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Clay Pit squeezes in near the top of Dallas Indian fare

Yet this is not to suggest that the Pit doesn't hoist itself out of its namesake cavity and rise to provocative heights now and then. Khuroos e tursh, a Pit signature, is an astounding dish, even if it looks like a row of petite chicken-fried steaks swamped in Black-eyed Pea cream gravy. Medallions of chicken breast, jammed with a spinach, mushroom, onion and cheese pulp, are simmered in a cashew-almond cream sauce. Chicken is largely little more than a mute canvas conveying virtually any flavor with which you deign to infect it. And this dish is a mess, what with spinach and nuts and spices, but it works extraordinarily well. The cream sauce nips with a pinch of sweetness kept in check by a surge of spices. The flavors are multitudinous, but never smothering or clashing. Shrimp rice creation was just as promiscuously flavored with juicy shrimp curls and long, supple and separate rice grains imbued with spices that stained the grains rust. The heap heaved with hefty ginger, clove and onion vapors while the flavors were sharply drawn.

Chai spice crème brûlée, punched with coriander, clove and cinnamon, was a drop-kick back into the pit. The crisp lid, bubbled with spice pockets, was tasty. But it was cool instead of warm, and the too-chilled custard was stiff and pasty, not smooth and velvety. Maybe it, too, was tortured in the tandoor.

Still, measured against the general timbre of Indian fare in Dallas, the Clay Pit easily squeezes in near the top, though pesky details keep it from reaching the buzzword heights described in the mission statement. Yet most problems could be easily remedied. Try wine color decoder rings for the wait staff for instance.

Clay Pit is located in a former Black-eyed Pea, but don't bother ordering a chicken-fried steak.
Kristen Karlisch
Clay Pit is located in a former Black-eyed Pea, but don't bother ordering a chicken-fried steak.

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Clay Pit Grill & Curry House

4460 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX 75001

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Addison

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972-233-0111. Open for lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Open for dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. $$
4460 Belt Line Road, Addison

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