V and I tried the new upscale Indian restaurant Rangoli yesterday since it was a special occassion. V booked the restaurant through opentable and mentioned that it must be rather high-end for it to be on opentable. We were thoroughly disappointed.
The ambience was pleasing and the restaurant was done up nicely with ethnic themes and scriptures drawn very artistically on the walls. The booth we got was comfortable and the silverware and plates were classy. This is where the admiration ends.
Our waiter seemed rather clueless about guiding us eventhough we told him that we were vegetarians, and V specifically asked him what the best/most popular vegetarian dish on the menu was.
Anyway, we ended up ordering samosas for the appetizer course. The samosa was just standard fare that one gets at an Indian store with the slightly stale-smelling potato-filling. Their drink menu is extremely limited. They do have an elaborate wine list, but as far as non-alcholic drinks go, they have sodas, and mango lassi. Not even regular lassi.
For the main course we ordered Paneer khraiwala and Baingan bhartha with Kabuli naan and Tandoori roti. The Paneer khraiwala was spicy and flavorful with chunks of paneer, but the baingan bhartha was very very average. We wouldn't have minded that so much if we weren't paying $13 for each item.
The total bill for the 2 of us with one appetizer and 2 main dishes came to $45 with tip.
For an upscale restaurant, we wish Rangoli would be more creative with its menu. We prefer Turmeric in Sunnyvale for it's creative menu and slightly cheaper prices. More in next blog about Turmeric.