The aromas of curry and spices draw passersby into Jolly's Indian Bistro, where flickering candles and ambient music create an intimate atmosphere. In the kitchen, Chef Jolly Kumar, who learned to cook from local dhaba chefs during his childhood in New Delhi, prepares fragrant masalas and meaty kebabs in a traditional tandoor oven. Bartenders concoct tropical beverages and pour sweet wines to complement Chef Kumar's spicy sauces, fresh chutneys, and savoury paneer, which were showcased in Vancouver 24 Hour. Ornate iron sconces cast shadows across colourful ceiling drapes and floral, latticed wall panels, providing elegant surroundings to match the refined flavours of Kumar's upscale Indian cuisine.
Boondockers Restaurant was a Snohomish County favorite for decades, thanks to its classic burgers, fries, and milk shakes. So after buying the restaurant, the Bala family made sure to continue serving juicy burgers and old-fashioned ice-cream shakes while also giving the menu a new twist—a sidebar of carefully curated Indian and Pakistani fare.
Originally from India, the Bala family flavors favorite recipes with vibrant spices, yielding savory curries, kebabs, and samosas cooked to perfection. In addition to a full lunch and dinner menu, sweet and savory breakfast fare can be enjoyed with mimosas until 2 p.m., when the champagne flutes turn back into plastic sippy cups till the next morning.
Fusing traditional Indian culinary traditions with modern environmental responsibility, the chefs at Vatika Indian Cuisine simmer and roast a menu of classic Indian meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Diners choose from meat and vegetarian-friendly meals that include tandoor-cooked lamb kebabs, creamy malai kofta, and spicy vindaloo curry. Most dishes pair easily with slivers of warm naan bread, which guests can use to scoop up morsels of food as their eyes rove over the dining-room decor, which, like the restaurant's cuisine, fuses traditional Indian style with contemporary sensibilities.
Kalia Indian Cuisine seamlessly blends delicious taste with healthy eating, preparing curries, tandoori meats, dahls, and housemade paneer with vegetable oils and without MSG. For those uninitiated with the Southeast Asian offerings, friendly servers can help diners navigate the extensive bill of fare or suggest Indian beers and wine pairings to match with vegetable biryanis and shrimp curries. Fluffy naan, which can be stuffed with chicken, onions, potatoes, and herbs, helps diners scoop up tender morsels of tandoor-cooked turkey, lamb, and chicken. Once per month, belly dancers visit both the Greenwood and Lynnwood locations, whirling and swirling as diners finish off meals with sweet gulab juman dumplings or mango lassi smoothies.
Meals at The Spice Jammer come to your table in one of four ways: mild, medium, hot, or extra hot. True to its name, the restaurant won't skimp on the spice in its East African-style Indian cuisine, but it can also accommodate guests with more sensitive palates or irrational grudges against turmeric. The menu emphasizes home-style cooking methods, with chefs roasting meats in a traditional tandoori oven or simmering them in zesty gravies. Plates of prawns, chicken, and lamb follow openers of samosas or stuffed naan, and vegetarian curries pack equal amounts of flavour into meat-free morsels of spinach, peas, and potatoes. Inside the dining room, the leafy fronds of tall, decorative plants offset the warmth of red and cream-coloured walls.
The regal Victoria Harbour resort made the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List as a reader-selected favourite, with the opulent 1908 Edwardian estate boasting more than 450 luxury guest rooms and suites with glorious views of the city, the harbour, the Fairmont courtyard, and roving ghost jug bands. Enjoy a one-night rendezvous for up to two people in any of the hotel's elegantly designed Fairmont rooms (a $299 value on average), palatial chambers furnished with either a king bed, a queen bed, two double beds, or two twin beds—all ideal for couples in need of a romantic overnight retreat away from the howls of the neighbour's pet yak. Each spacious room features a sofa- or armchair-furnished sitting area and a stylishly designed bathroom.