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Oct 26, 2007 10:06 PM

Providence Restaurants w. Great Service

I'm a diner who is loyal to restaurants with great food and great service. Food is important in the restaurant business but so is treating customers with respect and care. Let's showcase the restaurants with the most caring and considerate staff!

My vote goes to Rasoi hands down. I've been there to eat maybe 4 times and all times have been great. One time, I was ordering take out and the staff there gave me a free mango lassi as I was waiting for my order to be complete. Tonight, my bf and I waited at the bar for about 15 mins for a table and we were give free drinks and wafers to munch on. 15 mins is not a long time to wait for a table and we were happy to just stare at the wall. But instead, the staff constantly assured us that our table would be ready soon as well as asked us numerous times if we needed anything.

Aside from the excellent service, the food is just really spectacular. They try to be creative in their offerings -- you won't find only standard indian fare. I had the grilled lamb chops which were moist, tender, and perfectly cooked. My partner had the scallops in coconut milk -- I am usually not a fan of scallops but the creaminess of the coconut milk perfectly enhanced the natural sweetness of scallops. In my previous visits to Rasoi, I had the lamb meatballs stuffed with dried plums. Magnificent! And they have this candied cauliflower side dish that you just have to experience. The cauliflower has a nice crust from the carmelized sugar but also a saltiness and fieriness as well.

I don't normally gush about a restaurant but I just want this place to succeed because they're such nice people. Check them out!

So to which restaurants are you loyal?

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  1. I second Rasoi. We were there with our children and the owner just gushed all over them and helped them pick out items on the menu they may like. And it's SO nice to have an Indian restaurant that offers something different.

    For service, Uncle Sushi in Cranston is also tops. It's a bit sketchy-looking, but don't let the atmosphere fool you. "Uncle" takes care of his customers; the first time you're in you get free dessert, and his sushi really is outstanding.

    2 Replies
    1. re: dagwood

      Interesting, I've always wondered about Uncle Sushi!

      I haven't been to Rasoi yet and plan and going.

      I'd say the best service I've experienced in Providence was Gracie's. Everyone is warm, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive.

      1. re: cajuntoast

        I forgot about Gracie's. They'd have to be up there too... While I've never enjoyed the food at India on Hope, I'd say their service has been excellent as well.

        - Garris

      1. re: ccferg

        727 East Ave
        Pawtucket, RI 02860
        (401) 728-5500

        I also have to throw in my $0.02 that Rasoi and Kabob and Curry have hands down the best service in town.

        - Garris

        1. re: Garris

          I'm just not crazy about the food at Rasoi (too bad, too, because it's a lot more convenient for takeout, for us, than the alternative)----but totally agree about the service, and when I read the initial question here, my first thought was that Kabob & Curry has some of the best service in town.

          Just got takeout from Kabob last night, and every interaction I have w/that restaurant (not to mention the food) reminds me of why I love it so much. They are consistently happy to make a few items not on the menu for me, even when they're busy. They're just terrific.

      2. I generally go to Rasoi for lunch, as I work just around the corner, but we had a dinner for some volunteers there, and it was so great! The ambience is lovely in the evenings, and they had live music which wasn't loud or intrusive at all. It was a great place for a drawn out, several hour meal.

        And I haven't checked in a while, but I remember that they did a wine tasting on a weeknight and they often have live music.