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Atlanta Restaurant Review: Rasoi Fusion in Roswell

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Chicken tikka masala from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Credit: Henry Hollis

Chicken tikka masala from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Credit: Henry Hollis

Rasoi serves up many classic Indian sauces, including bright red-orange korma and dark green saag, with flavors just as impressive as their rich hues. On the menu, special entrees are organized by protein, including chicken, seafood, goat, and lamb, but each section offers many of the same sauces.

The lamb saagwala was a particular highlight, with tender pieces of meat braised in a thick and spicy spinach and herb sauce. The meat from the goat korma, with a yogurt and cashew sauce, was even more tender and was falling off the bone.

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Samosa choley from Rasoi Fusion.

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Samosa choley from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Samosa choley from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Credit: Henry Hollis

Accompanied by a very good chicken tikka masala, these dishes were served in deceptively large hammered copper bowls. Most sausage dishes are served with rice, but you should also order the excellent homemade naan, which your waiter will likely offer. The bread basket assortment offers four distinct flavors of naan.

However, despite the very large portions of naan, don’t skip the starters. Samosa choley was a great take on popular street food, filled with light and airy spicy mashed potatoes. The chickpeas served with the samosas were almost buttery, much more tender than what you typically get out of a can. The pakoras (small vegetable fritters) were fried to perfection and served with a variety of chutneys.

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Rasoi Fusion Lamb Saagwalla.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Rasoi Fusion Lamb Saagwalla.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Rasoi Fusion Lamb Saagwalla.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Credit: Henry Hollis

For those who want a bit of pageantry with their meal, tandoori dishes are served in a sizzling cast-iron tray, like fajitas. Our prawns were plump and perfectly cooked, coated in a layer of spices.

If the shrimp tandoori was a visual spectacle, the lamb biryani was olfactory. Sprinkled with whole cloves, the scent of the huge bowl of biryani seemed to envelop our entire table. Biryani often takes a back seat as a staple, but it gets a star at Rasoi. The savory lamb is offset by the tangy tamarind, though you should watch out for the aforementioned tamarind seeds and whole cloves while you eat.

Lamb biryani from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Lamb biryani from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Lamb biryani from Rasoi Fusion.

Credit: Henry Hollis

Credit: Henry Hollis

About five minutes from the Ga. 400 exit, Rasoi is accessible in a number of ways. The menu includes a variety of dishes without onions or garlic, if that’s your speed, and many dishes have adjustable spice levels. Spicy dishes can also be tamed easily with large bottles of Taj Mahal beer, one of the most popular brands sold in India.

With its varied menu and patient but efficient service, Rasoi does an excellent job of making complex South and West Indian cuisine accessible, without overpowering the flavors. This is the kind of restaurant where food lovers and novices alike can find equal pleasure.

INDIAN CUISINE FUSION RASOI

Food: South and West India

Service: friendly, patient, punctual

Best Dishes: biryani, lamb saagwala, pakoras, samosa choley, goat korma

Vegetarian dishes: large vegetarian menu

Alcohol: full bar

Price scale: $$

Credit card: all major cards accepted

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday

Car park: land on site

MARTA Station: Nope

Reservations: yes

Wheelchair access: yes

Noise level: calm

Outdoor dining: Nope

Go out: yes

Address, phone: 720 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-817-0661

Website: rasoifusionroswell.com

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