Satisfying Indian cuisine at Royal Aroma
Six months ago, Royal Aroma opened in Kaiserslautern, serving Indian food buffets at lunch and dinner. The owner recently transitioned to a dynamic, affordable a la carte menu — and I couldn’t be happier with the change.
Royal Aroma’s offerings are the tastiest, highest quality and best value in the Kaiserslautern area. Main courses cost 2 to 8 euros less than elsewhere in the community, about 10 euros for chicken-based choices with basmati rice. The menu includes a range of appetizers, vegetable dishes, curries with choice of meat, types of naan and desserts. Specials are frequently promoted on Royal Aroma’s Facebook page.
Every dish is worth trying, so dine with a group at dinner and share family style. Or go at lunch for the 13-euro sampler, which includes an appetizer, six main courses, rice, naan and one dessert.
I have eaten the real deal in India and had little luck finding a place to satisfy my cravings locally … until I dined at Royal Aroma.
My friends and I started with an order of chicken pakora, a traditional snack that is similar to chicken nuggets but with more spice. We dipped the flavorful morsels in refreshing mint chutney and sweet chili dip.
I am partial to the combo of sweet and savory, so I chose one of my favorite classics, chicken mango curry, and peshwari naan (flatbread with raisins, coconut and sliced almonds). Before the owner walked to the kitchen, I made a split-second decision to add an order of bhindi masala (sautéed okra in a curried tomato salsa) — after all, Indian food makes for tasty leftovers.
I could have eaten every drop of the mango curry sauce with a spoon — actually, I did when I was too full to dunk anymore naan. But the most pleasant surprise was the bhindi masala. The okra was definitely fresh (rather than frozen or canned) and cooked through, without becoming slimy or mushy.
I rang the brass bell by the exit, signalling that I was leaving a happy customer. I went home with enough food for lunch the next day, plus another order of each dish for my husband because I wasn’t willing to share.