Kerala Chemmeen Curry & Lamb Vindaloo at Amrutha Aappakadai Indian Chettinad, in Fair Oaks, CA, just outside Sacramento.
Our friend Dave, now living in Portland, but previously from Sacramento, recommended Amrutha Aappakadai to us. Dave has done quite a bit of travel around the world, including trekking around India on a motorbike. We took his recommendation seriously. Glad we did. I have never before experienced Indian cuisine of this calibre.
Kerala Chemmeen Curry, a coconut-based curry with prawns, exploding with a vivid array of spices and herbs, including curry leaves. Absolutely sublime.
Lamb Vindaloo. A Goan approach to a tangy, rich sauce, redolent of spices, big chunks of lamb and potato. A stunning, arresting earthy contrast to the ethereal Kerala Chemmeen Curry.
OK, this is just basmati rice and garlic naan (both perfectly executed), but I only included this because we were doubled over in laughter, so pleased we were that the bathrooms and hallway just outside was heavy with the pleasant aromas of Naan with Ghee.
And, to put an exclamation point on one of the best meals we've ever had, here's the Goat Biryani, with chunks of roasted goat on the bone, infusing the rice with deep umami richness, served with a spicy sauce and the yogurt raita that usually comes with Biryani, absolutely delicious and fresh.
Amrutha Aappakadai Indian Chettinad
8121 Madison Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628