RICKSHA, a streetside tandoor cafe by Cyril and Pierre Addison, is inspired by Cyril’s mom’s recipes and the Indian food he grew up with. The restaurateur couple is known as for their role as partners at Gallery by Chele and for their fine taste in food and drinks as well. Make sure to visit when you are in the Kapitolyo, Pasig area, and here’s what you can expect at Ricksha. RICKSHA STREETSIDE TANDOOR 23 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig Mobile: +63 917 637-2113 Open Daily 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Facebook: Ricksha Streetside Tandoor Instagram: @rickshastreetsidetandoor
First Things First Facade. The colorful signage attracts you to this neighborhood shop next to the OG location of Poco Deli in Kapitolyo. Ambiance. It’s like eating in an Indian eatery but with a hip teenage Indian vibe. Tandoor. Cyril showing off his tandoor oven, which gives the unique flavor you’ll come back for. Menu: Expect Indian food that you would expect in the streets of India with a modern Indian interpretation. Chaat, Pani Puri, Streetside Snacks, Dhal & Soup, Maggi Noodles, Dosa | Curry in a Hurry, Grilled Tandoor Plates, Dum Biryani, Breads, Sides | Sweets, Drink, Alcoholic Drinks, Beers, Spirits Streetside Snacks Order this puffed crisp rice to snack on and get you in an Indian street vibe while you wait for your tandoor dishes to be served. This was as authentic as you could get in the Kapitolyo neighborhood. It was good for merienda but a bit heavy as an appetizer.
Salad Bowls Chickpeas mixed with weird flavors: sourness from green mango, refreshing coconut flavor with a hint of curries, onions. Nice!
Dosa Indian pancake for breakfast? I’m not used to this kind of flavors. You can skip this. Yes! An Indian restaurant with a mean Indian-inspired G&T to start the meal.
Curry in a Hurry The curries were the best. You can start with a simple cheese, spinach curry—good to share for 2 persons. Our favorite—reminded us of kalderetang kambing but better Indian curry version with chili and yogurt. Our new fav at Ricksha—a spicy lamb curry with deep flavors of Indian spices paired served with hand-rolled paratha (extra +2 please).
Dum Biryani A signature dish of biryani rice served in a clay pot covered with bread, so the rice absorbed the flavors of chicken, raisins, onions.
Grilled Tandoor Plates A generous serving of USDA steak with Indian spices served with biryani rice, parol crisps and sauce of raitha and mom’s curry.
Dessert A bit sweet but a good drink to counter the spices and to clean the palate with yogurt taste. If you want to indulge like a kid, go for the Indian Halo-Halo with extra sweet Indian ice cream.
Final Thoughts Overall, it’s a refreshing take on Indian street food served in a fast-casual format in the Kapitolyo neighborhood. I love the fine home-tasting quality of the Indian food with stories of Cyril’s childhood and his mom’s recipes. They should write more about the stories of the dishes on the menu to provide context and inspire appreciation of the food while waiting. Will go back here for the curries (Palak Paneer, Roghan Josh, Lamb Vindaloo); tandoor dishes (USDA Hangar Steak); chicken biryani and, of course, the Indian G&T! Budget about ₱500/head. Best to go with a group to share more dishes. Congratulations to Cyril and Pierre Addison for the awesome Ricksha Tandoor concept in the Kapitolyo neighborhood! RICKSHA STREETSIDE TANDOOR 23 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig Mobile: +63 917 637-2113 Open Daily 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Facebook: Ricksha Streetside Tandoor Instagram: @rickshastreetsidetandoor Live an Awesome Life, Founder, Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We visited twice, the first time courtesy of Cyril and the second on a lunch date with my wife. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights. P.S. Watch out for the peeping eyes watching you pee in the restroom.