Chef-owner of Mama Tigre, Renu Prakash, says that she played with spices like other kids take on Play-Doh. Now, the former owner of Tequila Grande in Oakton is playing with spices for an internationally influenced menu of Mexican favorites. “When an artist paints a woman, it doesn’t matter what country she’s from. It’s art. I want people to appreciate spices and enjoy what it brings to you,” she says.
Here’s what we recommend eating at Mama Tigre to taste a variety of Prakash’s multicultural cuisine. // 10443 White Granite Drive, Oakton
Tigre Tikka Wings
Tired of sticky-sweet wings? This juicy, earthy-tasting chicken is tossed in a chile-laden tikka masala sauce.
Panela con Poblano
Prakash’s Mexican interpretation of Indian paneer dishes features cubes of cheese in butter-chicken sauce, topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds.
Prakash’s take on chocolaty mole Poblano features spices you won’t find anywhere else, including turmeric.
This sinful cake features a homemade sponge suffused with three kinds of milk, but ask for chocolate and caramel sauces to make it even more indulgent.