The Cloves Restaurant's menu showcases the cooking techniques and ingredients that have come to define the cuisine from both the country's northern and southern states. A clay tandoor oven bakes marinated meats, skewered vegetables, and soft naan, and liberal doses of saffron, fenugreek, and ginger paste add their distinctive south asian piquancy to entrees. These flavor combinations inundate multiple taste buds, oftentimes in the same bite, as in the case of the tomato-based vindaloo sauces laced with fiery chilies and tangy vinegar.
Immense floor-to-ceiling windows flood the dining area with natural light, helping the curvaceous track lighting and dangling pendant lamps illuminate the dangling uvulas of laughing diners. Taupe-hued walls stand in stark contrast to the dark tables and flooring, and they remain relatively unadorned except for a smattering of Indian-influenced paintings.
Fashioned after Jaipur, a gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine excites the senses with aromatic spice mixes prepared separately each day for each dish. Among an interior of authentic figurines in elaborate dress and strung beads baring images of vibrantly colored birds, they serve a menu of traditional dishes rooted in North Indian cuisines. That includes rich grilled lamb, chicken, and seafood, as well as complex curries and plenty of fresh vegetarian dishes. They welcome guests to pair such variety of tastes with flavorful beverages such as aam ki lassi, a whipped mango and yogurt drink.
Udipi Cafe's traditional Indian ingredients and recipes form the basis of its expansive menu of flavorful vegetarian delights. Serenade taste sensors with appetizers such as a delectable potato-cauliflower duet of aloo gobi ($8.50) or the broad tasting board of the assorted sampler platter ($7.95). Dry and spicy chickpeas swim in a pond of piquant curry sauce in the chana masala curry ($8.50), which pairs pleasantly with a side of paratha bread ($1.95). Indo-Chinese specialties transport diners to the northern climes of the subcontinent with flavor combinations such as vegetable hakka noodles ($7.95), and dinner specials fill traditional platters with offerings such as the royal madras special thali and royal south indian thali ($13.50 each).
The Palace's staff unfolds an extensive menu bustling with Northern Indian fare as well as a variety of Indo-Chinese dishes. Appetizers tantalize taste buds with platters such as the seekh kebab masala ($14) and the Veggie Manchurian, consisting of dumplings dressed with a chili-garlic sauce and Polaroids of Frank Sinatra ($7). Custom entrees such as chicken ($13), goat ($14), and paneer ($12) are served with a choice of rice or naan and are concocted with one of a dozen flavors, including curry and jhalfrezi, which swirls with veggies, spices, and The Palace's special sauce. Noontime munchers can mix and match lunch-buffet dishes into a multi-course feast or use a selection of sauces to paint Ganesh's profile on their napkins ($9.99).
Under the guidance of the Sarma brothers, who own and operate Haveli Indian Cuisine, the chefs take care to turn out traditionally crafted Indian dishes that showcase tender lamb and chicken baked in clay ovens. Each geographic region of India has its own variation on common recipes, and Haveli's menu mirrors this broad culinary scope. Plates of vegetarian saag paneer spice up spinach cooked with cubes of cheese, and fiery vindaloo entrees send bites of shrimp or chicken blazing across taste buds. Platters of rich curries and sides, such as freshly baked roti or samosas, keep the lunch buffet packed for people on a break from work or spelunkers searching for something that's truly bottomless.
Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine’s chefs unite India’s diverse regional cuisines on a single menu—a task nearly as difficult as eating a bowl of chicken curry without a glass of water at the ready. Their menu doubles as a culinary map of South Asia, focusing on Southern Indian delicacies but also encompassing a variety of Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. As if to demonstrate the scope of their knowledge, the chefs fill their lunch buffet with up to 20 unique dishes every day.