My husband and I went to Sahib Restaurant at 12221 San Pablo Ave. (near Barrett) for the first time last night and had a wonderful meal. The place is in a small strip mall, but they've done a very nice job of "softening" the space once you're in the restaurant--carpets, ceiling fans, soft lighting, nice warm color scheme. The owner-brothers, Ravi and Pami, were on hand to provide extremely pleasant service--not too hurried, but always there if we needed something.
Since there was just the two of us, we could only try so much on the menu, but everything we had was delicious. The menu states that Sahib is the only true Punjabi restaurant in Richmond, but we are not knowledgeable enough about the different regions of Indian cooking to vouch for that. There was a large selection of vegetarian dishes, as well as lamb, chicken, seafood, and tandoori. We started with vegetable pakoras which, rather than chunks of individual cauliflower, etc. we've had in some Indian restaurants, were a mix of shredded vegetables nicely spiced and not at all greasy. I then had shrimp in spinach sauce--good sized prawns in an intriguingly flavored puree of spinach.My husband had lamb sausages tandoori. The sausages were a wonderful blend of ground lamb and more spices that we could possibly identify. My shrimp was brought to the table in an individual dish over a warming candle and the tandoori sausages on a sizzling metal plate. Both came with rice and we added orders of worth-the-drive-alone chapatis and naan from their varied bread list. Oh, and some beers, too--my husband very happy to find the LARGE bottle of Taj brand.
Total bill, plus tip, for more incredibly tasty foodthan we could possibly finish was under $50. We will DEFINITELY go back to explore other intriguing items on the menu. This place seems like a real chowhound find, and I hope others discover it, too.