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Best Indian Restaurant

India Rasoi

Sam Holden
Best Indian: India Rasoi

411 S. High St., (410) 385-4900, Web site

Posted 9/22/2004

Last year, this category was won by a Federal Hill stalwart that we are grateful to for keeping our bellies full of tasty naan and chana masala. But this year we bestow the honor to an Indian restaurant whose food has made us fall in love with the cuisine all over again: India Rasoi. We were first lured in by the luscious mulligatawny soup—who knew that this staple of Indian fare could be so complex, so grainy yet creamy, so spicy and soothing? Next we fell in love with Rasoi’s chicken masala, another common dish that the restaurant treats as extra special—big chunks of moist white-meat chicken in a rich sauce with a spicy kick that becomes especially potent when left to sit overnight in the fridge. From there it was baingan bartha (roasted eggplant) and vegetable jalfrezi (mixed veggies in a tangy sauce), and creamy malai kofta (vegetable dumplings). Now we are addicts. The food is served up in a humble walk-up rowhouse, quiet and unassuming, but sweetly scented like spices and very homey—just like we like our Indian food.

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Other Awards for Best Indian Restaurant:

Indigma, 9/16/2009

Akbar, 9/17/2008

Akbar Restaurant, 9/19/2007

India Rasoi, 9/20/2006

Ambassador Dining Room, 9/21/2005

Banjara, 9/17/2003

Ambassador Dining Room, 9/18/2002

India Rasoi, 9/19/2001

Ambassador Dining Room, 9/13/2000

India Tandoor, 9/15/1999

Banjara, 9/17/1997

Banjara, 9/18/1996

All Awards for India Rasoi:

Best Indian Restaurant, 9/20/2006

Best Mulligatawny Soup, 9/17/2003

Best Indian Restaurant, 9/19/2001

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