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Sai Ram [Tandoori Chicken]

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Having had Indian food before and not being very fond of it, I was skeptical to say the least when we decided to check out Sai Ram Indian Cuisine at 253 W. Northland Avenue in Appleton earlier this week. I think my fear of Indian food stems from a batch of very potent curry back in the day and until this week, I have not been able to jump back on the Indian food bus.

I Couldn’t Pronounce The Menu Items, But Other Than That, It Rocked!

Well, to ruin the suspense, this place rocked! From the moment I sat down until I got up, I was pleasantly impressed with not only the service and atmosphere, but the food as well. Alright, let’s rewind. Getting there around lunchtime, the place was pretty quiet, maybe a table or two in the place. The host decided to seat Food in the Fox right across from the wine bar, which was small and elegant. The menu was interesting. I didn’t know how to pronounce most of it and I really didn’t know what to expect by ordering anything on the menu. The waitress mentioned that the lunch specials were towards the back. Good deal. I wasn’t about to spend$25 on something I didn’t like.

Tandoori Chicken & Masala

I decided on the lunch special which included 2 entrees, served with Sambar (lentil soup prepared with fresh vegetables, herbs, spices, family recipe) and rice. For entrees I went with Tandoori Chicken (chicken leg and thigh pieces are marinated overnight in yogurt with herbs and spices and cooked on skewers) and Vegetarian Masala (mixed vegetables cooked with spices, fresh tomatoes, onions, and cream in a chefs special sauce). The soup was good and unlike any soup I have ever had. It was filled with spices, robust and delicious. The presentation of the entrees was pretty unique. It was served on a large platter with the two entrees in smaller bowls on the platter. There wasn’t a ton of chicken on the legs but what was there was not spicy, but flavorful! The Masala was a yellow dish that had the consistency of thick soup. It was also very good. The fresh vegetables were cooked nicely and the yellow sauce was flavored with many kinds of spices.Even the rice here was a bit different than normal rice. It had a hint of sweetness to it, as if cinnamon and sugar were added, maybe?

Overall, two thumbs way up for this place. It was truly nice to go out on a limb and try something different. I will be back to try out more of their traditional Indian dishes, soon!

-M

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Sai Ram Lentil Soup

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Location:

Sai Ram Indian Cuisine
253 W. Northland Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911


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Sai Ram Indian Cuisine [Chicken Vindaloo & Palak Paneer]

Sai Ram Lunch

It was something new for Food in the Fox today. While wandering up Northland a snap decision was made to swing into Sai Ram for lunch. Our snap decisions have been working out pretty well lately, and today that trend continued. Not only that, this is my first official foray into authentic Indian food. I had to admit, when the server brought out the meal I was a shade skeptical. The presentation was a large stainless steel platter with two small stainless steel dishes filled with a mysterious green substance and an almost as mysterious orange substance. On the side was the rice. Fortunately, all went better than expected. 

Palak Paneer (Green) n’ Chicken Vindaloo (Orange)

I didn’t spend much time with the menu and instead concentrated on the lunch selection and enjoying the relaxing surroundings. The lunch menu at Sai Ram lets you combine two small serving entrees with a slightly sweet basmati rice and lentil soup for $9.50. For 75 cents you can trade in your basmati rice for brown. Lunch options include tandoori chicken, chicken curry, beef vindaloo, vegetable masala, and a couple of other selections. I opted for the chicken vindaloo and the palak paneer. 

Firstly, the green stuff you see in the picture below is the palak paneer. This is spinach and homemade cottage cheese cooked in spices, onions, ginger, garlic, and cream. In this instance, when you think “cottage cheese” don’t think of the typical grocery store stuff. This cottage cheese was more the consistency and shape of firm tofu, but with the flavor of cottage cheese. There were only two or three pieces of the cheese in the soup-like dish and the taste wasn’t really my thing. 

Secondly, the orange stuff in the other pic is the chicken vindaloo, which I enjoyed a great deal more than the palak paneer. It doesn’t really look like it, but there were a few good-sized chunks of chicken hiding in the sauce. Straight from Sai Ram’s menu, chicken vindaloo is an “extra spiced curry dish from the region of Goa. Cooked with potatoes, coconut, poppy seeds, and yogurt in a tangy spiced sauce.” The menu said extra spicy and while I could definitely feel it, it wasn’t overpowering in the slightest

The remaining picture is of the lentil soup, which had a bit of kick to it.

- T

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Sai Ram Lentil Soup

Sai Ram Palak Paneer

Sai Ram Chicken Vindaloo

Location:

Sai Ram Indian Cuisine
253 W. Northland Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911


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