The judges (Colicchio, Padma, Toby Young, and Stephen Starr) show up at Sahana first. Radhika has the server take out the bread appetizer, which is whole-wheat naan bread with garlic oil. Colicchio asks if it's French toast. Padma and Starr like it, but they also admit that they're hungry, which might be skewing their perceptions. There is some confusion in the kitchen while plating the judges' meals, but they do get out to the table. Radhika explains that they're serving a curried carrot soup with smoked paprika oil and raita. There is also a chickpea cake with seared scallop, masala tomato sauce, and arugula salad. Colicchio and Starr both love the soup. They also enjoy the chickpea cake. A random diner loved the scallops.
The next course is served: white lentil tabouli, seared snapper, tomato water and pea shoots. I don't know that I would get excited about something called tomato water. There has to be a better name for that element. The other entree is cinnamon and saffron braised lamb shank with Israeli couscous. The judges agree that the lamb is prepared well, but Toby Young thinks the couscous tastes like dishwater. Colicchio say the snapper is just okay, and Starr objects to the tomato water. See? It probably tastes like it sounds. It sounds like when you go to put ketchup on your burger and you forget to shake the bottle so just the watery stuff comes out first? That's tomato water to me. But I'm no Top Chef. A random diner agrees that the snapper was good but there was too much liquid on the plate.
Now it's time for Carla's desserts. She interviews that the chocolate cake was not great, and the cashew brittle served with it wasn't cooked. It does look quite gooey, and as the name suggests, you kind of expect brittle to be...brittle. The yogurt is still not frozen, so it looks more like yogurt soup. Radhika tries to help Carla get some acceptable food into a bowl, and in an interview Carla giggles that it's a hot mess and a trainwreck is coming. The desserts are served anyway. Radhika explains that it's a spiced chocolate cake with crème fromage and cashew brittle. It's really more of a cupcake, which might explain why it was dry. There are also a fig frozen yogurt and a mint frozen yogurt, served with baklava cigars. Toby Young asks for a spoon - apparently they took his when clearing the table and didn't bring another one for dessert. Colicchio is also missing utensils. Starr says they should eat it quickly, since it's melting, but Colicchio says he can't, and that's Radhika's problem. Meanwhile, Radhika is back in the kitchen doing nothing. No one is impressed with any of the desserts. Toby Young says it was the least impressive part of the meal, and makes a reference to Elvis's career: started off well, and died on the toilet. He gets an assist from Stephen Starr on the last part. A random diner says the frozen yogurt tastes like lotion and another says they need to take the spiced chocolate cake off the menu.