This review was submitted by suburban field reporter Lila Colello of Flakely Gluten-Free French Pastry.
From the moment that you walk into this industrial kaleidoscope of colors and wonderful smells… you know you’ve entered a different kind of Indian restaurant.
One of their mottos is ‘Life’s Too Short to Eat Boring’ which is etched on a display in the restaurant. They are totally spot-on with that; you’re in the right place for non-boring eats at Choolaah.
A feast for the eyes is also in store (and sure to be a new family treat) as you can watch their well-trained staff make fresh Naan in the gigantic Tandoor ovens encased behind glass…
…each marked with the name of an amazing woman in history! A nice touch, for sure.
This modern take on classic Indian cuisine is fun, fast, and fresh, with an emphasis on food with good Karma; sustainably raised salmon from the Faroe Islands and cage-free chickens from Bell & Evans, for example. Only the best ingredients for maximum yum and good feeling.
They blend their own spice blends… they take care with every ingredient used. They even taught an Amish family how to produce their family’s age-old recipe for Paneer (hand-made farmers cheese), using the fresh milk from their Ohio farm, just to serve at their 4 locations.
They follow a familiar quick serve rule: first choose your protein and then your base. Choose one of their Tandoor kissed BBQ bowls like: Chicken BBQ, Lamb, Salmon, Paneer or Veggie Croquettes.
There is something for everyone here. Whether you enjoy your sauces volcano strength or mild, yet flavorful… or perhaps you are a carnivore, vegetarian or gluten-free. Choolah has something that is bound to please your senses… and your appetite.
Their Mango Lassi was the best I’ve ever had; made with fresh mango juice and thick, smooth yogurt!
My favorite dish was the Salmon BBQ Bowl with basmati rice. Flaky, perfectly cooked salmon, seasoned to perfection as well. I could eat this dish every day.
They even make their own Kulfi – which is an all-natural Indian-style ice cream, much denser than western ice cream. It’s a smooth, rich refreshing frozen treat. They have two flavors: Malai and Mango.
You could tell with every detail that went into their restaurant design and every ingredient in each dish, The folks at Choolah care deeply about what they do and are here to joyously share the experience. I cannot wait to return for more!
The Doyenne of Dining in Philadelphia and South Jersey.