By RUDRANI CHATTERJEE
Yogi’s Indian Market and Cafe is the place to be if you love Indian food, where you won’t find a buffet or a large and overwhelming menu.
It’s a family-run business that takes its cuisine to another level. The restaurant, located at 2537 N. Stone Ave. just north of Grant Road, has been delighting customers since it opened last summer.
Satye Bhati, the owner, said “I really felt that Tucson lacked a proper Indian grocery store and Indian food options.”
Many of the dishes are gluten free and it doesn’t stop there. Yogi’s is the only restaurant in Tucson that serves up Indian street food, such as Pani Poori, Bhel Poori and Nepalese Momos.
“We always test our food before putting it out,” Bhati said.
They also make fresh roti daily that can be purchased in bulk to take home or enjoyed alongside your meal. The menu is categorized mainly in three sections: vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Yogi’s also has daily specials listed on their menu board, made with the same fresh produce that they sell in their market.
Unlike many other Indian restaurants, Yogi’s prides itself in serving up dishes in a health conscious manner, giving diners the options to choose brown rice and limiting the use of heavy cream. Bhati mentions “Unlike many Indian restaurants, we do not use heavy cream in our spinach dish known as Palak Paneer.”
Forget about paying $10 for Tikka Masala along with another $2 for rice; dishes at Yogi’s rarely exceed $7.99, and the best part is, rice is always included.
I couldn’t help noticing the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness of the restaurant and the amazing options in the market. The goods sold range from produce and spices to cookware.
There’s plenty of parking in the rear of the restaurant as well as free Wi-Fi.
Prashad Verma and wife Anju came from Rio Rico to check out Yogi’s wide variety of products. “This is our first time here, and they have a good selection,” Prashad Verma said.
The couple initially came to buy groceries but also decided to check out the restaurant’s menu while they were there.
Bhati hopes to experiment with adding south Indian dishes such as Dosas to the menu in the future, and I just can’t wait for what this restaurant come