Temptations' accomplished founders and chefs are striving to create the first national Indian food chain in an effort to make fresh, all-natural Indian fare accessible everywhere in the country. The chefs prepare vegan and vegetarian options nightly, such as the bhindi dopiaza's tomato-smattered okra, and clay ovens churn out grilled dishes, such as murg tikka masala or tandoori chicken. Temptations also fills environmentally friendly boxes with portions of its food on college campuses, and the chefs spread their knowledge of Indian cuisine in cooking classes.
Sunlight streaks through large windows in Temptations' dining room as diners scarf down healthy Indian feasts beneath exposed-ductwork ceilings and soft orange lights. Live music fills the air on weekend nights, with sitars, world music, and kazoo symphonies typifying the sounds. Belly dancers have been known to take to the floors as well, captivating patrons with their hypnotizing hip undulations.
Banana Leaf fills its dining room with platefuls of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free Indian meals cooked with fresh spices ground in-house. The juices from 16 curry dishes and seven rice specialties can be mopped from the plate with 10 different Indian breads and washed down with lassi drinks. Banana Leaf’s catering services, which serve small gatherings to weddings with more than 1,000 guests, both please party hosts and literally sustain festive homemakers stuck in a web of their own decorations.
Inside New India Restaurant, chandeliers illuminate plates of enticing Indian fare dusted with spices and herbs, lighting up taste buds with anticipation. Around the dining room, guests dig in to cuts of chicken roasted in a tandoori oven, chick peas tempered with ginger, and thali, a traditional Indian meal of lamb curry and chicken pakora served on a silver platter.
A clay oven, fresh ground spices, and a commitment to authenticity creates taste bud appeal in Venky's culinary creations. The lunch ($5.99-8.99) menu is on active duty weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers a wide variety of combo meal options and more than ten vegetarian entrées. With the strike of the dinner hour gong, the menu extends its hydraulic arms to include 25 appetizers, a selection of house-made Indian breads, and desserts such as the pista kulfi ($2.99), pistachio-flavored Indian ice cream. Commemorate birthdays, bat mitzvahs, and hard-won pickle bowling victories with the chicken dum biryani ($11.99), the traditional Hyderabadi celebration meal and one of Venky's signature dishes. Lamb and seafood also play starring roles, and the rose-flavored milk ($2.99) gives a meal a certain je ne sais naan. Venky's red and orange interiors, soft lighting, and intimate dining room are ideal for evening dates, friendly dinners, and wooing unsuspecting acquaintances in order to pilfer their medical benefits.
Cuisine of India floods palates with vegetarian dishes and meat entrees roasted in a tandoor, a traditional clay oven from Asia's heart-shaped country. Vegetarian curry concoctions such as the potato-and-cauliflower aloogobi coat patrons' innards with a warm layer of onions, tomatoes, and indian spices ($7.99), increasing the bloodstream's spiciness to a level too potent for man-eating yetis. The kebab house is home to many clay-oven-cooked dishes including the specialty, tandoori chicken, spring poultry marinated in punjabi spices and yogurt sauce ($8.99), and fish tikka banjara, boneless mahi-mahi marinated and broiled on a skewer ($11.99). Sop up leftover sauce with an accompaniment of plain naan ($1.50), whole-wheat tandoori roti ($1.95), or vampire-thwarting garlic naan ($2.50).
The talented chefs at Dakshin Indian Bistro dish out tantalizing plates of authentic Indian fare. The appetizer menu promises delightful starters in the rich tradition of Indian street fare, such as the prawn mirchiwala, a piquant sauté of shrimp, chilies, onions, and curry, or the crispy samosa, a portable pastry stuffed with potato and green peas. Like locker combinations or launch codes, the delicious entrees beg to be shared, with poultry- or veggie-based treats including the lentil and tomato dahl tadka or the saucy Hyderabadi chicken curry.