Clay Oven has played host to a few pop-up restaurants recently, usually with cutesy names ("Play Oven" for the Jason Quinn pop-up), but tonight's "Clay Birds" seems like an obvious match: the ladies from Seabirds will be teaming up with Chef Geeta Bansal to cook two seatings' worth of Indian-inspired vegan fare.
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We see the look on your face, and you can stop grimacing. South Asians in general and Indians in particular are unrivalled in the world in their creativity with vegetables, a necessity in a place where a vast portion of the populace disdains meat for religious or spiritual reasons. So varied and amazing are the vegetarian dishes of India that I can count on one hand the number of time I've ordered meat for myself in an Indian restaurant.
Had I not already a prior engagement, I'd be there in a heartbeat. Cancel your dinner plans and go. Call (949) 552-2851 for reservations at 6:30 or 9 p.m. Dinner is five courses for $50.