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Doug Dec 11, 2006 05:53 PM

Went to lunch with some co-workers today: some of them have been fans of Indian food for many years, some have only tried it once...but everybody liked the food at Raj's Rasoi. We did the lunch buffet and every dish was very flavorful and lightly spiced. They do only vegetarian dishes. Address is 2286 McKelvey Road in Maryland Heights, in a strip mall near the Aquaport. I have eaten at 5 different Indian restaurants in St. Louis, and this one is the best.

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    brookeSTL RE: Doug Dec 19, 2006 12:37 AM

    Doug, is this place new? I'm always, always on the lookout for great Indian food. House of India (on Delmar) and India's Rasoi (in Clayton) are my standbys, but I'd love to try something new.

    1. Phaedrus RE: Doug Dec 19, 2006 02:57 AM

      Try Priyaa on Dorsett, the first intersection west of I-270. The Methu Vada is heavenly with the three dipping sauces. Their biryani is pretty outstanding too. The sambar is also quite good. They also do lots of other dishes but those three are what go back for.

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        Doug RE: Doug Dec 20, 2006 12:13 PM

        Yes, Raj's Rasoi is new. You can read his cooking biography on the website, and he has worked in five different Indian restaurants in St. Louis before opening his own.

        Website is www.rajs-rasoi.com

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          p.j. RE: Doug Dec 20, 2006 09:34 PM

          Thanks for the heads up & website information! Apparently Raj's Rasoi is vegetarian!! Completely!! I will have to round up my family and head out there this weekend!
          Thanks, p.j.

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            tangocats RE: Doug Jan 9, 2007 04:58 PM

            Raj's Rasoi is absolutely delicious. Large portions of food at a very inexpensive price. Try the saag paneer or the vegetable korma. Carryout is preferable to dining in as decor is sparse but it is well worth it.

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              Richard 16 RE: tangocats Nov 10, 2007 08:19 AM

              I'm reviving this thread to comment on another Indian restaurant, aptly named "Indian Food". (Knoblauch started a thread on Ruchi, a new place, and thoughtfully linked to here. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/459143


              Indian Food is small and unpretentious. Plastic water glasses, folding chairs -- money was not wasted on decor. Family owned, I was waited on by the son. The food was outstanding. I was the only non-Indian looking person in the place, the customers seemed to all know each other and the people working there. Highly recommended. One caveat -- the bathroom is in back of the kitchen. If you're a mise en place type, don't look.

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                Doug RE: Richard 16 Nov 11, 2007 05:49 PM

                What is the address?

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                  zataar RE: Richard 16 Nov 11, 2007 06:16 PM

                  Please explain "if you're a mise en place type". Don't get that at all.
                  Indian Food sounds great. Where is it? What's the address?

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                    Richard 16 RE: zataar Nov 11, 2007 09:11 PM

                    Address -- oops, that would be nice...

                    Indian Food is at 8629 Olive Blvd just east of 170. It is in that little strip mall right next to Nobu's, at a long diagonal across the street from Bob's Seafood.

                    "Mis en place" is a French term meaning, I believe, "setting the place". It has to do with an organized work space that has everything ready to go; vegetables, anything premade, pans, etc., where it's supposed to be. It is additionally used to indicate cleaning and being organized as you go. When I trained my Japanese teacher would whack my hand if I did not put a knife down in the right place, and he was pretty easy going.

                    The kitchen at Indian Food appeared very chaotic even though no one was in there. (She was out front talking to the customers.) The cook, however, probably knows where everything is. Anyone else would probably go nuts trying to find stuff.

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