Ginger-Lemongrass Chicken Satay @ Carthay Circle Restaurant

Price: $14.00

When: July 2, 2016, 5:15 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

Like a Greek play, our dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant has had both comedy and tragedy. We loved the Blue Crab “Lettuce Cups”, but were disappointed by both the Signature Fried Biscuits and the Summer Yellow Tomato Soup.

We want more goodness. So we order the Ginger-Lemongrass Chicken Satay, and hope for the best.

Conceptually, this is simple stuff: skewered chicken, with some light seasoning. However, if you’ve read our review of the Chieftain Chicken Skewer at Bengal Barbecue, you know it’s frighteningly easy to screw up a skewer.

The dish arrives on a rectangular white plate. At one end, there are three skewers, arranged in a pyramid like a bonfire starter. There’s a small bit of pickled cucumber at the other end of the plate, and a creamy dill sauce drizzled over the chicken. (Also: sprig of mint. But I digress.)

I pick up a skewer, and give it a try.

This is outrageously good.

The meat is quite soft and very juicy. It’s been spiced (gently) which gives the chicken an extra bit of depth. The dill sauce is smooth and very focused. Overall, it creates an easy-to-enjoy appetizer that just keeps going and going. I loved every bite of this.

The cucumbers, while a garnish, are an excellent accompaniment. They’re very fresh, and very mild. The ground cashews on top add texture. Terrific.

This is a very happy-making dish, and one I’d gladly eat again.