The Venue Scottsdale is a chameleon of a building, as ready to effortlessly host an elegant wedding reception as it is to present a comedy show or concert. The 29,000 square-foot, multi-level confines feature an indoor cobblestone courtyard and leaf-covered balconies, offering an outdoorsy ambience without the worry of inclement weather. Upstairs, a ballroom and a VIP lounge welcome private event goers, while a comedy club inspires knock-knock jokes with its own private entrance.
Over the searing hot coals of a traditional clay oven, skewered cubes of meat and veggies retain a tender interior while the heat imbues each morsel with a smoky crust. Discs of dough, pressed against the tandoori's walls, bubble and rise, baking into the signature, fluffy Indian bread known as naan. At Taste of India, the family of chefs craft flavorful, aromatic dishes in this traditional fashion, from tandoori-baked shrimp and chicken to fresh-pressed cheeses and crispy pakoras. During lunch, diners can savor a wide range of these recipes at the buffet, which always features at least three chicken dishes, three vegetable dishes, and one garnish dreaming of someday being mistaken for an entree.
Patrons sip on custom teas at Bubble Island, where staffers mix tapioca balls, or “bubbles,” with milk tea and creative flavors to concoct delightful chilled and hot beverages. Fresh fruit swims in many of the drinks, such as the green tea with mango stars ($3.65), and customers can often choose between bubbles and alternative drink accessories such as jellies and diamond-encrusted straws. As visitors lounge and mingle among the café's ample chairs or construct forts among the cozy benches lining the wall, they sip dulcet pourings of drinkable treats, such as milk tea with multicolored bubbles ($3.65).
The dishes at Pal's Indian Cuisine cull flavors from across the subcontinent and ignite taste buds with the freshest ingredients and a range of exotic spices. Dishes that populate the restaurant's menu include chicken jalfrezi ($11.99), a fowl tenderized with hits from a cricket bat before being tossed with tomatoes and spices, splashed with cream, and drizzled in honey. Geographically diverse lamb entrees are served with steamed rice and include the fiery southern lamb vindaloo ($13.99), basmati-accompanied northern lamb biryani ($14.99), and shahi lamb korma ($13.99), a dish from central India bathed in rare, aromatic spices. Palak paneer ($10.99) fuses homemade cheese and spinach in a savory curry atop a bed of rice, and shrimp tandoori ($12.99) slathers its prawns with a ginger, garlic, and yogurt paste. Pal's full-service lunch buffet ($7.99) rotates its selection of menu items Sunday–Friday, ensuring diners enjoy new flavor combinations and breathe differently hued flames each visit.
LaZeez International Market & Deli culls tastes and trinkets from across the globe to stock its store, deli, and restaurant with distinctive finds. In the Indian eatery, tandoor-style ovens unfurl to crown plates with marinated meats and naan bread as cauliflower, potatoes, and paneer mingle to forge a slate of meat-free dishes. A children's menu offers pint-size American dishes for hungry kids and picky founding fathers, and many dishes can be bundled to go from the in-house deli. The international market takes a more global approach by stocking grocery and gift items hailing from countries such as China, Greece, and Brazil to let shoppers bring their own piece of foreign flair home via unique spices, drinks, apparel, and incense.