I find it rather fitting that it has taken me over two months to write and post this latest blog entry for one of the newest additions to downtown Easton’s thriving restaurant scene. I say that because it took Aman’s many more months than they originally expected to open their new restaurant downtown on Northampton St. next to Maxim’s 22 but believe me the wait was well worth it! The interior is absolutely beautiful, a far cry from the previous tenant, Cheeburger, Cheeburger, that closed almost 2 years ago. Classy and elegant, yet casual and comfortable would best describe the interior of this new space. I absolutely love their dishes and they make for beautiful table settings.
For my first visit here on August 2nd of this year I brought my sister, who was visiting from Northern California, and my daughter, both who are huge fans of Indian food, to dinner and from the time we entered until the time we left we were continuously pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is BYOB so we quickly ran across the street to the Easton Indoor Market and picked up a couple bottles of wine from Tolino Vineyards to enjoy with our meal (there was a $5 corking fee which was very reasonable for two bottles of wine). After we were promptly seated, the service was excellent without being intrusive and the food was spectacular. We started with an appetizer of Lasuni Honey Gobi (battered cauliflower florettes stirfried in a sweet and tangy sauce) & paired it with freshly made garlic naan.
For our main dishes we chose Salmon Fish Tikka (wild caught Atlantic salmon roasted with a yogurt and herb marinade), Lamb Tikki Masala (tender meaty lamb cubes cooked in a creamy tomato and onion sauce), Mattar Paneer (pressed curd cheese and green peas cooked in a creamy sauce) and Basmati Rice. Each was excellent but I think my personal favorite was the Salmon Fish Tikka, yes that is a sizzling platter!
Of course it wouldn’t be me if we didn’t have dessert so we chose two items to share: Gulab Jamun (milk puffs soaked in cardamom syrup with shredded coconut) and Aman’s Orange Kulfi (Aman’s house special: hand churned orange flavored Indian ice cream). Wow, the ice cream was out of this world good & the milk puffs were just a little bit too sweet for my tastes but still good!
Overall this was just a wonderful dining experience and I was so impressed that I went back a few weeks later with a client for lunch. We had garlic naan, Chicken Tikka Masala (tender chicken cubes cooked in creamy tomato & onion sauce), Daal Makhni (Panjobi style black lentils sautéed in butter in a garlic-ginger sauce) and Basmati Rice. I have a new favorite now because the Daal Makhni was to die for! We didn’t have room for dessert on this visit because this was just too much food for the two of us but the restaurant shared some of their signature rice pudding (Kheer) and it was so good! Even with all we ate, we still brought 2 dishes of leftovers home for lunch the next day.
If you like Indian food or if you’ve never had Indian food and want to try it, I highly recommend you make a reservation and plan a visit. They offer a lunch buffet during the week and reservations are highly recommended especially on the weekends.
Aman’s Artisan Indian Cuisine, 336 Northampton St. Easton PA 484-298-0400 http://www.Amanseaston.com
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