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Nutmeg Brewhouse

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Happy Thirsty Thursday!

There is a new brewery South of the River!

It’s about time. Around these parts, we’ve only had Badger Hill Brewing to keep those of us in the South Metro company.

Nutmeg Brewhouse had their soft opening on January 2nd. The next day, Rob read a bunch of critical comments on Facebook. How could it be so bad? How can you judge so soon? Generally, we like to visit a new restaurant after they’ve had all of their kinks ironed out. But all of this ridicule had us intrigued to stop in on Day 2.

First, let’s get things straight. This is a brewhouse, not a taproom. It is a restaurant with its own beer on tap.

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Many of the online complaints were about about the beer descriptions. I will agree that “hop-flavored” beer is a strange and very generalized description; however, I’ll give them a break here. I can’t even imagine how exhausted one has to be putting a place together like this.

The other big complaint was about the beer. Uh-oh.

I had the Mild Porter, which was quite fine for a porter, if anything, just a little light. But, then, it was accurately named Mild Porter. Still, I enjoyed it. Rob liked the Shipmate’s IPA much more than I did. The biggest online complaint seemed to be about the unfiltered Wheat Weiss {which Rob pointed out is redundant}. It didn’t look just a little cloudy, but completely opaque.

I honestly had no complaints about my beer; it just wasn’t anything special. And as you know, these days, that’s what I usually go for. I could enjoy the Mild Porter any day; it’s just a little difficult after savoring a porter as wonderful as Death by Coconut by Oskar Blues the day prior.

Seriously, when it comes to beer, though, let’s give these guys a chance.

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The menu says that all of the beers are “brewed in house using traditional colonial influences.” I’m not quite sure what that means. Then, from Nutmeg’s Facebook page:

Nutmeg Brewhouse will feature British Colonial influenced cuisine and traditionally crafted beer.

Truly, I’d just like more info. It seems that you may find beer that is more particularly British in style and foods that are stereotypically English {read: fish and chips} or incorporate flavors from lands the Brits colonized {read: Indian}. But why the name Nutmeg? That’s something I should have asked.

Note: Nutmeg was built as an addition to the India Palace building. Rumor has it that the addition is owned by the owner of India Palace. But Nutmeg has its own kitchen and does not seem to be physically connected {by a doorway} to India Palace.

I also find it interesting that all of their wines are Australian, presuming that they are going with the colonization theme. Actually, I like that. British beer, Indian-influenced food, Australian wine…

Truthfully, I’ve never found a sparkling shiraz on a restaurant menu before. But there is a huge discrepancy with wine prices here. The reds are almost double the price of the whites! If you are running a business in Burnsville, the only way you are going to get away with a $13 glass of red wine  is at Chianti Grill, not a brewhouse.

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Now it was time to try the food. The menu is currently very basic, but is supposed to be expanded. I’d like to see some descriptions.

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Rob opted out on the food since the only dish he could have was the Scotch Eggs, which didn’t interest him at the time. I wanted everything, but couldn’t make up my mind without descriptions.

Since we were on the end of the bar, we could see all of the people seated around it. Several people ordered the Canterbury Cod and Chips. To me, the fish looked a bit dark, overcooked and greasy. However, the guy next to us told the bartender that he liked how the batter was really light. So I guess it really needs to be tasted.

I asked our bartender for a recommendation.

Chicken Tikka Kabab with Mint Chutney - $15

Chicken Tikka Kabab with Mint Chutney – $15

 

I love Chicken Tikka Masala, so I agreed it would be a good choice. The meat was very good, but I do like the extra sauciness of a traditional masala dish.

Please Note: This dish does not come with the mint chutney on the side. The bartender merely suggested it. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it; but it was really want the dish needed! The vegetables were way too boring without it. The mint chutney wasn’t overly minty, just more fresh-tasting. I’d order that sauce again and again. The rice was just way too much. Overall, the way the dish was served to me, it was pretty good. But for $15? I’ll try something else next time.

I had to ask what they did serve that chutney alongside and it turns out it is with {or on?} the flatbread. See what wonders a description would do? I can only assume that they are working on all of that.

Don’t quote me on this, but we overheard that the Grand Opening is on January 27th. That is not too far away! Until then, they are open daily from 3pm to 10pm.

We’ll definitely be back to see how Nutmeg Brewhouse adapts to little ol’ Burnsville. Maybe in a few months, we’ll give you an update.

Have you ever gone to a restaurant right when it debuted?

If so, what were your impressions?

Did you go back?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

India Palace

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I couldn’t believe this week when Rob took me out for Indian food!

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As long as I have known him, I’ve never seen him eat Indian food nor has he shown an desire to go out to an Indian restaurant.

But then he surprised me when we arrived in the parking lot of India Palace.

It had been so long since I’d been out for Indian and I was still a little in shock when we were seated. Could our arrival have something to do with the fact that this Burnsville location has rumored to be adding on a brewpub? 😉 Perhaps. But it is obvious that the construction is not complete. So Rob did have a genuine interest in trying some Indian food.

We ordered wine. Rob loved the pours. It’s the way he likes to pour wine, despite the fact that he knows it is wrong! It wasn’t a very good wine; but you don’t have much for options at restaurants like these.

Tip: Whenever I eat at an Asian restaurant with a limited wine list, I usually order a riesling or a gewurztraminer. I normally tend to drink reds. However, the sweetness of a riesling or a gewurz counteracts with the heat in any spicy dishes, balancing out the two. In addition, the quality of these two wines is generally pretty decent or at least a lot more palatable than cheap red.

“Why didn’t you tell me that?!” Rob asked after he tasted the wine he just ordered and made a face.

I guess I was still in shock that he’d taken me here. I wanted him to order whatever his heart desired!

Rob’s dinner choice also surprised me. Who was this man sitting across from me?!

BEEF SHAHI KORMA Beef cooked with pieces of fresh homemade Indian cheese in a creamy sauce, garnished with cashews and raisins

BEEF SHAHI KORMA – Beef cooked with pieces of fresh homemade Indian cheese in a creamy sauce, garnished with cashews and raisins

He loved it! He said the flavors were delicious. The spices were warm, but not hot. We both ordered medium spicy, but as you may know, Indian spice is a lot more subtle than that of, say, Thai food. The beef pieces were tender, too.

One of my favorite Indian dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala. However, India Palace’s menu is pretty extensive. So I wanted to try something new! I was feeling like chicken, but the descriptions all sounded so similar – mostly tomato sauces with a touch of cream, which is pretty much what the sauce is in the Masala dish. I asked for a recommendation. The waiter pointed out four dishes, all of which I had been considering.

I finally settled on this:

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CHICKEN MAKHANI – Tender, boneless pieces of tandoori chicken cooked in a fresh tomato sauce with a touch of light cream and imported seasonings.

As suspected, it looked and tasted similar to Chicken Tikka Masala with a nice subtle heat. Of course, we received a nice bowl of basmati rice to use as a base for our saucy goodness.

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Now that Rob is willing to go out for Indian food, I need some suggestions on what to order!

What are your favorite Indian Dishes?

Please describe what they are like to me, so I can order more easily!

Cheers~
Carrie