In the previous post, 5 romantic outings were listed in the spirit of a 5–year relationship anniversary. My partner & I wanted to dine somewhere new to commemorate the occasion, somewhere that we thought might be able to make that list, and ultimately decided on Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine.

 

AMBIANCE

Walking in, you’re appropriately greeted with a huge picture of Buddha complemented by a glittering bowl of lotus flowers beneath it. The seating options all have a unique hint of luxury mixed with a medevial vibe. Seated towards the large glass windows at the side of the building, I had a view of the night’s street scene with darting car lights and coloured illuminations of adjacent businesses, while my partner had a view of the establishment’s inner layout from his broad, cushioned throne. The seating by the windows is more ideal for intimate dates (1 – 3 persons per table), while the wall seatings have a lovely set up for larger group dinners, and the bar area fit for small parties. I don’t get the vibe of a typical Friday night chill spot here; the atmosphere seems more fitting for special celebratory meals and intimate rendezvous. The lighting has the hue of an orange sunset just before twilight, deliberately dimmed, mimicking the glow of enhanced candlelight.

Nirvana is described as a place of perfect peace and happiness. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is the highest state of enlightenment that someone can attain, where a person’s individual desires and suffering go away.

The lotus flower is said to represent purity (as well as other positive traits), with different colours meaning different stages of enlightenment.

Travel Tip: Like many restaurants in the area, Friday nights tend to be packed here.

Two Great F Words While Dining – Food and Fast

The food menu is provided in quick order, and is dominated by chicken, mutton, and curry dishes. Not being very familiar with Indian cuisine? An attentive waiter may be on-hand to offer help with making our final decisions; this helped us a lot. After placing orders, this was probably the fastest time I’ve ever received my plate at a local restaurant; didn’t even have a chance to admire food at someone else’s table!

Starting with an appetizer, we shared a Roomali Roti Roll with Mutton and Vegetables, served with the options of 2 contrasting sauces. The maroon-coloured sauce added a sweet and tangy flavour, while the green sauce added heat, allowing different experiences depending on which you poured on your roll.

 

Very shortly after finishing the teaser dish, to my unexpected pleasure, both the main courses were served simultaneously, again in record time. I recommend ordering the Salmon Pan-Grilled, Pork Curry and sides of Basmati Rice and Garlic Cheese Naan Bread.

Entrees

The salmon is so0o flaky! I could not, for the life of me, pick it up with a fork; it had to be scooped with the help of a knife. The Indian spice marinade slathered on the fish complemented it well, not masking the taste of the salmon itself.

The pork curry isn’t a yellow-green hue. Jamaicans unfamiliar with Indian cuisine probably would’ve expected a similar look to curried goat, and would be very wrong. To push the shock up a notch, it tastes nothing like what you may know to be curried meat, and the way the pork is cooked makes it so soft that I briefly forgot what I was eating.

The naan flat bread has the taste of garlic in every bite, not subtle enough to go unnoticed and not overpowering enough to leave it’s flavour (and smell) lingering in your mouth. The cheese is generously distributed inside the bread, and the combination can be very addictive (fair warning!).

 

A lovely evening ended quicker than expected as like everything else, there was limited waiting time to receive and pay the bill. Nirvanna successfully established itself as a candidate for a romantic rendezvous favourite.

 

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OVERALL REVIEW
  • Delectability 85%
  • Food Variety 65%
  • Staff Interactions 80%
  • Ambiance 90%

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