Brothers Devinder Singh and Sital Singh opened Taste of India to share the flavors of the Indian subcontinent with eaters. In the kitchen, chefs use halal meats to prepare chicken, lamb, and beef curries such as chicken tikka masala and beef shahikorma cooked in cream with a spice-and-nut blend. An in-house clay tandoori oven produces specials such as chickan kabobs and paneer tikka—cheese cubes marinated in yogurt sauce and roasted with spices.
Amid colorful Indian art and handicrafts, the dining room at India House Restaurant fills with the aromas of more than 250 eclectic dishes. Chefs draw on regional cuisines from Delhi to Bombay, fusing flavors with techniques borrowed from street fare and homestyle tandoori cooking. Besides dousing chicken, lamb, and seafood in flavorful sauces, they also craft healthful vegetarian dishes so that those eschewing meat don’t have to size up nearby houseplants for their palatability.
Jagadish "Jack" Bhandari, owner of Taste of Himalayas, takes taste buds on culinary expeditions through India and Nepal with the help of his epicurean family and an arsenal of natural ingredients. Beneath exposed-brick walls, a menu pushes 15?20 favorite options forward onto a white-tablecloth-draped buffet. In the powerful heat of the tandoori clay oven, Jagadish's nephew preps dishes such as chicken tikka, tandoori shrimp, and freshly baked naan bread. Chef Krishna, Jagadish's cousin, relies on years' worth of experience as a kitchen maestro on a Carnival cruise ship to prepare elaborate dishes and predict sand castle property values.
The chefs in Inchin's Bamboo Garden's kitchen use fresh ingredients to craft Asian-style specialties at the time they are ordered. Mustard- and crimson-colored walls and bamboo stalks accent the spacious dining room, and the restaurant’s signature red rickshaw sits parked in front, haplessly attempting to feed the meter with Chinese yuan coins.
The epicurean alchemists at India House, winner of Chicago magazine's Best Indian Buffet designation, draw inspiration from many places: the cuisine of Bombay and Delhi, Indian street fare, and homestyle tandoori cooking. The menu's more than 250 items please vegetarian and meat-eating palates alike with curries and kebabs that use the flavors of fresh cilantro, chilies, and coconut. A reviewer for the Chicago Tribune praises the restaurant?s ?incredibly tender tandoori chicken,? and Chicago magazine says the fiery "Hyderabadi-style mahi-mahi ? is a must." Midday lunchers can dig into a buffet whose myriad options make it difficult to decide which delicious curries should be ladled over naan and rice.
For a decade, the chefs at Udupi Palace have guided guests through the Desi culinary waters with vegetarian and meat dishes from the vast regions of India. Their uthappams, a lentil-and-rice pancake served with a traditional lentil soup and coconut chutney, and their more than 10 kinds of dosai, a southern-Indian crepe, let tongues savor the country’s herbs and spices. The chefs also season tandoori kebabs with garlic or ginger for patrons who lounge amid potted palms and count the grains of basmati rice in a biryani dish to ensure there’s an odd number.