Treat | Humboldt Park | Global/Fusion/Eclectic, Music venue | Restaurant
CLOSED. BYO cafe in Humboldt Park offering pan-ethnic and vegetarian-friendly fare.

Our Review

Formerly Mama Kitty's, this cozy and cheery Humboldt Park restaurant has quickly become a destination for affordable, creative cooking. Under chef Tamiz Haiderali, the menu's an eclectic mix--some tweaked American basics, a few veggie and vegan options, and a handful of classic Indian dishes. The last may be the weak link in an otherwise solid kitchen: chicken tikka masala was nicely spiced but kind of dry and a recent special of saag paneer was unbalanced, served with a heaping portion of rice and heavy on the cheese. But an entree of pan-seared salmon was perfectly cooked, just a skosh on the far side of rare; served with wilted spinach, sweet teardrop tomatoes, a yogurt-mint sauce, and herb oil, the whole plate was as clean and refreshing. A roasted wild mushroom appetizer was a crisp, tidy phyllo packet of 'shrooms and chevre on a bed of arugula and oven-roasted tomatoes dressed with a balsamic reduction; fennel gratin, another appetizer, wedded mild slices of fennel to a surprisingly complex, satisfying cream sauce. The soup of the day--watercress vichyssoise--cracked me up, its crouton raft with a leafy watercress sail floating on the deep bowl of ultrasmooth, mild puree.

Martha Bayne

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