutney). But there is much, much more. Chef Roy’s twist on seafood paella is very worthy of a sampling as well as their Signature Lamb Dampak (tender Lamb cubes cooked in a sealed copper vessel). Add to that innovative cocktails and a level of service that will have you returning for more Indian hospitality and you have a winner.
Aladin is a place where traditional Indian flair dances flawlessly with contemporary culinary desires and delivers a delicious and harmonious dining experience.