We had a triple birthday celebration at Royal Indian Curry House (RICH) in Poblacion near A. Venue Mall and Century City Mall. It’s been a while since we last dined in a restaurant serving Indian cuisine, so I was definitely excited to give it a try. Royal Indian Curry House is known to serve some of the best authentic contemporary classic Indian food and Pakistani cuisine in the metro. As it’s located in a quiet street at noon, you could easily walk past its nondescript exterior. But once you get through that door, things change. RICH is the kind of approachable place where you could learn to appreciate Indian food. Check out their menu here.
Review of Royal Indian Curry House (Poblacion, Makati City)
Royal Indian Curry House is favored by a clientele of locals and tourists blessed with good taste. The five-story building houses a dining room (where we were at), sports bars, private rooms, and a sky lounge. The dining room is furnished with high-backed dining chairs upholstered in crushed velvet, wood-sculpted swirl patterns on posts and on walls, paintings of Indian women in various settings, tinted pendant lamps by the staircase, and sculptures of subjects reminiscent of India. Lighting is soft and Indian music plays softly in the background.
Royal Indian Curry House nails the Indian food staples. For our starter, RICH’s Samosas (PhP 209) were rich in taste and in aroma. They’re light, fluffy and a good way to kick off your feast. It’s delicious on its own, but even better when dipped in the paired sriracha sauce, tamarind, and mint chutney.
The Murg Makhani (PhP 449) was incredibly tasty. The buttery chicken was perfectly cooked, and the sauce had a silky smooth rich texture which provided an overarching, luscious creaminess and richness to the whole dish. Perfectly balanced and superb.
RICH’s Palak Paneer (PhP 409) was a brazenly simple, yet profound dish with a vegetal smack providing a key counterweight to the gravity of the dish. It’s all the pureed goodness you need, a satisfying and an easy, pretty healthy, quick option for lunch. We ate it with Plain Basmati (PhP 189) and got some thick and chewy Cheese Naan (PhP 209) to dip it with for that little something extra.
Their Afghani Chicken (PhP 449) was a delectable version of the chicken curry. It’s also creamy thus pairing it with basmati rice will emphasize its lip-smacking flavors. Nice.
To wash it all down, Rose Lassi (PhP 219) gave a fragrant, refreshing and cooling taste. It could easily win the race for my next favorite drink. It’s a delicious twist on the traditional lassi; the sweet yogurt was flavored with rose syrup.
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Overall, our experience was quite positive, and I can definitely see why the place is so popular. Prices aren’t too steep for the value, and their signatures are really worth trying. Royal Indian Curry House in Makati is a nice place to get tasty, dependable preparations of classic North Indian fare; I would have no qualms about coming back. There’s no modesty in the name, but perhaps there doesn’t need to be. Royal and rich flavors and aroma of dishes are to be expected, and with their elaborate spices and good ingredients coming into play, this restaurant is great at what it does.