Woke up to a call… “Wake up! We are having Gujrati for lunch!”, my friend on the other line said with voice of excitement. Still dazed, I showered, got dressed and run to the door. I had enough hullabaloo to wake me up this morning, I better not be late. While he was driving, I searched for the Gujrati place. Thank goodness for we don’t have to burn gas searching for a Gujrati restaurant. So we were in Karama Area, typed in Gujrati cuisine… first to come up is Rasoi Ghar. We got there a little early for lunch so the people have not arrived yet. We were about to ask for the menu when we noticed that everyone who entered the restaurant with us just sat and talked. After further observation, we noticed that others were served and plates were refilled when asked. We both look at each other with mischievous eyes with this thought running in our minds… “this is going to be awesome!”.
We were given a warm greeting and was seated immediately. Then we were served the welcome drinks, a lemony zesty drink and buttermilk. My friend said these drinks help on clearing my taste buds and helps on digestion. After our drinks, a server with a copper pitcher and basin arrived. He will wash your hands like royals! Seriously, I feel like Kris Aquino while doing this.
After that they serve the starters. The servers were very attentive, they know I don’t know anything of what I am about to eat so they explained to me each dish… so tango lang ako ng tango kahit hindi ko sila naiintindihan… huwag kalimutan ang smile at charm para hindi nila maobvious na hindi mo naintindihan. Anyways, my favorite is the Kastha Kachori Chaat. Other starters were Bharfi Dhokla which is like puto, then samosa which is like a vegetarian empanada served with spicy green chutney and sweet dates chutney. Yes, not all red Indian food is spicy. I controlled myself from getting seconds since I need to leave space for main dish and the dessert.
After the starters, they put silver plates with little bowls on your table, then start putting different curries and Dal. My favorite is the curry with paneer which is the second from the left on the below picture. #PaneerIsLOVE When they see your plate empty, they will refill it. There is one guy there who will give you breads even if you say no… it seems he is thinking “don’t worry dear, I don’t judge” which I find funny. It’s like telling your best friend “I’m drunk, stop giving me shots”. 🙂
The desserts were served same time as the main dish, its different with the Filipino desserts. Jalebi is like a pretzel but extremely sweet. One piece and your blood sugar will be at 100. Badem Halwa is incomparable. It is unique to the Indian cuisine, it is tasty and sweet. Aam Ras is a nostalgic food for us Filipinos, nostalgic back to when we were 6 months old, because this is mango puree. They eat it differently though, they eat it by dipping chapatti in it. After my first chapatti, I asked for one more and ate it by itself.
The desserts weren’t on my plate yet on the below picture, as I thought it will be served once I finish my meal. I took a picture so I could start eating.
In a nutshell, I like the experience and will definitely be back. This is a nice place to introduce the vibrant and colorful culture of India to another nationalities.
Since I cannot remember the names of the food, here is Rasoi Ghar’s Friday menu