Cuisine Type: Traditional North Indian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Tikka masala, tandoori, saag paneer, samosa
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Curbside pickup & validated parking at Maryland & Harvard. Elevator access at 109 E Harvard St
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our restaurant was a jazz club before we opened, and a Greek restaurant before that. We have tried to preserve some essence of the place's past, while adding our own unique touch. We had a local artist, Saiedeh Omidghaemi, paint a mural in our entrance.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have focused our menu on having something for everyone, not just spicy-food lovers. Since we prepare everything to order, we allow customers to choose how spicy they would like everything to be. Although vegetarian dishes are a major part of any Indian restaurant, we have expanded that focus to the vegan options, offering a wide variety of dishes to make a vegan diet a diverse and viable dietary choice for anyone.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Having started as a Mom n' Pop restaurant, even though we have expanded to our second location, all our base curries are prepared at one location so the food is consistent. We have a stage and dance floor, with live entertainment and a public gathering permit. Our events include open mic comedy every Thursday night, live jazz with a jam night for local musicians, and after hours club nights. We will be adding a monthly Indian dance show shortly.
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