Indian Food News
Indian restaurant with novel twist on a wrap to make Texas debut in Dallas
A restaurant dedicated to a unique Indian street food is coming to Dallas. Called The Kati Roll Company, it specializes in kati rolls, a wrap-type item filled with skewered meats and topped with chutney.
The restaurant will open in downtown Dallas at 1322 Elm St., on the ground floor of a parking building across the street from The National.
According to a spokesperson, the restaurant will open in the spring.
Kati rolls are from Kolkata, a city on the eastern-most side of India, like a wrap made with buttery Indian paratha flatbread, filled with skewered meats, and topped with chutneys and spices.
The concept was founded by Payal Saha, a native of Kolkata who moved to New York and missed the signature dish of her hometown. Partnered with her husband Anil Bathwal, executive chef and former advertising executive, she opened the first location in 2002 Greenwich Village.
They've since opened four more locations in Manhattan - World Trade, Midtown East, Midtown West - plus one in London. Dallas will be in heady company.
The concept keeps it simple, focusing on the signature kati rolls, plus lassis - the Indian yogurt–based beverage with a smoothie-like consistency - and chips made daily by hand.
The rolls can be ordered with choice of flatbreads: the traditional Paratha, layered and lightly fried on a cast iron griddle; or Roti, made from whole durum wheat, rolled and roasted on a grill or griddle. The Roti is also vegan.
Filling options include:
- Aloo Masala roll - Mashed potato patty with tomatoes, green peppers, and spices
- Chana Masala Roll - Chick peas with tomatoes, fenugreek, and blackening spices
- Shami Kabab Roll - Minced lamb & lentil croquette, with aromatic herbs & spices
The rolls come with lime–cilantro chutney (which they make daily, chopping the cilantro by hand) and a medley of onions - fresh, sauteed, and pickled.
They use halal meats which they marinate daily in-house and their lassis are made from housemade organic yogurt.
They also offer momos, the Indo-Tibetan dumplings, steamed or pan-fried. with a choice of chicken or vegan cabbage filling, served with a trio of sauces (spicy red chili, tomato sesame, and soy vinegar).
The choice of Dallas location in the thick of the Central Business District aligns with the company model: All of the other locations are situated in downtown worker neighborhoods, reinforced by the mostly daytime hours they keep, closing between 6 and 8 pm.