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.
For Chef Shahzad at Caravan Kebab, his food reflects his life experiences. He draws culinary inspiration from his childhood in Pakistan, as well as travels through the Mediterranean and Europe, to recreate the dishes that best encapsulate his time spent abroad. Using spices as varied as green chilies, coriander, and paprika, he conjures aromatic dishes filled with locally-sourced produce that still manage to span the globe. Curries such as the chili chicken come in mild and spicy varieties and halal meats comprise the Mediterranean kebabs. And due to the variety of this menu, Chef Shahzad can easily accommodate those looking for vegetarian and gluten-free options.
In 1997, Chef Muhammad Uddin took over a failing Indian eatery with dreams of turning it into something more. After closing to remodel the dining room and overhaul the menu, he threw open the doors of the new restaurant, which he renamed Bengal Tiger Cuisine of India. By 2009, it had grown such a large following that Chef Uddin moved to a bigger location with ample seating, a full bar, and space for servers to practice their plate-spinning acts on breaks.
Though the warm-colored decor and friendly service are a draw, the real key to Bengal Tiger's appeal is the food. Chef Uddin and his team rely on fresh spices and lean-cut meats to flavor recipes from across India—from the madras curry inspired by the city of Chennai to the vindaloo dish that originated in Goa. Though Bengal Tiger's menu is à la carte, servers spread out a smorgasbord of entrees during the Chef’s Special dinner buffet, which, like games in the world's least active football league, occurs on the last Sunday of every month.
For more than 10 years, the owners of Royal India Restaurant have enriched diners' taste buds with exotic sauces and potent curries. At both their Kirkland and Lynwood locations, cooks simmer prawns, lamb, and other proteins in curries sweetened by mango or pomegranate, bake marinated meats in a clay tandoor oven, and infuse housemade yogurt with cucumbers to make cooling raita sauce. Vegetarians can nosh on entrees such as chana saag—a dish of creamy spinach, garbanzo beans, and housemade paneer cheese—and sop up sauces with garlic-stuffed naan. As an added convenience, patrons can order online or from their local telegraph office or opt for evening delivery from both locations.
The cuisine of India varies greatly from region to region, yet the chefs at Jewel of India are familiar with it all. They cull inspiration from every corner of the diverse nation, with the resulting menu including sundry vegetarian selections, chicken and lamb curries, tandoori fish, and baked-to-order naan, paratha, and roti breads. Diners may sample a whole swath of dishes by stopping by the lunch buffet, which is just as colorful—and even more thrilling to eat—as the framed Indian artwork lining the restaurant’s walls.
Indian Palace Restaurant features traditional Indian fare where cooks spice dishes to each customer’s taste. Marinated chicken and tender lamb bake in clay ovens and jumbo prawns simmer in mildly spicy curry sauces. Indian chai tea boils with spices and milk, mango lassies combine with yogurt, and a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails from the lounge cleanse palates between bites.