I've been asked why there are no recommendations for Indian restaurants on my blog. Fair question. Well, the reason for that is simple, there are still so many more Indian restaurants I need to try first. And really, anyone who knows will tell you, Indian food made at home is going to be better. But I can't recommend a friend's house as the best Indian food in town (unless they want random visitors). So continuing down my Scott Road food adventures, it has brought me to Rama (formerly Raja, but with an "M" pasted over the J).
For a small little place, the Butter Chicken was pretty good. We liked the consistency as it was just thick and creamy enough. The dollop of ghee on top added to the richness. There was a nice balance of flavours as there was enough tomato to balance out the cream with a hint of tartness. To top it all off, there was a slow rumble of spice to go along with the tender chunks of chicken. Unfortunately, the Palak Paneer was not nearly as successful. First of all, it was not even lukewarm which was a turnoff. Second, there was only a modest amount of paneer. Lastly, the sauce itself was overly mild bordering on bland.
Our favourite of the bunch had to be the Lamb Vindaloo as it was a veritable explosion of flavours. There was a noticeable spice level where it hit on the first bite and lingered past the last. In addition, the amount of onions added a caramelized sweetness to accent the ginger and vinegar hits. Completing this dish was large tender chunks of lamb. Of course we got an order of Naan as well and it was good. On the bottom, it was crispy while the rest of the naan was soft and chewy with nice blistering. Except for the palak paneer, everything we had was pretty good. Not bad for a little place hidden in the corner of a strip mall.
- 3 out of 4 items were well-executed
- Friendly people
- Didn't like the palak paneer
- Place is small and a bit dingy