Orange >Restaurants > The Rupee Room
1170 North Tustin Ave., Orange, CA | Directions 9286733.807161 -117.835928
Fri & Sat 5:30-11:00pm
Weak Drinks, Boring atmosphere – The place has a culture gap and I am 23, wanting to drink a Mango Martini and it was weak and sugary. Its very traditional and authentic. I told them I didn't like it; lucky I didn't have to pay $10 dollars for it. The waiter asked My boyfriend and I if we wanted spicy or mild, we picked mild and the food was so blan. Make sure to order spicy. Order wine, there isn't exactly the hippest bar.
AMAZING!!!! A MUST TRY!!! – I had heard a lot about the authentic indian food at the Rupee Room from numerous friends who absolutely raved about the place so me and a few family members decided to try it. Needleess to say not one of us was disappointed. From the moment we walked in the waiters were extremely attentive. The food was delicious and the atomosphere was amazing. We even met the owner and were impressed by how friendly he was and mingled with everyone although obviously very busy. We're definately going back!!!!!
Go for bad service and cold takeout – On May 10, 2008, I placed a take-out order with Rupee Room (I had eaten there two or three times previously). I called at around 7:45pm and was told my order would be ready in twenty minutes. When I got there, there were 2 other tables with a few diners; not a single other person came in or called during the next 45 minutes as I waited for my order. So ...not exactly busy.
First I was told by the waiter that he didn't even have my order; then he found it and said it would be "a few minutes." I sat by a chair by the door and waited. And waited. And waited. After asking again about my order, he and another person (perhaps the owner or manager) scurried around in the back, eventually coming out with the order (which was missing the raita).
When I got home and opened the food, I was appalled. It was clear the food had been ready LONG before, and neither the waiter nor the "person in charge"there that night had cared in the least to get that food out to me quickly. The nan bread was cool and soggy. The sauce the lamb was in had separated, forming a murky, oily orange pool. The tandoor mixed grill was cold.
Now here comes the terrible integrity part. I wrote the owner a letter and explained what had happened ... how on a night with virtually NO customers, they had let a customer's take out order sit in the back and get cold, then when pressed,had finally packaged it up and served it as though it were really in any shape to be eaten. And the owner, as of June 22, 2008, has never responded. No call, no letter, no apology.
It's apparent to me that their lack of concern with the dinginess (dirtiness, really) of their restaurant furniture is expressive of their lack of interest in customer service or quality preparation. And to actually serve food that had esentially gone cold as the waiter amused himself watching TV and the owner/manager sat around talking on a cell phone ... well, that's not a restaurant I ever will patronize again.
The general population loves it. Haters will always hate. – I had my wedding catered by Rupee Room in May 2007. Of course I didn't get to eat anything that night as I was being pushed and pulled from guest to guest. You know what I mean...
When it was all said and done people were still talking about the food. We had guests that were the traditional Indians, the progressive Indians, 2nd generation Indians (like me), white, all types of asians, black, hispanic and pretty much the gamut of racial diversity. Everyone said it was the best indian food they've ever had. I wish I could have had some.
We're going back tonight for my mother in law's birthday. I'll let you know what happens.
Best Indian Food / Catering anywhere – I had a huge party at my house and the Inidan party planner recommended this place and I was blown away. They were far superior to any Indain I have eaten in OC. I will be making the trek there to eat at the restaurant as soon as I can.
Good... Not The Best – Just got back from a late night dinner with my husband from the rupee room. There was a banquet going on in the other room but wasn't very distracting. The food was pretty good but not the best or authentic there is out there. The fountains were pretty as others have mentioned but the chairs are very odd. Food came quickly and our waiter was extremely attentive. The shrimp biryani was plentiful with lots of shrimp and we had over 1/2 left over. When they packaged up our food to go, it came in plastic containers with lids instead of the standard styrophone. It definitely is going to make me want to eat the leftovers. A little pricey but you pay for fancy dishes and atmosphere. Shopping center it is in seemed pretty dated.
Horrible food and Service - New owner – I returned to this restaurant after about a year and a half. The food doesnt look and taste the same atall. We ordered a naan assortment basket and got all plain naan, with a small wedge of onion naan and half a garlic naan. I guess the new owner is cheap and cant let go of an onion and a few garlic cloves. When we questioned the waiter we were told, this is how they serve it maybe we are "confused". The Chicken Makhani was watered down, and the Malai Kofta was cooked in the Makhani sauce. I guess the chef needs some cooking lessons. The Malai Kofta is supposed to be mixed vege dumplings, but this chef made it solely out of potatoes. Cheapsters. The waiters just smile and walk away when u ask them something. We waited 20 minutes for water and another 15 minutes for our order to be taken. Guys, there are better options out there. We were going to hold a banquet here, good lords no.....
Modern Indian Fusion in the OC!!! – In the mood for something spicy, exotic and tasty? Then Rupee Room is for you. This hidden treasure tucked away in the heart of OC won't be hidden for much longer. The stylish ambience adds to the experience of fine, yet affordable indian and thai cuisine. Its the perfect blend of spices and flavors. I highly recommend the "bread basket", a mixture of the best indian breads on the menu. Also the "daal", a creamy lentil dish, is a must have.
The New Standard for Indian Dining- Until new owner came – I have been forced to revise my prior review. Though the restuarant initially was one of my favorites, it is now a very typical indian restaurant without any imagination and very average food.
The restaurant hasa banquet hall, but otherwise does not seperate itself in any way from any other Indian restuarant.
Oh well....I guess the time for a great Indian Fusion restaurant in Orange County has not arrived
My Rupeetini – Order either the Lychee martini or the Mangotini you cannot go wrong. I went there with a group of friends and just ate the entire tandoor selection and tried some mango chicken. The server helped us with selecting the best combinations of thai and indian, the place is a notch above every other place, especially the delicious food.
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