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Punjabi Rasoi -- 2nd review

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Punjabi Rasoi -- 2nd review

Gayamom | Jul 29, 2005 11:07 AM

"Small restaurant run by husband and wife team catering to people who crave for authentic punjabi food. small place but great hosts. Food was fabulous. Just like i remember in India. about time someone opened an authentic place. Must try their special which changes every weekend. I had Raarha Goat with Paneer and Onion Kulcha. OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Very casual atmosphere but the food is great. Will not be dis-appointed.

located in Franklin Park Mall
1483 rt.27
somerset, nj 08873
732-246-4569"

Just wanted to second Dan's review from two weeks ago. The place looks like a 1950s luncheonette, except for the posters of India's Freedom Fighters (also circa 1950s). Dadi (grandmother) was taking orders and simultaneously babysitting grandson. They had PBS Kids on the telly (Buster's Postcards -- my daughter's favorite show). Grandson was whining and begging to play outside. Dadi firmly said no, while giving me a smile. Nice lady, took very good care of me and grandson, as well as the Sikh couple diligently eating in the corner.

Meanwhile, my chicken egg kati roll (ordered extra spicy) with a side of fries and masala tea arrived. OH MY. The chicken was moist and flavorful, the red onion, cilantro, tomato and lemon juice dressing just right, the egg-plus-roti wrapper delish, with extra chili sauce the way I ordered it. All warm and frangrant, wrapped tightly in wax paper.

The french fries would be your run-of-the-mill industrial fries, except that they were crispy and freshly fried with a great spice coating (no ketchup needed). The masala tea was black tea with cardamom, ginger, milk and sugar -- not boiled together, but still quite nice. Nonetheless, next time I will order a Sprite to better complement this meal. Total bill = $6.42.

If the family running this joint ever decides to take the golden arches on, Ronald McDonald had better head for the hills, because their north Indian version of sandwich-plus-fries is hands down fabulous.

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