Beloved Indian Restaurant permanently closes
Tava Indian Street Food, located in the Central Business District, has announced its permanent closure. Chef Manish Patel has indicated that the restaurant’s final day of operation will be Saturday, November 18. According to many New Orleans residents, this is one of the best Indian eateries in the city. It also has the accolades to prove it. Undoubtedly, it will be missed and difficult to replace.
On Thursday, Patel took to Instagram to share his reasons for shutting down the restaurant. Tava, which initially started in a food hall, evolved into a full-service establishment, offering vibrant Indian dishes with a twist of street food’s easy shareability.
The restaurant gained acclaim when it was featured in Bon Appetit’s list of The Absolute Best Dishes We Ate at New Restaurants This Year.
One of Tava’s standout dishes, the say cheese dosa, was highlighted for Chef Mannish Patel’s fusion of traditional Indian techniques with contemporary American flavors. This unique dosa, a pancake made from lentil and rice batter, is cooked on tavas (round grills) at the bar and is enhanced with cheddar and garlic aioli. The dish was described by the author as drunk food for the gods.
Based on this, fans of Indian foot will definitely hoping that this re-opens under some capacity. Whether this happens remains to be seen.