Indian food is not normally something I automatically think of when choosing somewhere to go out to eat. This Restaurant Spotlight changed that! I recently enjoyed the most amazing dinner I have had in a long time at Sai Ram Indian Cuisine. The flavor profiles of Indian food are absolutely amazing and vibrant. It is certainly not something I could whip together at home, and the very reasonably priced quality food at Sai Ram makes it worth the trip. I am hooked!
Contrary to what my fiancée believes, Indian food is not just curry! There are many different delicious curry options available, of course, but they are not the only choices. With the new menu at Sai Ram, you will have plenty to choose from and will be able to venture outside the typical American “hamburger, steak or grilled cheese” that we have grown accustomed to, with quality ingredients and local options when possible, such as the organic olive oils from The Olive Cellar right next door. The environment is new and feels warm and as if you walked into another world right in Appleton. The paint color and décor is the perfect compliment to the crisp looking new and easy-to-understand menus. You can tell they truly care when the servers are taking your orders on iPhones!
On this particular occasion, a friend and I decided to take advantage of ladies’ night on Tuesday evening, when we could enjoy half-price drinks. If you wanted a perfect date night, Mondays are half-off bottles of wine! We started the meal off with their house made ginger bread, which was warm and soft (comparable to a pita-type bread) and baked in their special clay oven. We ordered one of their most popular appetizers, the Mixed Vegetable Pakoras. These perfectly fried flavorful spinach, onion, potato and eggplant fritters are handmade, fresh-to-order, and perfectly spiced. They are then dipped in chickpea and rice flour and served with a house made tangy sweet-and-sour sauce, a coconut and mustard seed sauce, hot sauce and my personal favorite: a spicy green mint chutney that I could eat with a spoon!
For our entrees, we couldn’t choose which we wanted, so we decided to order from the vegetarian and vegan menu, which had plenty to choose from! We went with the Vegetable Masala and Vegetable Biryani and split it between the two of us. My personal favorite was the Vegetable Masala. It was heaven in my mouth! The dish had the perfect Indian flavors with mixed vegetables cooked with spices, fresh tomatoes, onions and the chef’s special sauce. I literally could not stop eating it! The slightly sweet flavor of the cream sauce was the perfect compliment to the spice you feel after you take a bite. If it gets a bit too spicy for you, you can take a bite of their homemade yogurt and cucumber side that takes the heat away. Have no fear, all of you non-spicy lovers: they can tailor your menu items to your specific spice preference.
The Vegetable Biryani left an empty plate when we were done with it because this Basamiti rice and fresh veggie dish with fresh herbs, spices and curry spice was absolutely delicious! It reminded me of a non-greasy fried rice with Indian flavors instead. I will be ordering this to-go for my at-home enjoyment on a regular basis!
As if we didn’t have enough food, we had to complete our meal with a traditional Indian dessert, the Mango Kulfi, which is an Indian ice cream they make in-house with condensed milk, cream, almonds and cardamom. The mango flavor was strong and delightful with the drizzled chocolate sauce on top. Do not leave here without completing your trip to India by trying dessert!
This Restaurant Spotlight is certainly one of my favorites as it allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. As a vegetarian, there was plenty to choose from. They have vegan options as well. Meat eaters have no fear, there is plenty for you to choose from as well; with chicken, lamb, beef and shrimp options, you will be very satisfied.
Be sure to sign up for e-mails! Friend Sai Ram on Facebook and so you can receive a coupon on your next visit. Remember them for your next event, as they have a great private meeting area that seats up to 35. Refer to Sai Ram’s ad in Nature’s Pathways for a special discount and don’t forget to mention this article. Thank you, everyone at Sai Ram, for a wonderful dining experience that I will be sure to share with others!
Sai Ram Indian Cuisine 253 Northland Ave., Appleton
920.733.3003 • http://SaiRamCuisine.com
Monday - Thursday:
Lunch Hours 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner Hours 4:30-9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
Lunch Hours 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner Hours 4:30-9:30 p.m.