27 May, 2014
Ruchi Indian cuisine, Kansas city
Me and my family went to Kansas city, Missouri this memorial day weekend. It was a hell of a trip. Its a beautiful city with beautiful people, and its the BBQ capital of the world (which was exactly the reason we decided to go there). But I couldn’t wait to get back to my home, take off my high heels, slip into something baggy and comfortable, tie my hair up in a messy bun, and eat like a pig. But while we were there, we decided to go find some good places to eat. We went to Oklahoma Joes, about which I will be writing in another post, and a friend of ours told us about a place called Ruchi. Its an Indian restaurant, and we were told that the food over there is very good, and that we should try it. Me and my husband rarely come across a restaurant that serves good Indian food, but we kept our hopes up. Turns out the food is pretty good over there. I was a happy happy girl! By the time we got there, I was tired from the long drive, and taking care of my 3 month old baby, I just wanted to eat. But I managed to take some pictures.
I didn’t want to be conspicuous, and disturb the customers. If there is one thing I don’t like is when people stare at me, or take photographs while I’m eating. But I wanted to write about this place, so I took a few quick snaps. Here is another one:
The place is clean, the staff was good, and we were quickly seated and given a menu even though the place was crowded. It was a lunch buffet, and it was pretty fair. The price was reasonable. They had some good selection. Whenever I step into an Indian restaurant, almost all the time, I see the same dishes everywhere. But here I found some new ones.
I wanted to try everything, but there is a limit to how much my stomach can accommodate. For the first round, I decided to try spinach and onion pakora, mini dosa, tindora fry, chicken 65, and the Apollo fish. The pakodas were good, crunchy, and tasty. I find that in some places they go a little heavy handed with the pakoda batter, and that ruins the pakoda. But this was good. Tindora fry is a vegetarian dish coated in a spicy masala, and the vegetable had a nice crunch to it. It was something I never tried before, but I liked it. The mini dosa was ok. Felt it was a little dry. The Apollo fish was absolutely fantastic! The one thing I didn’t like on this plate was the chicken 65. It was mostly food color and chicken. I think they can do much better than that.
For the second round, I wanted to try some rice pilaf, butter chicken, Tandoori chicken, and the restaurants signature dish, Ruchi chicken fry. I thought the butter chicken, the rice, and both the tandoori chicken and the chicken fry were delicious. The butter chicken was creamy, and not too tangy. The chicken was juicy, and tender. The tandoori chicken had a nice smoky flavor to it. All in all I was pleased! Then I moved onto the desserts.
I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the desserts. It was lacking. There weren’t too many choices. There was ‘Double ka meetha’ which was tasty, but way too rich ( it will make your cardiologist very happy), and way too sweet. I had a spoon of that, and I was done with it. It was tasty though, but too sweet for my taste. Then the Bombay Halwa, which I didn’t like much. Then I found mango cakes, and tried one.
I loved the cake. It had just the right sweetness, it was moist, and had that wonderful mango flavor. And it looked so cute and pretty! But I had to stop there. There were so many other things to try, and I wanted to go for more, but thought better of it.
So, the question is, will I go there again? Sure. I loved the food. And good Indian food has always been kind of hard to find everywhere. But the next time I go there, I hope I get to eat some soft, warm gulab jamuns, or ras malai to end a delicious, spicy Indian meal.