Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shahenshah Cuisine of India

A long time fan of Indian food, I had occasion to try one of Macon's Indian restaurants this week. Shahenshah Cuisine of India, located at 5022 Romeiser Drive, Macon, is convenient to Macon State and I475. Their web site boasts a "huge menu that can satisfy any size appetite." Now, the fantastic variety on the menu is indisputable, but to a hobbit the latter part of that boast is not so much a statement as a personal challenge. My anticipation for this visit built up over several days and by the time I got there, I certainly had a hobbit-worthy appetite.

My friend and I split the Assorted Appetizer (for two) which includes Samosas, Pakoras (fritters), and Papadum. This arrived swiftly with a selection of three delicious sauces. The appetizer provided a tremendous variety of flavors, was very tasty, and built strong anticipation for the main course.

We shared Lamb Rogan Josh and Fish Tikka Masala, accompanied with rice for the main course. Our server was kind enough to make recommendations from our shortlist of selections. The dishes were a fine example of Indian cuisine and were fresh, hot (temperature), and very nicely seasoned. A side of Naan and a drink of Mango Lassi (yogurt-based drink) rounded off this fantastic meal nicely.

The service was frequent and friendly, a true representation of the family business that Shahensha is. The food was delicious and yes, this Hobbit's appetite was satisfied, and then some. In fact, a meal such as this is best not rushed and the attentive service at Shahenshah's will make you happy to linger.

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