I've had Ruchi's food twice in the past few weeks, and I've really enjoyed it. It has fresh ingredients and intense well-balanced flavors that have made it a favorite among the coworkers I visit in St. Louis. (I have no idea whether this place is associated with one of the same name in Kansas City, and I didn't think to ask.)
My first experience was at their restaurant on Olive Blvd just outside the I-270 loop. Their lunch buffet was large and varied, but I only had room to try a portion of what was offered. The mixed-vegetable pakora was well-fried, and made a good combination with their mild coconut sauce, which appears to be a specialty. The other sauce, a spicier tomato-based sauce, was also tasty, but it was my second choice of the two.
The Nan is hand-made, and varies somewhat in thickness and charring. I like the texture, and it works well in combination with the foods. The channa masala (based on chick-peas and tomatoes), the daal curry (lentil), and the lamb curry all impressed me by being spicy, but without having one flavor overpower the others as I've experienced at other restaurants. I may have tried a couple of other dishes, but those are the ones that come to mind. The gulab jamoon was a satisfying dessert, but after such a good meal, I can't say for sure what made me feel that way.
Yesterday was a surprise and welcome Diwali celebration at the office, catered by Ruchi. They had the same pekora and nan, but the dishes featured were paneer tikka masala (home-made cheese in spicy sauce) and aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) both continued with a good balance of flavor, but I did think that the paneer was a bit more rubbery than my favorite versions elsewhere. I had the kheer (rice pudding) for dessert. While it's closer to soup than the pudding in their menu translation, it is a good combination of creaminess with what tasted to me like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Ruchi seems to be a consistent baseline choice for delicious Indian food, and there are large sections of the menu that I have yet to sample. I'll happily continue to explore there, but I'll probably also give a try to some of the places mentioned here http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350256 and a couple mentioned in the Central West End a try.
Ruchi Indian Cuisine
12513 Olive Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63141
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