Maximum Yummy!. While I had to read the description of the dishes because some names were different than I was used too, ie; Lamb Rogan josh vs. Lamb Do-Piaza... the food was excellent. It was my sweeties first foray into Indian cusine and she was, happily, not dissapointed. We started with the lentil soup which was a terrific beginning to the meal, we should have ordered a quart to take home. The roti and naan breads were fantastic with the tamarind sauce and onion chutney. Our entrees arrived and we shared lobster colored tandori chicken and perfectly seasoned lamb with a half carafe of the house red. The saffron rice was also delicious. The older Indian gentleman who served us was informative and attentive throughout the meal. We doggy-bagged what we couldn't finish as the portions were rather large (a good-sized half chicken). If I lived closer I would visit this resturant a few times a month. Don't forget to grab a good pinch of the fennel seed mixture at the register... a sweet, crunchy, savory mouth surprising end to a great meal.
What Happened to Ruchee??. Just last week, my husband and I went to Ruchee - our favorite Indian restaurant in the region. We hadn't been for a long time and right away noticed the different staff. Saw the menu and it had changed some. So we guessed it had been taken over by new management. Ordered Lamb Biryani - Ruchee once made THE VERY BEST - but not anymore. It was very average. The rice was mealy. Maybe 5 small lumps of lamb. The waitress rarely came by. We would have ordered more wine but she never came back after delivering our meal except when we asked for the check even though we were the only customers in the restaurant. Sad to see it go. It was once a really fine restaurant.
Excellent all around. Savory Tikka Masala and wonderful Samosas. Service is quick and friendly. The quality is noticeably better than other Indian restaurants I've tried. I used to go to India Garden and Grill, but they closed down. Ruchee turned out to be way better. They are who I turn to for great indian food. They have a Ruchee Express downtown also, on Main street near VCU. They are equally satisfying and friendly. Very recommended.
Yes, New owner recently. Food is very good, and they will work with you if miss something from the old menu / owner
Ruchee used to be good....but it's not bad.. The last time my wife and I went to Ruchee was some time ago. (Perhaps a year---Yes...I'm late with a review) We used to go all the time. We didn't realize that the restaurant was sold. It's my understanding that the previous owner went back to India...or maybe it was a family member. (not sure) Nonetheless, we attempted to order and noticed that the menu wasn't really the same and that some of our favorites were not on it. That's Okay...we are up for trying something different. Wow. The service was not very good and the food was absolutely NOT as good as before. Such a shame too because the 'original' Ruschee was one of very few restaurants we would be loyal to in Richmond. Even to this day when I want Indian food, I mention to my wife that we should go back. It's always the same reply. "No, we don't need to. go there." I agreed....although I may give it another chance someday.
It used to be good?!. Shalom! I used to eat lunch almost every day @ Ruchee's when I worked in the Boulders Office Park. I loved the food and service. This is a restaurant where I saw native Indians eat. That says something! I have not been in about one year. Now, I am reading reviews that they are not good as they once were. I am Vegan and this is why I went because they had non-dairy sauces. I hope that is not true because i have recommended and taken several people to the restaurant. Maybe, they switched cooks. I hope for the best for Ruchee's in the future.
Not what it was. I agree with the writer in April 2008. We used to get take out but last few times it was just not the same. Baigan Bharta was full of crunchy cloves or peppercorns and it had lots of undercooked peas. It was also greasier than before and just not enjoyable at all. We do hold everything accountable to the standards of Malabar Restaurant so our expectations are high.
Used to be WONDERFUL - NOT anymore :(. We used to go to Ruchee in the past and we used to be blown away by the amazing food, service and in general the coziness of the place. We stopped by recently after a year of break (for lunch buffet)- and the experience was more than disappointing. The food was barely edible, my chicken actually bad more "goop" than meat, things were either over or underdone, and their amazing rice pudding was now rice in sweet water, literally :( The waiter kept running to our table every 2 minutes, trying to take our plates away despite of us not being done. The bottoms of the straws were pinched so we'd drink less soda... All in one it was a disappointing experience and when we paid we figured out why. Apparently the ownership of the place changed over the past year - they tried to say that it's for the better, it's now much better quality, better service, etc....Well I don't know..All I know is that this has been my favorite place but I now have no desire whatsoever to go back there. If anyone figures out what happened to the previous owners (did they open a new restaurant, and WHERE) post it please!! Lol! Their food and service was beyond amazing and especially after this disappointing experience I'd be willing to go anywhere after them!! :)
Very nice dinner! Highly recommended if in the mood for Indian!. I'm here in Virginia travelling, and happen to enjoy Indian Cuisine. Well, Chicken Tikka Masala anyway, and Naan. I looked this place up on the web, plugged into the GPS, and took off. Not hard to find, all freeway but 1/4 mile at most. When we arrived (Wednesday) at about 6:30, we were the only customers! Shortly after though, a couple came in, then another person. Seating for plenty though, very open. I notice another review said the place next door was loud, sign said El Salvadoran, and looked like a bar. Very quiet, perhaps only on the weekends? Our waiter, an older gentleman, had a delightful demeanor, very happy, and eager to please. A bit hard to understand, but I'd rather be eating food prepared by an expert than have someone who speaks correct English! The menu was well written, although Chicken Tikka Masala was something like Maju Tikka Masala. Probably chicken in Indian, I've just never seen it written that way. Quite a good selection of items, 2 pages of entrees roughly, page of appetizers, and a page of deserts. You probably won't be disappointed if you have a favorite. You could always call too. The menu warns that the meal would take 25-30 minutes to prepare due to the cooking time in the tandoori oven. Sure enough, when we got the dinner, the meat had the typical color from being cooked in a tandoori oven. Obviously served with rice. Portions probably average in size, I'm a big eater and I'm quite full now. The Masala was a bit less sweet than I'm accustomed to, but not overpowering, and was mild, as I asked for. The Garlic Naan was excellent. Hard to screw up, but you could taste the garlic, it was delicious. With two Chicken Tikka Masala's, 6 good sized pieces of Naan, and water, the total with tax was $38. I give this restaurant five stars, with a caveat. I didn't have anything but two items from the menu, I can't say all entrees are good. But the friendly, enthusiastic service easily puts this to the five star rating.
Best Indian food in town!. At least in our opinion. My husband and I love this place. The food is divine and the staff are warm and welcoming. We have tried various starters and main courses and loved them all. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and the service is top-notch. I always opt for medium (you can choose the spiciness of entrees) and it's just the right amount of heat. Their selection of fresh naan is delicious and I could probably eat that alone. We don't get there as often as we'd like, but every time we dine we are just as satisfied as the last.
Indulge your ethnic food desire.. You'll enjoy Ruchee if you like Indian cuisine. The staff and cooks and takers of phone orders all do a great job. Everything our friends and we have tried has been excellently prepared and delicious. We find we need our ' Indian food fix' now and Ruchee takes care of us. The food is fragrant and tasty and spiced mild to HOT as to your fancy and the staff is prompt and friendly.
Journey Back Home. Within minutes of entering the gateway of Ruchee, I felt like I was back home in India. The aromas, the grand service, and family atmosphere truly made a great first impression on me. But the best was still yet to come. The dinner was sensuous with the correct amount of spices for everything. The art of cooking had not been lost here. After an exquisite dinner, I was convinced by the waiter to have a 'mango pie a la mode.' God himself could not have made a better dessert. In essence, there is a phenomenal Indian Restaurant now in Richmond that I know I will return to because now, its home. Thanks Ruchee.
Despite a different background, you'll feel at home here..
The dining room is rarely crowded at this slightly out-of-the-way Southside restaurant, which allows the management to give each guest attentive service. The traditional Indian dishes at Passage to India are authentic, and the management will cater the level of spiciness to your personal preference.
Try the vegetable samosas as an appetizer; the fried pockets filled with potatoes, peas and spices with chutney are a delicious beginning. For the main course, several curry options are available, as one would expect from most Indian restaurants, but there are a lot of other delicious options to choose from. The begain bhartha, or eggplant mashed and mixed with spices, is especially good here. The culmination of service and well-cooked Indian favorites makes Passage to India a journey worth taking.
MR SINGH IS THE MAN. Sure this restaurant is in a poor location-but it is the biggest secret in Richmond. My husband and I love it-the best in Richmond. Always plenty of food-the vegetable appetizer sampler is to die for. The onion chutney and papadum is definitely the best in town. The main dishes are somewhat similar but by the time you get to that-you're full. :)