Tamarind offers three locations for your convenience. Whether you are looking for a casual or 'step above' atmosphere, we can offer both for you. Whichever location you choose, you will have the best quality food and great service which we are proud of.
The chefs at Zaiaka draw on their knowledge of 1,000-year-old recipes to fill their menu with authentic Indian dishes, which they say helped earn them a 2012 Readers' Choice Gold Award for Best Ethnic Food from Trib Total Media. They cook vegetarian dishes including palak paneer, house-made cheese cubes and fresh spinach cooked in ground spices, and vegetable biryani, the chef's specialty rice entree. Naan bread baked in the eatery’s clay tandoor pairs with rogan josh, lamb cooked in a gravy of aromatic spices. During dinner, the dining area swells with soft music, which is punctuated with the clink of wineglasses full of beverages brought from home. Like a maitre d’ arriving late to work, the dark tables are draped in white tablecloths, and light flutters across the rich tapestries that cover the walls.
Saffron Patch in the Valley makes Indian cuisine accessible to Akronites?but no less complex or authentic. There are a few intensely spicy dishes on the menu, such as chicken vindaloo and lamb madras, but for the most part there's nothing tongue-searing; kids even get their own menu of mild but not dumbed-down options. Curry powder's more or less an afterthought among the 38 herbs and spices in regular use in Saffron Patch's kitchen. In addition to mesquite-fired, tandoori-baked chicken and lamb, you'll find seafood options such as smoked salmon and mahi mahi. Vegetarians can savor classic dishes such as cubes of paneer cheese in creamy spinach, made by in-house culinary cubists, and charbroiled eggplant.
Both Saffron Patch locations are tucked away into unexpected residential blocks. The excitement of stumbling onto a hidden treasure makes the spaces?decked in low-lit tones of brick red, sunset orange, and, naturally, saffron yellow?feel all the warmer.
Helmed by a head chef who has accrued experience in India and along the East Coast, Mirchi's culinary team forges a menu of traditional, regional eats made with halal meats and fresh ingredients. Soft, fluffy garlic naan and roti made from scratch soak up the delicate yogurt sauces of lamb and goat curries. Indo-Chinese entrees present hakka-style noodles and gobhi manchurian—cauliflower whirled in a tomato-soy sauce. Mirchi’s BYOB policy and free WiFi lets diners feast alongside self-supplied libations and celebrity cat blogs, while its proximity to an Indian grocer lets guests stock up on ingredients to recreate their meals at home.
A wall of exposed brick adds rustic character to the casual dining room at Prince of India, where booths and long tables load up with meats and breads from the tandoori oven. The chefs also simmer rich curries, biryani, and masala dishes, brightened with accents of mango and crunches of cashew.
Kohinoor Indo-Pak Cuisine welcomes patrons into its world of Indian-Pakistani fare seven days a week. Diners sit atop wooden chairs as they devour meals ranging from kebabs to curries, all aptly paired with tandoori-baked naan. Art lines the dining area's walls, and a mounted flat-screen TV gives patrons somewhere to show off their channel-changing psychic powers. The BYOB eatery's chefs also prepare feasts for special occasions, which can be celebrated in the restaurant's private event space or catered to another location.