Last weekend we FINALLY had the opportunity to head over to Workshop and try out one of their new stalls, Sambar! We’ve been dying to go try it out ever since it first opened a couple of weeks ago, but due to all the hurricane Irma craziness, our visit got delayed a bit.
Sambar is a new stall in Workshop that opened up just a few weeks ago. They serve up traditional Indian dishes, while also putting a more modern twist on their recipes. The items featured on their menu include three different kinds of curries, lamb meatballs, Dosa and dips (Dosa is a thin savory Indian pancake), a Mango Chaat Salad, Samosas, and Thali. The curries they have include a pork curry, a coconut cashew curry, and a chicken curry. If you get Thali, that includes a platter of one of these curries served over white basmati rice and their daily fresh veggies, sambar (lentil-based vegetable stew), and multiple kinds of dipping sauces, including a green chutney, mango chutney, and two other Indian sauces called Raita and Dosa.
Since Ashley’s husband, Brandon joined us on our outing to Workshop, he and Ashley decided to share the Thali, since it seemed like it would be plenty of food for both of them to share. Laura opted for the Mango Chaat Salad and the Lamb Meatballs. The Mango Chaat Salad was complete with roasted sweet potatoes, red cabbage, carrots, red onion, golden raisins, pumpkin seeds, the Raita sauce, green chutney, tamarind chutney, and crunchy noodles called Sev. The salad was super flavorful! From the sweetness of the perfectly ripened mango on top of the salad, the sweet potatoes mixed in, the golden raisins and the various chutneys to the savory taste from the onions and cabbage, the ingredients complemented each other very well. They seemed to provide both a sweet and savory taste to the salad, with just the right amount of spice to enhance the flavor. The Lamb Meatball dish was complete with 4 delicious, melt-in-your-mouth lamb meatballs on top of a bed of curried lentil hummus. On the side of the dish was an eggplant and cherry tomato masala, gingered turnips, and naan. This dish was Laura’s favorite among the two dishes she tried. The meatballs seemed to have a variety of different spices in them that made them quite flavorful and the hummus was the perfect addition to the meatballs. It was creamy and full of a fresh curry flavor. She thought the eggplant and cherry tomatoes were delicious as well and enjoyed mixing it in with the hummus. The naan bread was served warm and was perfect for dipping into the hummus!
Ashley and Brandon opted for the chicken curry as part of their Thali Dish. The curry was delicious and you could tell that it was made from a traditional Indian recipe. The chicken was cooked and seasoned quite well and the curry that was smothered on top of it was perfectly spiced. We tried all the sauces that it was served with and we loved all of them, except for the green sauce (Raita). It was a bit too much on the sour side for us. The Dosa (thin pancake) that the curry was served with was perfect for putting the curry inside and wrapping up, creating both a savory and spicy flavor to the meal.
We finished off our meal with a plate of Samosas, which are small fried pastries with a savory filling. Sambar does a Samosa of the week, so every week they have samosas with a different kind of filling. The day we were there, they were featuring butternut squash filled Samosas, which were absolutely delicious. The dough was perfectly fried and crunchy and when you bit into it, delicious creamy butternut squash oozed into your mouth. It was the perfect way to end our meal. The plate was served with three samosas, so just enough for each of us to have one.
As for the pricing at Sambar, we felt that their prices seemed pretty reasonable, with both of Laura’s dishes being less than $10 and Ashley and Brandon’s Thali platter coming out to $14 for both of them. The samosas were a bit of a reach, being $7 for only three small pastries. Unfortunately, none of us felt full when we were finished eating and when the other stalls at Workshop came around later on, offering up some of their leftover food for free, we were more than happy to indulge. Therefore, we would say that you’re probably not getting the best bang for your buck, and you’ll probably end up spending more money at another stall in order to get your fill. This is not to say that you shouldn’t go to Sambar though, because it is definitely worth trying, as each dish is well crafted and you can definitely tell that the dishes are made with real traditional Indian recipes.
We capped off the night with a visit to the brand new Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company, located right next to Workshop. We went on their opening night, so they only had three beers on tap, but we tried each one and they were all delicious! The beers they were featuring were the Coin Operated (a Belgian golden table beer), Hush that Fuss (hoppy American wheat beer), and the Comfy Arm Chair (English style session brown). Laura’s favorite was the Hush that Fuss, which was full of a delicious wheat flavor and was refreshing and crisp. Ashley and Brandon loved the Comfy Arm Chair, which was a darker beer and more bold tasting. We thought the Coin Operated was delicious as well, and had a lighter flavor compared to the other two. The best part was that these beers only cost $3! We’re not sure if this was the normal pricing on their draft beers or if it was just because it was opening night, but we were definitely getting a good bang for our buck here! The brewing company also has a complete food menu that looked delicious, though a bit on the pricey side, as well as cocktails on draft for $8!
We had a great time enjoying all that Sambar and the brewing company had to offer and we can’t wait to come back and try more of the stalls at Workshop! We may even try some more beers at the brewing company, as they will be brewing more beers to put on their draft list in weeks to come! Hope everyone has had a great week, and be sure to check these places out when you get a chance!
~Ashley and Laura