Location: SE 50th & Lincoln behind the Yoga Union Studio
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11:30-8; Fri, Sat, 11:30-9, Sun, 12-7
In an old-school Aloha trailer at D-Street Noshery you can get some excellent Indian cuisine that is simple and fresh and tasty. Roshambo will surprise you at how good they are.
Created by chef David McGough, yoga teacher Uma Diana Hulet, and developer Randy Rapaport, Roshambo offers up organic, vegetarian Indian cuisine made from scratch. Normally, the menus at Indian carts list upwards of 50 items, so it becomes a challenge for me to pick something. At Roshambo, they have a small menu of around 10 items along with daily specials. That tells me they spend more time and care perfecting these dishes.
At Roshambo, they have small bites along with full meals. The day I visited, I picked up some potato, jalapeno and paneer koftas which I would describe as mini veggie balls sitting in a sweet and savory tomato sauce. The koftas are a mix of chickpea flour, herbs, spices and the vegetables and then lightly fried. I have had koftas elsewhere that were a bit over fried, but at Roshambo, they were light and fluffy and the jalapeno added a nice pleasant zing. For $6, a great treat for a cold day.
Roshambo has a mouthwatering menu and makes vegan samosas on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you’re looking for something new and want to venture beyond the traditional, check them out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[Roshambo moved to SE 50th and Lincoln November 2012]
- Potato, jalapeno, paneer koftas – $6
- Kichari: ayurveda-inspired, brown basmati rice, moong dal with seasonal vegetables and spices – $6
- Samosas: served with house-made mango chutney – $6
- Moong Dal w/Spinach: yellow moong beans with spinach, spices and topped with house-made ghee – $9
- Chana Masala: chickpeas simmered in a savory tomato sauce – $9
- Aloo Dum: potatoes in a creamy, spicy curry sauce – $9
- Vegetable Korma: house-made Indian cheese simmered with vegetables in a savory creamy sauce – $9