Dining Out: Vivaan’s delectable Indian food deserves fans – Ottawa Citizen

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OTTAWA- November 12, 2020. Pani puri at Vivaan, pic by Peter Hum
Pani puri at Vivaan Photo by Peter Hum /Postmedia

While Vivaan also serves such Indian street fare as Bombay sliders and stuffed flatbreads, I’m more likely to get such items from Royal Paan, the newcomer Indian street-food eatery on Baseline Road, while preferring Mohan’s restaurant for its most distinctive dishes.

We shared three larger items that we would absolutely have again, and which, I think, would be fine ordered to go.

Mohan is from Hyderabad, India and he makes an exceptional Hyderabadi chicken biryani ($18), notable for its light, fluffy rice, moist and flavourful chicken, and bracing hits of spice paste. For one of my friends, some raita to tamp down the biryani’s heat was a very good idea.

OTTAWA- November 12, 2020. Hyderabadi Chicken biryani at Vivaan, pic by Peter Hum
Hyderabadi chicken biryani at Vivaan Photo by Peter Hum /Postmedia

The chef also serves Hyderabadi katli dal ($18), which is made with spinach and tamarind as well as yellow lentils. It intrigued me with a depth of flavour that made other dals seem second-rate.

OTTAWA- November 12, 2020. Hyderabadi Katli Dal at Vivaan, pic by Peter Hum
Hyderabadi katli dal at Vivaan Photo by Peter Hum /Postmedia

Drawing upon a preparation for seafood from Kerala, the tropical state on India’s southwestern coast, mussels moilee ($21) was packed with plump, toothsome shellfish in a mildly spicy coconut-milk sauce flecked with curry leaves.

OTTAWA- November 12, 2020. Mussels moilee at Vivaan, pic by Peter Hum
Mussels moilee at Vivaan Photo by Peter Hum /Postmedia

That sauce, like Mohan’s other concoctions, was too good to waste, and we savoured it as a dip for his made-to-order parotta flatbread ($3) and the even better onion-stuffed kulcha bread ($4).

You already know Mohan’s bread dessert ($9), a version of the Hyderabadi treat shahi tukda, was sublime. Vivaan’s mango shrikhand ($9), made with sweetened, extra-creamy yogurt that had been hung in cheesecloth to shed some of its water content, was compelling in a different way, and would travel better.

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