Aug 31, 2012 06:46AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
To make an ordinary Monday night an adventure, a few college friends and I ventured off the beaten chain restaurant path and landed at India House in Folsom.
Even before entering, we were given notice that the restaurant is the “best of the best,” thanks to the large banner with the phrase hanging above its doors. Inside, the tiny interior is less boastful with colorful photographs and artifacts from Amritsar, the hometown of owner, Daljit Sandhu, decorating its walls.
Starting the night off, I sipped on a tangy Mango Lassi while the three of us shared a behemoth-sized Masala Dosa. The South Indian crepe – filled with spicy potatoes and onions – was served with three dipping sauces: dahl, red chili chutney, and a coconut sauce. No matter which one you try, your taste buds will take an exciting ride. Without a doubt, this dosa is requisite for any visit to the restaurant.
For entrées, we ordered the Fish Masala and Butter Chicken. Although the dishes came with a side of rice, we also added an Aloo Paratha, wheat bread stuffed with potatoes and cilantro, to the mix. All of the dishes were equally tasty and complex, building up gradients of flavor with each bite.
Our Butter Chicken, despite its cream sauce, was not too rich; the perfect option for my spice-adverse friends. The mahi-mahi in the Fish Masala was flaky and lip-smackingly good in its sweet tomato curry.
Rounding off the perfect evening, we shared a petite bowl of some of the best kheer (Indian rice pudding) I’ve ever had. As we exited, bellies full, the owner gave us bright red to-go menus “to share with our friends.” It’s obvious the restaurant’s management likes to brag about the food and service it offers, but really, they have no reason to be shy. India House is truly the “best of the best.”
India House, 2776 East Bidwell Street, Suite 300, Folsom, 916-817-4356, indiahouse-online.com.
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