The chefs at Tajmahal Indian Restaurant serve up traditional cuisine forged from fresh ingredients and halal meats. Curries come in both mild and spicy varieties, and vegetarian options showcase homemade paneer cheese, lentils, and cauliflower. The kids? menu offers up miniature dosa crepes and chicken nuggets, and the drink list boasts Indian beers, domestic suds, and wines by the glass.
Bombay Masala specializes in northern and southern Indian cuisine, but also features a tasty selection of Indo-Chinese items. The menu presents an expansive assortment of vegetarian treats, such as vegetable samosas ($3.99), vegetable maakhani ($9.99), and paneer pakora ($5.99). Meaty options include chicken tikka masala ($11.99) and tandoori mixed grill ($14.99), a bountiful booty of tandoori chicken and shrimp, sheekh kebab, malai kebab, and chicken tikka. Pancake-craving customers can try a dosa ($5.99+), a massive Indian-style crepe made from rice flour and lentils, big enough to cover judgmental busts of Tom Selleck. Shrimp chow mein ($13.99) and Szechuan fried rice ($6.99) are examples of the eatery's geography-straddling savories. Soothe spice-battered tongues with a mango lassi ($3.99) or bowl of rose-flavored ice cream that is so fragrant that single bumblebees will line up down the block to court your mouth ($2.99).
Master Chef Rudolph Matthews adores the cuisine from his hometown so much, he just can't stop making it. He's passed down this fever to his sons as well. At A Taste of the Island Restaurant, his sons Kevin and Dashaan assist Chef Matthews in dishing up authentic Jamaican food. They make dishes such as curry goat and brown stew chicken fresh every day, not photocopied from a photocopy. One specialty, the jerk chicken, gets soaked in traditional spices before being flame-grilled.