Chef-owner Asha Gomez built on the success of her Spice Route Supper Club and opened this pioneering restaurant specializing in the dishes of Kerala, her native state in South India. Fish curry perfumed with smoked tamarind, pork vindaloo glazed with vinegar sauce, and sultry beef curries (Gomez grew up Roman Catholic, with no taboos against meat) illuminate the Portuguese, Dutch, and English culinary influences of the region, which for centuries has been a prominent port for spice trading. Wade into the new flavors with Gomez’s popular version of fried chicken, scented with citrusy curry leaves and coconut oil; at lunch she serves it over Lowcountry rice waffles. The food, calming interior, and polished service add up to a revolution in local Indian dining.
1700 Northside Drive, 770-549-7012, cardamomhill.net