Cuisine Type: Indian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Chicken tikka masala
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Many Indian restaurants serve dishes that might seem quite spicy to an American palate. With its various vindaloo and curry dishes, Shalimar Cuisine of India is no exception. But Shalimar's chefs don't want to leave customers searching frantically for a frozen flagpole to lick, so they whip up a variety of homemade drinks to cool off tongues. These include a sparkling lemonade ginger soda, a sweet and a salty yogurt lassi, and a refreshing mint ice tea. Additionally, they can adjust the spice levels in all of their dishes to accommodate mouths.
Born and raised in New Delhi, Chef Sabherwal has spent more than two decades perfecting the art of integrating centuries-old Mughlai cuisine into a modern culinary aesthetic. He's practiced his craft in kitchens all over the world, to the delight of many distinguished diners. With such an esteemed talent behind the tandoor, it's no surprise that his current professional home derives its name from the Hindi word for "chef." Past the giant bay windows waits a wonderland of Northern Indian delicacies, such as specialty chicken pakora deep-fried with chickpea dough, and Punjabi missi roti??a tangy, pancake-like dish served with onion chili salad.
The Indian Kitchen's extensive menu of authentic Indian fare transports palates to across the globe with delicious curry, creamy paneer, and juicy tandoori-roasted meat. Carefully selected spices infuse the air with rich aromas, nurturing bodies with ancient Ayurvedic seasoning techniques designed to balance the metabolism and cause temporary invisibility. Meals of savory lamb, chicken, and beef immerse tongues in meaty flavor, whereas ample vegetarian options pepper taste buds with a medley of tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, and greens. In addition to chowing down on an impressive array of mouthwatering entrees, guests supplement Indian feasts with warm flatbreads fresh from the clay oven, refreshing chutneys, and a lineup of Indian beers, chais, and yogurt-based lassi drinks.
As diners are ushered through Flavor of India's resplendent gold-and-violet veranda, a cheerful greeting of "Namaste" sets the tone for an evening of monarch-level hospitality. The palace-like surroundings make suitable stage for a menu that draws on influence from all over India, attracting a high-profile clientele that includes Keanu Reeves, Jessica Alba, Nicolas Cage, and Curry Monster from Sesame Street. Vegetarian entrees stuff bellies with tofu, eggplant, and paneer, though servers also plate meat-laden curries and vindaloos. Chef and co-owner Darshan Singh also shares his culinary knowledge by leading do-it-yourself cooking classes for curry-smiths of all skill levels.
In an opulent, Eastern-inspired dining room that steeps in the scents of intoxicating spices, Nirvana blends classic Indian cuisine with the sophistication of Beverly Hills. Chefs call on both traditional Indian grilling methods and the excitement of new flavors to prepare an assortment of unusual dishes, ranging from unique curries and tandoori breads to whole legs of lamb marinated in Indian rum and spices. Beyond the vibrant mural and white booths of the dining room, the lounge and bar lure patrons in with the comfort of canopied beds, damask sofas, and the tranquil gaze of a giant Buddha's head. A flowing river—sealed with glass to protect feet from above and seafood escapees from below—runs along the floor and leads guests through each of the restaurant's distinct areas.