The chefs of Taste of India 2 began their careers in Northern India, an area supplies the inspiration for their menu of authentic Indian cuisine. Using fresh ingredients, they craft curries with daily-cut veggies and delectable pieces of chicken, beef, and lamb. Within an atmosphere infused with Indian art and music, patrons can select dishes that include halal meat, gluten-free, and vegan options.
For the past 18 years, the chefs at India Palace have been making their northern Indian food burst with flavor rather than an overly spicy kick. To do so, they harness traditional spices such as anise seed, cardamom, and turmeric to concoct their aromatic curries, vegetarian entrees, and gluten-free dishes from scratch. They can customize each of their biryani and masala entrees to individuals' preferred levels of heat and sentience, and they diligently bake naan in a clay oven to sop up every last drop of vindaloo sauce. India Palace also offers an expansive lunch buffet that brims with traditional Indian morsels.
Sri Lankan culture incorporates distinctive southern Asian roots along with influences from the various European nations that have ruled it. As a result, the cuisine typically features a mélange of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Malaysian flavors. At Curry Leaf, Lana Hillstrom remains true to the flavors of her native Sri Lanka, filling the menu with her country's eclectic cuisine. Chickpeas, pork, and sliced mango simmer in aromatic curry, distinguished from familiar Thai or Indian versions by a signature powder that uses 21 fragrant ingredients, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The rest of the menu includes Sri Lankan interpretations of Asian standards such as chicken tikka, fried rice, and mulligatawny soup.
Channeling the same vivaciousness as the menu, the dining room bursts with color from its sunshine-yellow walls, draped with leafy foliage and imported Sri Lankan rainbows. Framed pictures and woodwork also adorn the walls, and a rocking chair and a stately armchair add to the room's homey ambiance.
The locally lauded by both the Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Independent as "The Best of the Spring" for 2011 and 2012, chefs at Mirch Masala aren’t afraid of the extra work it takes to make a menu of authentic Indian cuisine. They make their own paneer cheese in-house and constantly keep the fire stoked in a clay tandoor oven to bake yogurt-marinated lamb chops, chicken, mixed grill, and banana splits, as well as fluffy naan stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Diners with delicate palates can customize the spice level of any dish. Mirch Masala's servers also deliver beer, wine, and mixed drinks such as the Mango Margarita and Slumdog Millionaire cocktails to tables in addition to mango lassis or indian chai with milk.