Okay guys – my apologies for the delay on this one, I know many of you were waiting for my review. As you know from a prior post, I got a seat at the new HUSH Indian Supper Club in the U Street area last Thursday night. Well, it was an experience. I have a lot to say, so here goes…
Overall, I would say that this was a positive experience for me and the food was great. However, I’ll just put a disclaimer out there that this was Geeta’s (woman running supper club and cook) second time putting this on. So, she definitely has some kinks to work out.
There really was only one negative about how she put it on. The arrival time was 7pm. However, I didn’t leave until a little before midnight. That’s right, midnight folks. One would expect the courses to come out one after the other, which was not the case. At one point, we waited at least an hour between the first and second course. I was flabbergasted. Apparently others were too because a number of people left before dessert was even served (which was at about 11:15pm). I would think that she will grow to perfect this whole “timing” issue in the future, but who knows. So if you go, please plan to put in a good five hours of your life. Hopefully this kink is worked out in the future, because otherwise I would give it all positive reviews.
EXCEPT that this is a “social” dinner club. This has nothing to do with how she put it on, it is just the nature of the beast. You need to go in knowing that you will be dining with complete strangers who could have one or two screws loose. On Thursday, there were two couples, a brother and sister, two girlfriends, and then five ballsy single individuals (myself included). I knew I was in for some trouble when one of the single guys started focusing his attention on me almost immediately upon entering the door. I, for one, did not go into it thinking that I’d leave with a husband, but apparently finding a mate was on his agenda. This guy was incredibly annoying. He sat entirely too close to me during “storytelling hour,” sat next to me at the main table (naturally), and proceeded to get more and more drunk as the night progressed. He tried explaining to me that Asians look the way they do because of the food that they eat. Really? During one of the many breaks between courses, Geeta passed around this unusual spice. Dude thought it would be totally normal to lick his finger and stick it into the spice so that he could have a taste. Yes, she uses this spice for food. This, folks, is why restaurants are inspected. So, be prepared for some random weirdos if you do go. Everyone else, however, seemed normal and I genuinely enjoyed most of the conversations I had.
Okay so the positives! Here was how it worked…we walked in, everyone was given a drink (except me and a 20 year old – me because I gave up drinking for Lent [does Jesus not have the worst timing ever?], and 20 year old because he’s 20). We socialized for about an hour before making our way to the table for the appetizer, which was some sort of bread and this amazing chutney. Then we had “storytelling hour” back in her living room. This was when annoying guy was basically almost sitting on my lap. He was getting so drunk that he actually snorted at one point…wish I could have videotaped that one. During storytelling hour, she hands around the spices and explains the significance of each spice and explains Indian food and culture. Interesting discussion. Geeta likes to talk, that is for sure. Could also be why this ended up going on entirely too long.
A good bit later, we took our seats again and had the first course, including some sort of chickpea bean contraption (delicious), some red pepper mix (also excellent), and some type of yogurt to cool down the chickpea contraption. This part of the course was excellent. Then, we waited AN HOUR for the next course. I thought it was a joke or something, but no – we waited an hour. Next up, and I did not take a picture of this, was a more tame soupy mixture of some type of corn based mixture (I should really get the menu – this is not helpful). This was good. Did not fit my perceived Indian food stereotype of spicy; instead she equated it to something like macaroni and cheese in the US, comfort food.
Annoying Guy had to leave before dessert. On his way out, he looked at me, pointed, and said, “I’ll talk to YOU later.” Really? Wasn’t aware I gave him my contact information. Who knew I’d meet such amazing individuals at HUSH.
About half an hour to 45 minutes after finishing the second course, we were finally served dessert, which consisted of tea and some sort of carrot mixture. Good, but didn’t blow me away by any means. Some were saying they expected something sweeter for an Indian dessert. I really was expecting to get more food, to be honest. But the food we did get was great. So, overall, I would recommend it just for the experience. If you enjoy dinner parties, Indian food, and meeting new people, then this is definitely for you. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, don’t care to meet anyone new, and are not the social type – definitely skip it. There were not any private tables that night, despite being advertised on the website. If anyone does get a seat, please let me know what you think and if the timing issue has improved!