Rotee has been described to me by other patrons as having good take-out food. Not better than other Indian restaurants, however certainly worth the money, and convenient because Rotee offers delivery services. Rotee offers food at two different locations: Lower Haight, and SoMa. Rotee was recently featured in a Groupon deal, offering customers $30 worth of food, for only $15. I noticed more than one table coughing up their printed coupons when it came time to pay the bill.
If you’re looking for ambiance, Rotee offers a play on retro-Bollywood glamour. John S. describes it as being “popular during the dot com era of San Francisco.” On the walls are several movie posters depicting Indian movie stars at their best, with such flicks as Jungle Fever (and no, not the one starring Wesley Snipes).
The creative menu describes the cuisine as being Indian and Pakistani, yet the Indian influence seems to significantly dominate the flavors. Chicken Tikka Masala ($10) seems to be their most popular dish, “chicken cooked in a creamy tomato and herb sauce,” according to the online menu.
Must-try on the menu:
Aloo Palak ($8)– cooked spinach leaves with potatoes and spices. It’s probably the oddest dish from a visual perspective, however don’t let it deter you from the taste. Bordering on sweet, the spinach is rich in flavor. Admittedly, this was the only dish that didn’t yield leftovers.
Vegetable Biryani ($8)– delightful plate of spiced Basmati Rice served with various vegetables (green beans, carrots) topped with cilantro. The spice in this dish is the main feature, so be prepared to drink water as needed. Luckily, it’s not so powerful as to leaving you teary-eyed and feverish.
Rotee on Haight is open 7 days a week from 5:00pm – 10:30pm, and can be reached at (415) 552-8309.
Rotee Express on Howard is open Mon-Fri for lunch 11:30am-2:30pm only, and can be reached at (415) 778-6311.