Today's Special

Synopsis: Samir is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie, whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then?
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): David Kaplan
Production: Inimitable Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Lobster fennel.

Okay, chard, arugula,

mesclun, radicchio.

Okay? No beet greens,

no beet greens.

Tell eduardo that dairy

delivery gets here at 10:00,

not 10:
15, not 10:30.

Okay, go, go. Freddie,

what the hell is this?



I know it's salmon,

But why does it have

scales and a mouth?

If we serve it like that,

it'll scare the customers,


I just thought...

Yeah, don't think.

Fillet, fillet like

the wind, freddie.

Two beef, one salmon, one rib.

Two beef, one rib.

Chicken's up, lobster's up,

how long on that snapper,


Thirty seconds.


Samir, what's the word, stud?

Steady as she goes, chef.

That's my boy.

That's my boy

right here.

Who do we

have this week?

Oh, henna.

Okay, you know what?

Give me that.

Horny henna?

Heterosexual henna?

Just give me it.

Honey-dipped henna?

Just give me that.

You know,

I'm gonna give your mom

my e-mail address,

She's obviously

wasting her

time on you.

You know what?

You are a sick man,

and I have to go.


Please try.



you're a cook?

Yeah, I'm a

sous-chef right now.

The sous-chef

is the, you know,

And oversees all the cooking,

takes care of administration,


And basically

solves any problems

that come up.

And the chef is

the one who gets

all the credit, so...

It's not easy to

get to be the chef,

But my boss

is part-owner

of a restaurant

And that looks like

that job is pretty much

mine for the asking, so...


If we get married,

I want to have

a lot of children,

And my mother

would live with us.

All right,

okay, chard, arugula,

mesclun, radicchio.

Go, go, go, go.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, stop, whoa.

What are you doing?

What are you doing?

Right, it's called

cilantro oil,

not cilantro water.

Right. The thing is,

your cilantro oil was

coming out flavorless,

So, I'm finishing

it with water

instead of oil.

You changed it?

Okay, you just

transferred here

from red grill?


Okay, carrie,

If this is not

the best cilantro oil

That I've ever tasted

in my entire life,

You'll be back

at red grill

by dinnertime.

Get your hair out of your face.

This is a kitchen,

not a rock concert.

How's everyone doing?

All right?

Rosie, what's good?

Thank you. Louis?

Watch that seasoning,

son, all right?

Got it, chef.

You can talk to him now.

Do it now, don't be a pussy.

Shut the f*ck up.

Chef, chef, I wanted to...

It's not my fault.

Is that table 11?

That better not be 11.

I've got vips on 11.

I got it.

Come on, let's go.

Chop, chop.

I'm gonna need this.

Coming through, corner.

Okay, thank you, freddie.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Yo, this is for table 23.

Yeah, don't worry, freddie.

Hey, wait, that's 16's salmons.

Don't worry.

Hang in there.


Pea puree.

Pea puree.

Potato puree.

Potato puree.







Team work.

44th and 10th.

Are you indian?




Whoa, hey, hey, watch it.

Watch it.

So, what's your name?


What do you do?

I'm a chef.


Oh, really?

Hey, that's wonderful!

You know, I used to cook

for the oberoi sheraton.

The finest hotel

kitchen in all of mumbai.


I met indira gandhi

when she came there

for a banquet.

I created

a special pulao

in her honor,

And she was so taken

by it, that she came

Back to the kitchen

to thank me personally.

Hey, hey, hey, whoa,

watch it. Watch it.

So, do you cook indian food?

I make a murghi masala

that will haunt you

like a lost love.

Okay, could we

just not talk, please?

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Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Hakim Mandviwala (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi (, AH-sif MAHND-vee), is a British-American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent. He is the lead actor, co-writer and producer of the web series Halal in the Family, which premiered on Funny or Die in 2015, and an actor, writer and co-producer of the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi is also the author of the book No Land's Man. more…

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