Friday, March 25, 2011


RASOI is actually in Pawtucket, just across the Providence border, where Hope Street turns into East Avenue (727 East Avenue, Pawtucket  401-728-5500). It's in a strip mall, a little restaurant row which includes Garden Grille Cafe and the new vegan bakery, Wildflour. Rasoi is owned, together with Kabob & Curry (261 Thayer Street, Providence by chef Sanjiv Dher and it's a dressed up version of Kabob & Curry, where countless meals have been eaten by my friends and family. K & C, across from the Avon theater, is a walk-to location for much of the East Side. Rasoi is a mile plus up the road and has plenty of parking.

Rasoi is spacious, with a large open room, horse-shoe shaped bar and a visible kitchen. You can wait for a table at the bar or have dinner there. The biggest issue confronting me here (and at many Indian restaurants) is order restraint - basically, I have no restraint and consistently choose too much. On this latest visit we vowed to practice good ordering and chose only one bread and one appetizer: the bread, basic nan (a near perfect food in my opinion), and the appetizer, samosas filled with potato and home-made cheese. Faced with ordering only a single appetizer it is hard to bypass a good samosa and these are good samosas.  Chicken Tikka here is Chicken Tikka Lababdar and a sure thing. Saag is among my favorite dishes and here both the paneer (personal favorite) and lamb are good picks. If you want to turn the heat up look to the vegetable curries and masalas. For some reason Rasoi's menu does not have a pepper symbol beside the Lamb Vindaloo - we will test that on a return trip.

The downside to order restraint is lack of leftovers.

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