Shimmering fabrics, peacock feathers, and elephant statues adorn Tandoori Gardens' gold and ruby dining room, where the invigorating scent of Indian cuisine wafts amid white-clothed tables to appease diners' awaiting senses. The restaurant's namesake tandoor, a traditional clay oven, scorches marinated morsels of chicken, lamb, and shrimp to lock in their savory juices and unmask ice-cube impostors as diverse Indian spices merge to form saucy curries, steamy rice dishes, and a range of vegetarian-friendly fare. Patrons can scoop creamy sauces with freshly baked naan in the comfort of the interior dining room, or savor the sunlight in cushiony seating on the outdoor patio.
195 Downtown Grill, a sports bar split into a separate lounge and restaurant, showcases a playful vibe enhanced by authentic Spanish artwork and menus of comfort fare and spirited cocktails. Dining duos can whet their appetites on the outdoor patio as alcohol alchemists dress mojitos with fresh mint leaves or climb step-stools to concoct top-shelf margaritas from Corzo Reposado tequila and house-made sweet and sour mix. Guests can set palates sailing for undiscovered food territories with appetizers such as a trio of sliders or homemade shrimp ceviche before diving mouth-first into an entree of mexican meatloaf with chipotle ketchup or a smoked tri tip sandwich smothered in barbecue sauce. 195 Downtown Grill jam-packs their entertainment schedule with seven nights of events including salsa dancing, live bands, DJs, and contests to see who can maintain the most surliness after visiting nearby Disneyland attractions.
Owner and CNN Hero, Bruno Serato, presents diners with variegated menus packed with Italian and seafood entrees prepared under the culinary eye of Executive Chef Eddie Meza. Bob for apples of dough with the gnocchi gorgonzola, with small potato and flour dumplings soaking up the flavor of tomato and gorgonzola sauce ($14.95 lunch; $19.95 dinner). The restaurant's signature dish, brasato piemontese, sports boneless beef short ribs braised in an italian barolo reduction for three hours and topped with a touch of horseradish and a dash of extravagance ($22.95 lunch; $30.50 dinner). Steamed salmon sweetens its style atop belgiun white chocolate mashed-potato purée ($23.95 lunch; $29.95 dinner), and the pesce bianco's sautéed whitefish inherits a spicy attitude by hanging around moroccan couscous and japanese peppers ($17.95 lunch only).
Yellow, green, and red curries bubble slightly in pans, ready to be poured over pieces of pork and shrimp. Nearby, chefs flip teriyaki-glazed salmon filets and barbecue chicken on the grill inside Thai California Kitchen. They also pan-fry noodles and sauté proteins in a variety of dressings including peanut sauce or Thai chili paste.
Chef Luigi and the kitchen magicians at Luigis D Italia import Italian flavors to tongues with a menu of pastas, pizzas, and authentic entrees. Culinary compadres can savor the meeting of meat and grapes in the chianti-braised short ribs ($17) or hoist their forks into orecchiette pasta with house-made italian sausage ($12). When held to anxious ears, stuffed shells fill auditory canals with sounds of the Mediterranean sea and trickles of sauce ($14). White clam pizzas ($14 for small; $17 for large) motivate guests to dive for edible pearls, and meatball sandwiches ($9) cradle succulent spheres in a bready embrace. Diners can accompany meals with a bottled brew or glass of CK Mondavi white zinfandel ($5.95), and desserts (all $5) such as cannoli, tiramisu, and ice-cream tartufos encourage patrons to tap into their second stomachs.