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Ruchi - South Indian in SOMA [San Francisco] - Report

Dave MP | May 15, 201202:33 PM

A group of us had lunch at Ruchi today. It was my first visit, and I thought the food was good overall.

I ordered the veggie thali lunch, which came with a large dish of vegetable curry (heavy on yogurt, with peas, carrots and green bean), rice, naan, sambar, rasam, a dry cabbage dish, buttermilk, and a dessert (little vermicelli in milk custard). It also had a dab of mango pickle (not particularly spicy) and some chopped salad.

Others at the table had chicken or lamb thalis, which were pretty much the same, except no sambar, and meat dish instead of the vegetable curry.

I wasn't that impressed by the vegetable curry - peas were canned, and the yogurt flavor in the sauce was a bit strong for me. It was not bad, just not my favorite style. The sambar, however, was very good. Nice amount of spice, and a nice balance of flavors. We also had some sambar served with a Mysore Masala dosa (shared at the table), and the dosa was good as well. Crispy outer edges, with a spicy potato filling....served with a spicy coconut chutney and another mild (tomato?) chutney.

I also got to try a bite of Chicken tikka masala (spicier than I'm used to, with tender pieces of red tandoori chicken). Some of my dining companions tried the uttapam and pesarattu, too, but I didn't get a chance to try these.

Here's a link to the restaurant's lunch menu. I'd definitely return, especially for a non-veg thali or a dosa!


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