Roshambo

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Roshambo

Roshambo

Location: SE 50th & Lincoln behind the Yoga Union Studio
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11:30-8; Fri, Sat, 11:30-9, Sun, 12-7

The Story:

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.

Koftas from Roshambo

Koftas from Roshambo

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]

Sample Menu:

  • 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

Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11:30-8; Fri, Sat, 11:30-9, Sun, 12-7
Phone: 971.266.1008
Website: RoshamboPDX.com
Facebook: Roshambo

New Taste of India at PSU

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New Taste of India at PSU

New Taste of India at PSU

Location: SW 4th and Hall
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime

The Story:

New Taste of India has multiple location throughout the city. Serving up traditional Indian food with large daily special that are enough to feed two people. More details coming soon.

Phone: 503 888 0489

Taste of India

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New Taste of India

New Taste of India

Location: SW 9th and Washington
Hours: weekdays, lunch

Indian food. Multiple locations.

Bombay Chaat House

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Location: 804 SW 12th Ave and Yamhill (located on Yamhill, next to India Chaat House)

Description: The Chaat is back! (Updated May 17) There was some sort of family split WHICH IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS, but the former cook/owner/or something from India Chaat next door just simply reopened  a new name and a spiffed up cart-bus of her own. The lesson here?  HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A CART OWNER SCORNED. bombay-12

Anyway, I’ll keep out of this War of the Roses style cart drama henceforth, but I have to say that Bombay Chaat is certainly exceeding expectations in value, quality and service. It’s basically the same menu as before with 100% vegetarian (or vegan on request) Indian snacks, bean or vegetable dishes, curries, rice dishes and some of the best Naan bread to grace Portland.

The $5.00, 6 piece lunch special should be illegal at this price. Easily enough to serve two for lunch, it comes with basamati rice, dal tarka spiced lentils, a hubcap sized piece of tender made to order naan, and three main dishes such as creamy vegetable korma, aloo saag spinach and potatoes. A free cup of chai tea is usually offered up while you wait, so technically this could be considered a 7 course meal for $5.00. Whoa. That’s a bargain!

Although the above lunch deal is the reason many eat at this cart, I’m particuarly fond of the Chaats (snacks). These are things like made to order garlic naan bread ($1.25), sev-poori crispy Indian noodles with tarmarind and mint sauces, homemade yogurt, garbanzo beans and onions, or aloo tiki deep fried mashed and spiced potato patties. The Samosa Chaat is one of my favorite things: two close to baseball sized potato and vegetable samosas, deep fried and served with the same sauxe as the sev-poori above. At $3.50, the Samosa chaat makes a terrific lunch, while my tweet tooth often steers me to the Pishwari bread stuffed with almonds, pistachios, raisins and cashews with a rose syrup. Sweet or mango yogurt lassis are also quite refreshing. bombay-3

I’m not going to say which cart I prefer or which one I think is better. Dear reader, I’ll let you be the judge of that. I will say however that I’m really glad Bombay Chaat is open for business.

Sample Menu:

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm

Phone: 503 241-7944

Website: Bombay Chaat House

Email: BombaayChaatHouse@gmail.com

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India Chaat House

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Description: Probably one of the most beloved of all the food carts in Portland, especially with vegetarians and vegans. For everything at the Chaat House is vegetarian, and all can be made vegan if requested. This “cart” is actually a large panel van that has morphed over the past couple of years to include a more permanent covered and enclosed porch with a counter and two picnic tables, making it one of the few carts to eat at during either balmy or stormy weather.

Food here is fairly straightforward; a 5 piece combo (with rice and some of the best freshly made Nan bread anywhere) will only run you $5.50. Curries, lentil and other bean dishes, vegetable standards like Saag Aloo, Aloo Gobi, Mutter Paneer, and rice biriyanis (most of them around $5.00) somehow seem fresher, lighter, and more balanced here than some of the other carts.

Chaat refers to snacks in India, and the Chaat House delivers nicely with things like vegetable pakoras, samosas, mango or salty yogurt based lassis, kheer rice pudding, and a whole separate menu just for “chaat”. These include the above mentioned “snacks” as well as things like aloo tiki -deep fried spiced potato patties served with chutney ($2.50), Samosa chaat with bits of potato stuffed samosas in a cold curry sauce with garbanzos and coriander chutney ($5.00), or Bahle-Poor (a puffed rice snack).

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One of my favorite sweets is Pishwari ($2.00), a freshly made piece of nan bread sprinkled  with finely ground pistachios, raisins, drizzled with a hint of rosewater syrup. Served with a steaming cup of Chai, this makes a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

India Chaat House can get extremely popular during lunch hours and food is prepared fresh so it may take a big longer to get your food than at some of the other carts. Even on the weekends one might see large Indian families chowing down (a good sign indeed), or groups of young twenty somethings arriving en masse on bicycles to take up all the table space. However, the wait is worth it.

Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat 11-4, Closed Sunday

Phone: 503-241-7944

Website: Check out their MySpace Page

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