The stairway to the restaurant wraps around a gorgeous chandelier.
Hard to see in the photo, but it's shimmery. The staircase winds down to a small reflection pool.
For the opening party, the food was served at various buffet stations--something that will not be the norm, as Iyer wants to move away from the stereoypical Indian buffet restaurant. And oh, the food:
This is just a sampling of what was available. Grilled lamb chops with a fenugreek cream sauce; goan pork tenderloin; tandoori chicken; and a green bean-carrot dish. All delicious. The lamb chops in particular were amazing; I may have, ahem, gone back for seconds. (Maybe thirds, but I'm not telling.) There was also eggplant pate, and some lovely coconut shrimp, with a very light batter as opposed to the coconut-drowned versions found elsewhere, and a spicy mango chutney.
I loved it. I'm anxious to go back and try the sit-down version; you lose a little something when you're scrambling around a crowded room, trying to find a place to rest your plate and wine glass. But I'm anxious to see how the restaurant continues to evolve, given Iyer's heavyweight Indian culinary knowledge.