Nostalgic for last weekend's incredible Indian food, we decided to order carryout from Mehek** in Fells Point. We didn't care to dine in since the service has been patchy in the past. The restaurant itself is bright and clean, somewhat contemporary, unlike the mustier more traditional settings of others in the city like Mughal Garden, Akhbar, and the Ambassador.
The menu is standard fare. We ordered lamb vindaloo, channa masala, and naan. This is undoubtedly the best channa masala I have ever tasted. At other restaurants, it is a mishmash of canned or undercooked chickpeas in a greasy bright red tomato sauce. At Mehek, the chickpeas are wonderfully tender, the sauce deeply aromatic and developed. I asked for medium spicy, which still packed a dangerous punch of heat. By the fourth bite, I was begging to dunk my head in a vat of raita.
The naan was superb, even after steaming in a foil pack for 20 minutes. Soft, chewy, with puffed crispy skin, the naan became my vehicle to scoop up all that fragrant sauce.
**Mehek means "fragrance."
811 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231