Following a late t-ball game that saw the mighty Little Angels in Training Saints pull out an 11-8 win over the Waukeenah Fertilizer Harvesters, it was time for dinner. The thought of actually making something at the house was less than thrilling, so we decided to make the drive to Samrat in Tallahassee for Indian food.
The restaurant is located at 2529 Apalachee Parkway, and was fairly quiet, as we arrived an hour or so before closing time. We were seated at a table for two near a window and were provided with menus, which listed a vast array of appetizers and specialty dishes. Kirsten and I weighed our options. We ordered the assorted vegetable appetizer, and, being more familiar with Indian fare, for the main course Kirsten selected our dinner of alu matar and chicken tikka masala. The waiter asked us what level of spiciness we wanted, and for safety’s sake, we opted for mild.
After a brief wait, a plate of vegetarian samosa (fried turnovers), pakora (vegetable fritters), papadum (crispy lentil wafer), and onions bhujia (lightly spiced onion fritter) arrived. The pakora and onions bhujia were both good, but the standout was the samosa. It was crispy on the outside and filled with potatoes, peas and spices. It was billed as mild, but it still packed a nice amount of heat.
As we nibbled on the papadum, two metal bowls with our entrees, a bowl each of perfectly cooked basmati rice, and a basket of garlic naan arrived at our table. I scooped a serving of both entrees onto my plate, along with a helping of basmati rice. For more on Samrat read the full review on Tallahassee.com.