Rasoi Curry Point explores Northern and Southern Indian cuisine in Tustin, California

Neeta Shah had a dream of having her own restaurant showcasing foods of her Indian homeland. A small space opened up in the El Camino Plaza, also home of the famous Cream Pan. In October 2013, she started Rasoi Curry Point in this small unassuming space with a couple of tables as most of it was the kitchen. They recently expanded into the space next to them when it became available. Since everything is prepared from scratch and cooked to order, you can choose your spice level from mild to very spicy. The aromas that make their way into the dining room from the kitchen are tantalizing and can actually help you decide your meal through your senses versus the written words on the menu.

Vegetable Samosa ($2.99 for 2) is wheat flour dough stuffed with potatoes, peas, mild Indian herbs, and spices. It is also served with date, tamarind, and cilantro dipping sauces. The outside is more like a pastry pie crust versus a crispy wonton, phyllo dough. It is packed with potatoes, peas, and herbaceous flavor. Each sauce adds spicy, sweet, sour, and tangy flavors. Experiment to see which combination you like the best! Rating: 4.5/5

Chili Paneer ($8.99) is an Indo-Chinese dish made with pieces of paneer marinated in special spices, soy sauce, green peppers, and pan fried. Paneer has the texture of firm tofu along with the squeaky action of cheese curds. Paneer has a subtle flavor and takes on the flavors added to it. The chili sauce is spicy and a little sweet. It works well with the sautéed onions and bell peppers. Rating: 4.8/5

Chicken Biryani ($9.59) is a Hyderabad style dum biryani – where the chicken and long grain basmati rice are cooked together with home blended spices over low heat. The chicken is tender and very flavorful. The rice is beautifully presented like confetti from the different spices and contrasting green from the cilantro. Rating: 4.8/5

Garlic Naan ($2.29) is Indian flatbread cooked with minced garlic in the tandoor. The texture is great. It just needs more garlic flavor. Rating: 3.8/5

Tustin Chicken™ is a Rasoi specialty made with boneless chicken pieces marinated in special spices, Hara Masala yogurt, green peppers, and then pan-fried to perfection. The chicken is tender and has great flavor from the marinade. The bright green color will remind you of St. Patrick’s Day. It also has a spicy kick. Rating: 4.5/5

Chicken Tikki Masala ($11.99) is made with pieces of chicken marinated in a special sauce, roasted in the tandoor, and then cooked in a tomato and yogurt gravy. The chicken is tender and works well with the creamy tomato gravy. The gravy itself is silky with a little bit of a kick. Rating: 5/5

Palak Lamb ($12.99) is succulent pieces of lamb cooked in a spinach-based sauce. The lamb is tender and the spinach sauce is luxurious. The gamey flavors of the lamb balance with the greenness of the spinach. It is fantastic over rice! Rating: 5/5

Allu Korma is something that is not normally found in Orange County. It has perfectly cooked chunks of potatoes in a creamy gravy. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a side for Thanksgiving or maybe at a picnic with fried chicken. Rating: 4.8/5

If you’re looking for authentic home-cooked Indian cuisine, Rasoi Curry Point is where you’ll find it.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Décor: 3 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Rasoi Curry Point
678 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
Hours: Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking: Free lot parking
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