Not too long ago, it would have been normal to find Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers huddled around a table at Cosmic Café. One can only speculate how many films that trio brainstormed while digging into plates of Indian-inspired vegetarian cuisine at the Oak Lawn café, which has earned a reputation as the go-to spot for vegans and vegetarians in Dallas. Though celebrities have brought the café a good deal of hype, few things have changed since the early days. The staff continues to churn out an inspired menu of vegetarian plates, nearly all of which can be made vegan. To complement this health-conscious food, they also lead a series of restorative activities each week. Yoga sessions, for example, help guests achieve peace through breathing, stretching, and learning to block out the smell of the delicious Indian pizzas baking next door.
Wash down curry with some cold lassi at Roti Grill — this Indian eatery is a must-try. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Spend less on dinner when you bring your own drinks — Roti Grill is BYOB. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Roti Grill delightful drink menu. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Roti Grill — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Roti Grill.
The dress code at Roti Grill is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. Or, take your grub to-go. Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Roti Grill for catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Your tab at Roti Grill will usually run to about $30 per guest.
A flavorful restaurant, Taj Express serves spicy Indian fare. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Eat out with the little ones at Taj Express, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. You can also have Taj Express cater your next event.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Taj Express.
It’s obvious that Stephan Pyles has let his travels inspire his menu at Samar: just look at each section’s title. “Inspirations from Spain” features sautéed mushrooms with hazelnuts and valdeon cheese, while “Inspirations from Eastern Mediterranean” serves up small plates of falafel, fattoush salad, and brussels sprouts drizzled with pomegranate molasses. As for Pyles’s “Inspirations from India,” he brought back pan-seared scallops with green coconut curry and lamb biryani with fried shallots. Guests dine on these small plates amid a space decorated with richly colored fabrics, golden lanterns, and custom zebrawood tables. Like the menu, the atmosphere feels authentic thanks to Pyles’s travels: he headed to the Souk El-Hamidiyeh bazaar in Damascus and to markets in Beirut to choose light fixtures and to make sure the rest of the design had the proper aesthetic. The resulting intimate space may even help inspire “samar,” which means late-night conversations among partners, close friends, or two ships passing notes in the night.