posted on November 18, 2006 at 7:12 am
Good Indian is hard to find in Atlanta. I am quite picky when it comes to my Indian and most places don’t hit the spot when the craving strikes me. I do enjoy places like Vatica but they are just too far away. I first heard about Rose of India a month or so ago and had been dying to try it. I decided to enlist some extra stomachs and made it a supper club outing (thanks to all of you who showed up). Stay tuned for more supper club outings on the forum. Here is the play by play and sorry for the picture quality (my flash is a menace):
Appetizer assortment: Good mix of pretty much everything they offer to start with the exception of the salads and soups. Veggie papadum, onion bhajee (crispy fried onion balls), lamb tikka, chicken tikka and papadam (not pictured). Everything was great. The onion bhajee was delicious and the chicken was amazingly tender. Not a bad deal for $6.49 either.
Calamari: I would have to say this was the only miss at the table. Interestingly flavored batter but it was too heavy and they calamari got lost in the mix.
Sheekh kabab: Delicious flavor. They could have cooked it a bit more to get the crispy bits but I would still order again.
Saag paneer: Thank the stars! This is one of my favorite dishes in Indian cuisine. Think of it as a spicy creamed spinach with Indian cheese. Not too creamy and the cheese had a good amount of bite. A must order if you like this dish.
Pulao rice: Basmati rice tossed with cilantro. A nice compliment to the dishes. I love the addition of the cilantro.
Lamb vindaloo: Another hit. Great heat and melt in your mouth lamb. I actually ordered some the next night it was so good.
Some other items we ate are not pictured. We also had an eggplant dish called an eggplant bharta which was to die for. Sweet and complex. Not bitter at all. A truly great eggplant dish. The chicken tikka was also very good but I was so focused on the lamb that I did not eat much of it. The naan bread was among some of the best I have had in Atlanta. Crisp on the bottom yet doughy in the right places.
Verdict: A must go if you are into Indian grub. Great balance in the flavors and a nice waitstaff. Corkage is $5 eventhough they have a liquor license now. Delivery is available in a limited area.
Address: 4847 Peachtree Road, Chamblee