Manu and Ila Patel decided to share their recipes with others inside Krishna Catering & Restaurant. They stuff dosas (thin crepes) with cheese and vegetables and toss onions and jalapeños into uttapam (thick pancake) mix, creating dishes that helped the eatery earn the Best Vegetarian Restaurant award on the 2012 Detroit A List. Ila also blends Indian and Chinese flavors, dousing cheese cubes in Chinese sauce and sprinkling chili and soy sauces over veggies. Manu and Ila also cart their myriad dishes off site, catering weddings and celebrations held after passing court-mandated polygraph tests.
After serving as head chef of Tawaa Restaurant, Chef Sardar took up the reins of ZamZam Cafe & Grill LLC, lovingly fashioning meals of fine Indian and Pakistani cuisine for breakfast, lunch buffets, and dinner. Within the restaurant’s saffron-hued walls, a twinkling crystal chandelier casts a constellation of warm light over crimson tablecloths as the appetizing scent of freshly baked tandoori chicken, richly spiced lamb, and shrimp curries causes stomachs to grumble out Morse code demands for feasting. The bill of fare promises ample vegetarian options, such as the kitchen’s homemade paneer, as well as halal meals, ably adhering to any dietary rules or tastes with colorful veggie stews and savory dals alongside tender morsels of poultry, lamb, and seafood.
At Taqueria La Casita, Mexican dishes arrive hot from the kitchen accompanied by an spread of colorful sauces, from tangy red salsa to creamy guacamole. The restaurant's chefs deploy fiery grills and sizzling pans to create traditional classics using an array of crisp vegetables, tender meats, and flavorful spices. They shower handmade corn quesadillas in crumbled fresh cheese before adding in spicy chicken and pressed pork. The chefs smother steak and chorizo burritos in piquant ranchero sauce, and layer gorditas with marinated roasted pork.
As chefs bustle about the kitchen, diners soak in the vibrant colors of the bright dining room, where multi-hued strings of lights dance along the walls. The warm space is flush with whimsical accents, including bright Mexican paintings and an magical sombrero that gives people the ability to smuggle left-overs out of the restaurant.
The sudden clatter of a billiards break. The quick shuffling of cards. A pinball machine's clanging bells. All can be heard at The Velvet Rail, where everything from regulation-size felt-topped tables to foosball and air hockey keep patrons of all ages entertained. As a digital jukebox pumps out tunes, snacks such as hot dogs, nachos, and hummus fuel games of snooker or pool, and free WiFi allows players to post online personal ads for "eight ball seeks corner pocket."