Sam's Rasoi | Other Suburbs West | Indian/Pakistani | Restaurant
Like Glenview's Royal Malabar catering, Sam's Rasoi is dingy and dark and not particularly designed for eating in. But on any given day the ownership is happy to seat you and bring out a sampler of whatever's going on in the kitchen: frequently uncommon vegetarian food from the northern Indian state of Gujarat, but also other northern, southern, and Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. There's no telling what you might get. A recent visit yielded a hot yogurt soup (not unlike Jordanian mensef), fried okra bound in chickpea flour, a dark brown and powerfully spiced channa masala, pickled carrots and peppers with an unidentifiable but deliciously musky spice profile, northern Indian palak paneer, a stew of eggplant and peas, pappadum, paratha, and a gulab jamun and salty glass of buttermilk to finish things off, all for a very reasonable $17 per head. There's a spiffier, more full-service outlet in Schaumburg, but the element of surprise there is limited. —Mike Sula


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