I got a paneer tikka roll, and an aloo/chunna pakora (potato/chickpea fritter) roll. What really makes Roomali stand out is its chutney. It is authentic, wet, fresh coriander chutney with a subtle minty flavor. It’s refreshingly spicy. In addition, Kati Roll’s paneer is too chewy and its parathas are so oily. Roomali’s parathas were fresh, and the paneer was soft. I did like the aloo/chunna pakora roll better than the paneer tikka roll, because the potatoes, which were slightly sour, absorbed the spices better than the paneer. Both rolls, however, were very enjoyable and tasty to eat. I just ate lunch but am craving an aloo roll right now.
After eating, we went across the street and got some delicious Kashmiri chai from Naimat Kada.
Kashmiri chai is pink…and salty. The first time I tried it, I thought it was really gross. But now I like it. It has a delicate flavor, and a pretty color. I like it despite the crushed pistachios in it – I generally avoid pistachios because their flavor is too much for me, but I guess crushed and mixed into this salty, thick chai, they taste just fine.
Roomali is on 27th and Lex, at 97 Lexington. Naimat Kada is on 124 Lexington, between 28th and 29th streets.