I’m sort of an amateur when it comes to eating Indian food, so I always bring a seasoned vet with me. This go around, my friend (who just so happens to be a conoisseur of Indian cuisine) and I decided to try out Mela in the South End. I had heard good things and neither of us had ever been. YAY, adventure! And it was. Overall, our experience led to some mixed reviews. Some dishes fared much better than others, but there was one dessert in particular that left us totally perplexed — the Ras Malai, a fresh home-made cheese patty cooked in a milk syrup with almonds and nuts. I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking but it sounded intriguing at the time, plus a new take on cheese? Why not?
Well, ummm, yeah, this is what arrived shortly after placing our dessert order. I’ll admit, I stared at it for about 60 seconds before picking up my spoon. I didn’t really know what to think. Interesting presentation? After a few bites there was a lot of forehead scratching and confused gazes. We started saying things like “I think I like it.” “Yeah, I mean I don’t hate it.” “I think I just ate a deconstructed raisin.” The whole thing was a bit of a mind f*ck to say the least. The flavors were kind of good, the texture was kind of weird, and I still can’t decide if I liked it or not. Has anyone else ever tried it? Do you love it? Hate it? Feel strangely captivated by it? I, I just don’t know.