I know after a summer full of ministry and camp, you probably did not expect a restaurant review blog.  Nevertheless, that is what you’re getting.  For two reasons.  One, I need a bit more time to process what’s going on this summer.  And two, this place was amazing.

Surprise, surprise.  G’raj Mahal is an Indian restaurant.  In downtown Austin.  Texas.  My wife and I had a date night tonight after a fairly rough day.  We drove downtown, carefully considering where to eat. We had wanted to visit G’raj Mahal for some time, but they cook in a trailer and serve at outdoor tables.  In Austin.  Texas.  In July.  So there was some legitimate reasons for debate.  But we braved the heat, and we are so glad we did.

We started with the Samosas appetizer.  Very traditional Indian flavor, but delicious.  Then we ordered some naan and panatha, which are Indian breads.  The panatha (which was my favorite last summer, when I was actually IN India) was good, but the naan was out of this world.  For my dinner, I chose the Rechard Masala, which was shrimp and some vegetables in a red chili sauce.  Incredible.  Absolutely incredible.  And beautiful on the plate.  My wife likes to order conservatively, but I talked her out of her comfort zone and she ordered a Kashmiri Chicken dish.  Now that looked much more like what I ate in India, but the flavor was amazing.  A creamy sauce with apples, raisins and cashews.  And curry, of course.  So complex and yet so smoothly integrated.  

We cannot recommend this place high enough for all our Austin friends, and any of you visiting our wonderful city.  Only that one restaurant in downtown Chennai even comes close to comparing to this food.  I can’t wait to go back and try something else.

Eat well.