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Rangoli India Restaurant in San Jose

alis | Jan 15, 200804:56 PM

Went here last week on a recommendation from my boss, who said it was "fancy" Indian in the Amber India class but less pricey. I needed a place to take my dad, so thought this would be perfect. I personally prefer (cheap) southern Indian food, but variety is good for you (and my boyfriend violently hates south Indian, so that wasn't on the table). I was totally shocked (shocked, I tell you) that it was really, really good, but also in the Amber category as far as price.

We ordered:
Chicken Tikka Masala $13
Lesani Masala - garlic lamb curry: $17
Baingan Bhartha - Tandoor smoked eggplant: $13
Daal of the day, which was a yellow dal: $10
Paneer Saag - Spinach purée with diced farmers cheese: $13
Plain Naan: $2 (x2)

The Tikka Masala was a little sweet and rich for me, but everyone else swooned over it, and I'd order it again with no problem. The saag paneer was the best I've ever had, with a very bright fresh spinach flavor. Everything else was fantastic. The naan was a very small portion and a little tough, but didn't detract too much from the overall experience.

The other highlight was the the fact they have a very nice and decently priced wine list.My dad picked out a very nice Grüner Veltliner ($35), and the list also included a Vouvray and some interesting reds. The sommelier, Sonu Singh, came out to see who had actually ordered something other than a Chardonnay. He was super nice and brought us a complimentary tasting of an Indian wine, which wasn't half bad and did go nicely with the food. I think he's a little bored, but very enthusiastic and has put together a nice list.

Altogether for 4 people, with wine, the bill was around $130. Pricey, but comparable with Amber. However, for the South Bay, I'd much rather go here, as I've found the Santana Row Amber to be sub-par.

Rangoli India Restaurant
3695 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124

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