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Stop for Indian Food in Mount Shasta ...... Maruti Restaurant.

gordon wing | May 6, 2015 09:19 PM

stopped in for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the level of cooking at this Indian restaurant just a bit off of the main street. ( 531 Chestnut St ) you're greeted with some pappadam and dishes holding 4 sauces - all delicious. you're offered a taste of the wines of the day ( by the glass ) I'm not much of an imbiber but the Saved Red Wine 2012 was easy to like: a blend of 10 grapes IIRC - deep notes of berries and chocolate - zinfandel is the predominate component. very smooth with some nuance. we started with the Bhel Puri - a puffed rice salad with potato, tomato, red onion, etc and dressed with a tamarind/cilantro chutney. amazing play of textures and flavors. Lots going on. One order was enough to share. Then we decided on the special biryani of the day - a combination of mushrooms, sliced almonds and various vegetables. A raita featuring their own yoghurt accompanied the biryani. It was served in a deep bowl and was a reasonably large portion ..... we barely finished it. The seasoning is well balanced ..... tasty - not too hot for my taste but not bland either. a mango lassi was made with their house made yoghurt is a nice foil for the many flavors they feature. We were very satisfied at this point but decided to go for some dessert anyways. The mango sorbet and the donuts with rosewater syrup - were a bit of a let down for us. The mango sorbet is made from the mango lassi but it's very hard and a bit difficult to tackle ..... also not as tasty as the lassi. The donuts in syrup were too sweet for my taste .... I'll order another mango lassi to finish off the meal next time? The host and service was very friendly ...... the meal went very smoothly. Got to chat with the chef as well ..... she delivered one of the dishes. She used to work at Dosa in SF - think they've been in business for a bit over a year? I'm glad to have them there and will look forward to going back.

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