Friday, December 28th

G’Raj Mahal

I’ll admit it. I like to play favorites. When it comes to cuisine, I’ll take Asian over anything else. Spicy over non-spicy. Rice over fries. Curries over ketchup. So I’m going to review another of my favorite trucks, G’Raj Mahal. Aside from being one of the most popular food trucks around, with lots of seating and a super-cool vibe, it’s got some kickass spicy Indian food.

G'Raj Mahal

The last time I visited G’Raj Mahal┬áMr. Betty and I had a double date. We brought wine and beer (hooray for BYOBs!) and sat under the Moroccan tents listening to the crazy hobo-style band. It was about 9 pm on a Saturday night, beautiful weather outside, and very crowded. Lots of Rainy Street pub crawlers were out to fill their bellies before a night of drinking, yet we landed a table after only a short wait.

We settled in and took our time with the menu, choosing a bunch of different things to try and share. The tables are really tiny and all the same size, so it’s a challenge if there’s more than two people eating. But we made it work and were just happy to be there, balancing paper plates on our laps. Due to the outdoor seating, everything is served on disposable ware. This is decidedly unfancy and just fine.

G'Raj Mahal

Here’s what we ordered: Samosas and Vegetable Pakoras. After a long discussion with the waiter about putting in our appetizers first, they still came out the same time as the rest of the food, contributing to the space limitations on the table. But they were tasty, especially the pakoras.

Samosas

Pakoras

For our entrees: Chicken Vindaloo (the spiciest dish of the night), Seafood Coconut Curry, Tandoori Shrimp, and a fiery hot Goan shrimp dish called Rechaad Masala.

Chicken Vindaloo

Coconut Curry

Tandoori Shrimp

Rechaad Masala

On the side we had fluffy basmati rice and naan and flavorful chick peas.

Naan

Chick Peas

Everything was fresh, spicy, and enjoyed by the whole group. There wasn’t a dish that I wouldn’t eat again, although I’d most likely go for the Rechaad Masala. It’s my favorite dish they do. G’Raj Mahal can hold its own against any Indian restaurant in town. At about $14 per entree, the prices are the same as everyone else, too. I don’t know about you, but I expect to pay a little less when the portions are so small and I’m eating with plastic utensils. But such is the trend of Austin restaurants these days: high prices for even the most casual of dining experiences. Our funky little affordable city is disappearing before our eyes. But until then, there’s curry.

2 Responses

  1. Looks amazing! Bummer about the high prices, but it seems to be the way of our city these days…

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