INDIAN restaurant wins high praise for its delicious haggis paratha.
By Tam Cowan
Rasoi, 1 Millersneuk Shopping Centre, Lenzie
REGULAR readers may recall the slightly strange email I received a few weeks back from someone who signed off, rather bizarrely, as Victoria Principal.
Not the real one, of course. Which is a shame, as ever since I was a spotty teen I’ve always fancied the idea of being stalked by the very buxom babe who played Bobby Ewing’s missus in Dallas (the original series, not the utter tosh recently screened on – surprise, surprise – Channel 5).
Anyway, the bold “Victoria” had a wee dig regarding the amount of times I bump my gums about “a well-fired, thin and crispy paratha” whenever I review an Indian restaurant.
Guilty as charged, m’Lord – but I still thought he/she was being a wee bit harsh.
You see, folks, as I replied in my email (before signing off as Larry Hagman), in the same way that Popeye is partial to a tin of spinach and Desperate Dan has a penchant for a cow pie,
I simply love a well-fired, thin and crispy paratha.
Is that really such a crime?
The unleavened Indian flat-bread is miles better than a stodgy old naan. And, as I was quick to point out, it’s also easier to eat, as your average naan bread is roughly the same size as an African elephant’s ear. Or one of the aforementioned Desperate Dan’s odour eaters.
Well, Vicky, I’ve got some good news and some bad news…
The good news? On my latest visit to an Indian restaurant, I didn’t have a well-fired, thin and crispy paratha.
The bad news? I still ordered a paratha. And, even though this one was actually quite soft and soggy, I’m still going to wax lyrical about it as, quite frankly, it was one of the best things I have ever tasted in ANY restaurant.
It was actually a haggis paratha. Yep, haggis. And describing it as soft and soggy is probably a bit harsh, as its texture (not unlike that of a potato scone) was all thanks to the moist, spicy haggis oozing from its every pore.
This wonderful bread only appeared on the A4 sheet of evening specials and I hereby beg the chef to make the haggis paratha a permanent feature on the a la carte menu. If that’s okay with you, Victoria…
We were at Rasoi in Lenzie, by the way, a very smart curry house that’s well worth checking out as it ticks all the right boxes.
The food was fab, service was terrific, the decor (including the toilets) was simply stunning and I promise you won’t screw up your face when presented with the bill.
Apart from that amazing paratha, the other two specials on the Monday night we visited are well worth raving about.
The oven-roasted smoked haddock – cooked with north Indian spices and served on a bed of cherry tomatoes and roasted peppers – was awesome.
One gentle tap with a fork and the fleshy fish simply fell apart. In terms of a true seafood sensation, I’d put it right up there with the tandoori salmon I recently sampled at The Taj in Prestwick.
The main course special was also very good – lamb mince and lamb fillet cooked in a rich, spicy sauce. It was described as “a taste of our upcoming new menu” and, on this evidence, I reckon it will become a star attraction.
However, at the risk of repeating myself, chef, just make sure you also have room for the haggis paratha.
The more “traditional” dishes at Rasoi also hit the spot. My pal Johnny had the fish pakora to start and it was light, crunchy and packed with chunky flakes of spiced haddock.
He then made light work of a straightforward lamb tikka. It was clearly very good quality meat, and the way his knife effortlessly carved through every succulent slab of lamb suggested it had been properly marinated.
Meanwhile, the chicken pakora – another Indian classic – got the thumbs up from Joe. It looked and tasted very fresh, a million miles from the stuff that’s been kept in a freezer for a few weeks before a quick dip in the deep-fat fryer.
Even his vegetarian dish – saag paneer – was quite delicious. The fresh spinach and Indian cheese combined beautifully with the spicy sauce, and all three strict carnivores at the table agreed it was delicious.
Overall, it was hugely impressive and I’d urge you to give Rasoi a bash. I would also suggest checking out the website ( www.rasoi-kitchen.com ) for some terrific bargains. For example, at various times through the week, you can enjoy two courses and a side dish (rice or naan) for the princely sum of £10.
But if you want to REALLY enjoy yourself, make sure you order a haggis paratha.
Address : 1 Millersneuk Shopping Centre, Lenzie
Telephone : 0141 777 9090
Open : Seven days for lunch and dinner.
Wheelchair access : Yes.
Bill: £78 for three (with wine).
Food : 5/5 – full points for the paratha.
Service : 4/5 – well done, Megan.
Decor : 5/5 – stunning, modern interior.
Toilets : 5/5 – see above.
Value : 4/5 – great food at a good price.