Things will soon get hotter at Eau de Monsoon, the Indian fine dining restaurant at Le Meridien where Chef Devender Kumar has introduced a menu that’s full of chilies from all over. I was treated to a sneak preview of the menu a few days back with a lunch meet up that began with Three Pepper Prawns, three jumbo prawns, each flavored with a different type of chili (I ate their excellent Chicken Tikka instead), refreshed with a tall glass of Ily Chilly (vodka, baileys, chili infused milk, bitter chocolate, crushed ice, whipped cream and cocoa powder), continued with a main of Laal Maas accompanied by Achaari Lal Mirch Paratha, Pepperoncini paratha and Hari Mirch Paratha. They also have a very interesting martini formatted drink called Hot Affair, that’s a mixture of Aam panna, chili infused vodka, anisette and ground black pepper, garnished with a strip of aam papad.
While all we ate and drank were quite good, especially the Illy Chilly, which punched the back of the throat with a hit of chili that went away nearly as quickly as it came, my surprise of the afternoon was the Bell Pepper and Smoked Paprika Ice Cream. Made with a blend of ice creams, roasted, skinned and pureed bell peppers and paprika, the flavor profile of this ice cream was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted – creamy, sweet, smoky, mildly chili-hot and quite reminiscent of bell peppers in a very nice manner.
The promotion is due to begin on the 16th; you may want to start planning a visit.