If youíre travelling to The Barnyard in Carmel, California be sure to check out the very first Indian restaurant in the neighborhood, Aabha Indian Cuisine. Bhubender Signh and his wife Kalbana opened the restaurant in November of 2016 and it has gained a stellar reputation within the community since. Bhubender was born and raised in New Delhi, India and worked in the hospitality industry before becoming an amazing chef. He came to the US in 2000 and has worked as a chef here for the last seventeen years, even opening a few of his own restaurants along the way. Aabha Indian Cuisine is his latest endeavor and Monterey Weekly has already named it the ìBest Up-And-Coming Restaurantî in the area. Aabha is the Indian word meaning ìsparkî or ìlightî and also contains his motherís name, Shobha, and his two sons, Abhik and Abnik.Aabha Indian Cuisine focuses on serving simple, flavorful, and authentic foods just like your mom would make you. Bhubender creates all his own spices and sauces from scratch and can accommodate dishes to his customersí likings and heat level. The menu is full of delicious variety which is almost entirely gluten-free, with vegetarian options, and an entirely separate vegan menu. Bhubender suggests starting your meal with their tasty Turmeric-Garlic Scallop appetizer. The scallops are made with turmeric, garlic, lime, and topped with fresh mango and bell pepper salsa. One of the Aabhaís specialties is their Frontier Lamb Chops made with a rack of lamb, herbs, yogurt, raw papaya, garam masala, lamb jus, and mint rice. Bhubender is always pushing himself to learn new skills and try new things, so be on the lookout for any of his new creations. Every dish at Aabha Indian Cuisine has a different texture, taste, and color guaranteed to satisfy any appetite!In addition to the wonderful cuisine, Aabha also has a full bar stocked with great drinks and spirits. Their signature Aabha Mojito is a must-try as itís surprisingly different from a typical mojito. The restaurant is set up with two different areas, the bar/lounge area where it is a bit more lively with music, and the dining room, which is great for a relaxing and laid back meal. The restaurant seats 134 people in total and thereís also a beautiful outdoor patio with two fireplaces that seats another sixteen people.All in all, Aabha Indian Cuisine is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal, fun night with friends, or intimate dinner date. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming with beautiful, authentic, and well thought out decor. Located in The Barnyard there is upscale shopping all around and lots of free parking. The next time youíre in town, be sure to stop by Aabha Indian Cuisine for a meal and experience you wonít forget!
3690 The Barnyard
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923