Ever since the Internet made it easier for international foods to meet inner-national foods, communities worldwide have enjoyed more-diverse diaspora dining. Today's Groupon brings the flavors of Indian and Pakistani cuisine to the Lower Haight: for $15, you get $30 worth of filling fare at Rotee. The restaurant opens for dinner nightly at 5 p.m., and reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead.
Large portions from Rotee's expansive menu of curries, vegetarian plates, tandoori, and rice dishes refuel stomach tanks with renewed energy. Fresh samosas celebrate all 360 degrees of the triangle ($5) before incoming curries such as aloo gosht (spicy potatoes in a light curry with the company of chicken, beef, or lamb, $9–$10). Tandoori dishes such as the marinated tandoori fish ($14) are naturally roasted in a special clay oven known to locals as the Adobe Easy Bake. The vegetarian-friendly daal maash packs the protein punch of a peanut-butter kangaroo and comes stocked with hearty lentils sautéed in Lahori spices ($8). Classic rice dishes such as kaabli chana biryani (garbanzo beans and spices with cilantro on a tender bed of basmati rice, $8) are also served. Complement the feast with a variety of Indian and Asian beers, among other drinks.
The chic and relaxed atmosphere refreshes the senses as swiftly as the exotic spices in each dish. Rotee opens into a casual space inspired by the colors and architectural geometries of Bollywood and the wind. As walls greet the eye with calming tones, white-checkered window frames evenly dissect incoming splashes of sunlight, moonlight, and rainbow brite. Post-work meals or weekend-dining dates are a no-hassle arrangement for all-sized parties thanks to comfily mobile benches that provide a veritable Tetris of seating possibilities.
Today's deal cannot be used at Rotee Express.
- At Rotee, one of the best dishes to hurry out of the oven is the fish tandoori...Spice-encrusted catfish, cut into pieces but still on the bone, stays juicy and tender. The tandoori fire brings out the flavors of the coriander and fennel in the rub which, to our delight, wasn't tarted up in a fake red color. – Amanda Berne, San Francisco Chronicle
- Diners usually need to order at the counter, or a server might come to your table, but whatever happens, order the tikka masala. Other standouts include tandoori fish and spicy bhuna gosht, a smooth hot sauce that goes remarkably well with lamb. – Gayot
- We started with a round of pakoras (mine had cauliflower in it) and samosas. My favorite dishes were the buttery and very flavorful daal maash, moist and spicy tandoori chicken leg, and complex bhuna gosht (lamb). – Melanie Wong, Chowhound
The nimble-fingered servers at Rotee Express—a high-speed version of its sister restaurant, Rotee—speedily dish platefuls of traditional tastes from Pakistan and Northern India. Made-from-scratch chutneys and sauces glaze fresh vegetables, and halal cuts of beef, lamb, and chicken emit delectable aromas as they roast in a tandoor clay oven. Curried flavors awaken dishes such as chicken tikka masala, and sizeable pieces of naan—a traditional indian flatbread—accompany plates so diners can scoop up sauces or play midcourse games of frisbee.
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