The chefs at India Express have a few tricks up their sleeves. For starters, they often put their ingredients through more than one preparation method, yielding juicy and flavorful results. When it comes to chicken and duck, they often first get a dip in yogurt and spices before acquiring a delectable sear inside the restaurant’s blazing clay tandoor oven. For many recipes, lamb and shrimp complete the cooking process in a curry sauce or tomato cream sauce. It’s this care for the details—along with fluffy naan with a variety of stuffings—that make India Express’s food memorable. For convenience, the Indian restaurant also delivers to a number of Denver areas and its online ordering system is a swift alternative for people who have trouble dialing out on their hamburger phones.
As pioneers in the Boulder culinary scene, Royal Clay Oven's chefs have been creating traditional Indian cuisine since 1982. They still cling to those traditions today, preparing dishes from different regions that best exemplify the flavors found in refined Indian home cooking. The chefs embrace classic techniques by forging rich curries and roasting skewered meats and seafood inside a clay tandoor oven, but they also put a modern spin on their cooking by using local ingredients whenever possible. Their menu also features a large number of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly options, including dishes made with homemade cheese or lentils simmered with exotic spices.
With a menu that's earned the restaurant four wins for Best Indian on CityVoter's A-List since 2007, Little India is the product of Simeran Baidwan's passion for native cooking. At the original outpost on Sixth Avenue and a newer location on Downing Street, fresh ingredients and scratch-made sauces combine to form house favorites such as lamb korma, chicken tikka masala, and shrimp vindaloo. A roster of tandoor-fired meats take on the smoky flavor of the oven's mesquite charcoal, and sides of fresh-baked naan arrive unadorned, sprinkled with garlic, or stuffed with onions and spices. Meals unfold in dining rooms adorned with sleek seating arrangements, festive Indian artwork, and illuminated bar displays that depict the ancient creation myth of the gin and tonic.
Saucy Bombay solves cravings for Indian food, fast. While at the eatery's food-court location, guests pick out their favorites cafeteria-style, starting with chicken, steak, lamb, vegetables, or garbanzo, then picking a sauce. The flavorful concoction might be a mild yellow lentil or a spicy tikka masala, guaranteed to make one roar cartoon flames. Diners can keep their plates traditional with a bed of basmati rice, or get everything rolled into a grilled wrap.
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.
Kathmandu Kitchen, named after the capital city and urban center of Nepal, is a hub for South Asian cuisine in a town nearly halfway around the world. The chefs aim to help guests discover new favorite dishes, from familiar-but-different chicken wings, charbroiled after being marinated in Nepali spices, to distinctly indian stews such as dal mahkani, a rich blend of black lentils, ginger, garlic, and herbs. Lamb, chicken, shrimp, and fish also play important roles on the menu, available doused in curry, stewed in spiced cashew gravy, or baked in a clay oven until tender, smoky, and hot enough to melt the smirk off of a snowman’s face.
For diners who are unfamiliar with the cuisines of Nepal and India, the friendly servers take pride in explaining dishes and offering recommendations. To further enhance the eating-out experience, Kathmandu Kitchen occasionally hosts live musical events.