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Rasika - Short Review

Adam | Dec 14, 2005 05:01 PM

Decided to check out Rasika last night since its a block or two away from my condo.

My quick disclaimer - I eat Indian food rarely, so I don't have much basis for comparison. That being said, the meal was quite good.

The menu has many interesting dishes and I wish I had visited with a large party so I could order a lot of appetizers. There were a few large parties in the restaurant, and some of the things they ordered looked quite good.

The menu is organized into Appetizers and then the main courses. In the appetizer section there are three areas you can order from – Savories, Grilled Items, and BBQ. We ended up ordering an appetizer from the Savories section – the Sev Batata Puri – which was essentially a little biscuit/chip type thing with mangoes, potatoes, and chutney on it. The appetizer came out with 6 of the little savories. The appetizer was very good. It had a nice blend of sweetness and a little touch of heat which was nice.

For main courses, my wife ordered Tandoori lamb chops and I ordered the Lamb shank Roganjosh which was a lamb shank in a rich tomato/garam masala sauce. We also had a side of rice, a side of the Palak Makki (spinach and corn) and a bread bowl so we could try their Naans.

The Tandoori lamb chops were awesome. When you order them, there is the option of a normal sized portion (2 chops) or a large one (I’m assuming its 4 chops). In the future, we’ll order the large one. The chops were super tender and so flavorful. My only comparison is the Tandoori chops at Taj of India, and these were much much better. I also saw quite a few people ordering the tandoori salmon, which looked great.

The lamb shank was quite nice. I think the sauce was the saving grace though. The shank wasn’t as tender as I’d like. Usually when you order a shank the meat is ready to fall off the shank. My shank last night wasn’t quite there. That being said, it tasted quite good and the sauce was superb. We both ended up eating every last drop of the sauce with the Naan and rice we ordered.

The spinach side was good. It was essentially creamed spinach with pieces of corn in it. So if you like creamed spinach a lot, definitely order it. If not, you can probably pass over it.

The bread basket varied in goodness. The basket had regular Naans, a Naan with onions and garlic on it, and some third type of bread that had a green hue (couldn’t tell you what it was called). Both Naans were great. The greenish hued bread was mediocre and tasteless. In the future, I’d just order the Naans and skip the bread basket.

We also ordered a desert of the Apple Jalebi, which was deep fried apples, dipped in honey, with a cardamom ice cream. The apples were pretty good – very sweet as expected and had a good ole funnel cake taste to them. The ice cream was superb – it was very creamy and had a strong cardamom taste. It was one of the better ice creams i've had in a while.

Service was good - The food came out promptly and the waiter explained the menu to us and made some good recommendations.

Overall, I’ll be back.

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