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Cardamom Hill, open for around a year, is a small restaurant located near Northside Drive and 75. Headed by Asha Gomez, who became known around Atlanta for her Spice Route Supper Club, the food resembles that of her home, Kerala. While most Indian food is heavily spiced and known for its hotness, the Kerala spiced food is mild by Indian food standards. Cardamom Hill has won several awards since opening, most recently being named one of Georgia’s Top Ten Dining Destinations.
I’ve been a handful of times for both lunch at dinner. I was recently invited to come in and sample two of their new offerings: Chicken and Waffles and Chicken salad. Both feature the same fried chicken that CH as become known for. This crispy chicken is tender, juicy and has a hint of Indian spices. It is quite tasty, so no wonder they made the smart decision to capitalize on that and make some more dishes around it.
The chicken and waffles have a spicy syrup that compliments it well. The salad was a heaping potion of uniquely Indian ingredients with a hefty portion of fried chicken. Both are priced at $13. While I liked both of these dishes, I prefer the lunch Thali (same price) better. These lunch offerings feature four small plates: salad, rice, protein, and soup. Asha changes the ingredients daily. So, you may have graprerfuit or star fruit in the salad and different vegetables in the soup / herbs in the rice as well. I’ve quite enjoyed both the beef curry, pork vindaloo and of course the fried chicken as the protein.
The chai is simply amazing and the perfect end to your meal! Servers tend to offer it up as if it is part of the meal. Note that this is a separate charge, but totally worth it. I get it every time I visit Cardamom Hill.