When you cross India with a Burrito, Inito is what you get. Known as the home of the “Roti Roll,” this colorful joint near Liverpool Street has essentially revolutionized the concept of Indian Dining. When you think of Indian food you think, heavy, creamy, aromatic (some people think smelly), expensive, and that which is typically consumed as part of a somewhat elegant, evening affair. It’s taste though, is its strong point. I love it. The world loves it. But how do you just extract that taste bit and transform it into a light, healthy, anywhere/anytime kind of food?
Inito’s Roti Roll is one way. Their Tandoori Mushroom Salad Bowl is another. Their aloo paapdi chaat and spicy cassava fries are three and four- though not quite healthy. I was clearly was a hungry beast when I went (Just kidding, I broke my no-repeat rule for restaurants and will tell you why at the end).
I got the paneer roll, which had a generous amount of soft, tandoori spice infused paneer, sautéed bell peppers, mint rice, channa masala, mixed green herb chutney, and light and refreshing cumin raita. It’s basically similar to the Chipotle setup where you choose your format (roll, bowl, Biryani, or curry), after which you pick a protein, rice type, bean type, and sauces- only for the lunch though. Dinner is another story altogether, for which there will have to be a part II post.
But anyway… I am all for the Roti part of the roll, since it’s healthy- not laden with all-purpose flour and oil like Kati Rolls, which use parathas. The only issue is, compared to paratha, the roti feels dry. The above fillings though were nice and juicy, with the raita and chutney, which make up for it. Texture variation kept the roll interesting and delicious: you get a good crunch from the veggies, heartiness from the channa and paneer, and a tangy punch from the sauces. The subtly flavored rice lets you notice and savor the main ingredients and spices, while adding to the substance. And…it’s huge! Puts all other rolls I’ve had to shame.
The Tandoori Mushroom bowl is my absolute favorite item here (which I tried on another visit)- and you know something’s gotta be good when you reach for your prized sketch pad of all things, to scribble down all the thoughts that fill you along with each bite. I suppose wasting that paper was warranted, given that I demolished the entire bowl after being intimidated by its size and offering my friend to split it. The tandoori mushrooms unmistakably were the highlight, providing a smoked kick throughout. The fresh tomatoes, salt-and-pepper rubbed cucumbers, and cumin raita added a cooling touch, while the baby spinach, onions and peppers, and tomato rice added bulk and balance. No hands getting dirty, no stomachs feeling guilty, and best of all, it’s 5.5 £. And that friends, is why I broke my no-repeat rule.
When I wanted something more on the YOLO meal end of the spectrum, I tried the paapdi chaat and cassava fries. The chaat was on point- enough puri that maintained crispiness even under the yogurt. Chutneys and spices were just right too. They could have gone easier on the potatoes to lighten up the dish, since chaat supposed to be a light snack consumed before the main course. The cassava fries were on fire (in a good way) with the fresh green chili atop whatever tandoori sauce was drizzled over them. It didn’t taste fried, which was a plus-it almost had a roasted feel to them, which lent it to be just a tad dry. I guess that’s cassava though by very nature, unless you’re willing to add more oil. It’s crispiness is difficult to nail, but I’d say Inito has handled that exceptionally well.
There are few places I’ve seen that meet lunch budgets, health requirements, and taste expectations. The vibrant colors, dangling filament bulbs, and new age rustic look makes for a great ambiance. The staff is friendly too- didn’t feel the slightest bit awkward that I sat awhile after my meal to do some work (yes there is wifi! New York needs to catch up with London). Overall, The ChefspeRITIC would say…an 8.5/10.