Select by:

You May Also Like

The Whip In off of I-35 and East Oltorf is a one-stop shop for Indian fusion cuisine, house-brewed beers, live music and convenience store shopping. A "jack of all trades" type of restaurant that is now near the top of our must-try list!

North Austin is home to many authentic Asian restaurants serving up dishes the mainstream has yet to discover. This can be a little intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine and lacking a qualified tour guide. This week I took a tasty adventure through Swad Restaurant, a South Indian diner immensely popular with vegetarians.

"Curry up" and get over to G'Raj Mahal

05.08.2014 by: Leah McGarry
Share This Post:

The brick and mortar location of G’Raj Mahal has been open for about a month now on Rainey Street.  Although some people are still longing for the days of the BYOB trailer, we think the new restaurant is a great spot to grab some tasty Indian food and enjoy the atmosphere on Rainey.

The front patio has a festive tent lined with colorful drapes and adorned with lanterns.  The awning will provide some much needed shade during the summer months, and powerful fans provide a nice breeze.

Front patio of G'raj Mahal {Photo via Facebook page}


Back patio {Photo via Facebook page}

We started off our meal with a selection of starters, perfect for grabbing drinks and a bite to eat after work.  The Lamb Samosas were a standout, much like they were at the trailer, but we also enjoyed the Vegetable Fritters with mint and tamarind chutney.  The Pani Puri is another fun choice – little crispy “cups” with chana filling that your server will fill with tamarind sauce.


Samosas filled with spicy grilled lamb


Pakoras - seasoned vegetable fritters


Pani Puri with tamarind sauce

No Indian feast would be complete without some delicious bread.  We tried both the Naan and the Batura (Indian fry bread).  Both were the perfect accompaniment to our meal.


Naan, fresh baked in Tandoor oven


Batura, Indian fry bread

We topped off our selection with a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala, served in custom-made hammered copper dishes. Though it wasn’t the standout of the meal, we enjoyed the creaminess of the dish and perfectly cooked basmati rice.  If you like spicy, be sure to ask for it! 


Chicken Tikka Masala

Overall we really enjoyed our experience – charming and relaxing environment, attentive service, and tasty food.  It’s a great option next time you’re looking for something a little different on Rainey Street.

{G'Raj Mahal official website}

TAGS : Downtown , G'Raj Mahal