Golden letters spell out the word “Namaste” on a banquette in Taste of India’s entryway, greeting the restaurant’s guests in traditional Indian fashion. It’s a fitting way to start a meal at this authentic restaurant, where the menu presents diners with a staggering selection of specialties, ranging from homemade saag or chili paneer, to lamb curry, spicy chicken phall, and lobster masala. As if choosing one entrée wasn’t hard enough, the cooks also make 13 types of traditional Indian breads, and fire up a traditional tandoori clay oven to bake each order of naan, roti, and paratha or glaze any unfinished pottery the customer may have brought with them.
Cooks in the kitchen at Spice House of India marinate chicken in spice and yogurt before baking it in clay tandoori ovens, releasing bouquets of cumin, curry, and pepper. They cover shrimp vindaloo in spicy curry with fresh green chilies and craft paneer cheese, which grows tender beneath creamy sauces. Indian music fills the dining area where patrons sip mango lassis made with fresh fruit and yogurt, like the least-durable buildings. Sound carries into a pub area with flat-screen TVs and a menu of Indian-influenced pub food including chicken wings tossed in masala sauce or mango and chili.
Fans of kebabs have the tandoor to thank for the taste of India Garden’s meat. The restaurant uses the earthen oven to cook marinated pieces of chicken and lamb, sealing in the flavor as the fat drains off. Along with kebabs, the restaurant features goat curry, seafood, and at least 14 different vegetarian options. A line of buffet trays filled with spiced delicacies is also available for those who wish to sample, indulge, or make it look like they have wads of cash in their pockets.
Ziyaafat's chefs expertly organize the ancient flavors of imperial Mughal cuisine in a menu packed with authentic Indian dishes. In the kitchen, cooks sear chicken to create the murgh mughlai, then cook it with mild spices and top it with creamy gravy and almonds. Spicy dishes such as Afghan mutton karhai, an Afghan delicacy that braises bone-in mutton in a spicy tomato sauce, rest on plates above crimson table settings in Ziyaafat's dining room. The restaurant also caters corporate functions and special events with their mobile services, which proves ideal for family reunions held in a local investment firm's conference room.
Inside Z-Grill’s intimate dining room, an afternoon buffet provides a surfeit of authentic Pakistani dishes for diners to pile onto plates before heading back to round tables or beach-wood-colored booths. Silver chafing tins house grilled chicken and beef, and the aroma of Pakistani spices rises from clusters of mixed vegetables, biryanis, and kebabs. Succulent grilled beef, chicken, and goat meat are enclosed in freshly baked naan in sandwiches served at dinner. The house-specialty sampler platter includes the same meats in kebab form, impressing Issac Weathers of Examiner.com, who wrote that “the spicy chicken meat was a perfect blend of spice and flavor.”
The Northern and Southern Indian dishes that popular Iravat's lengthy menu come from a chef with more than 18 years of experience. Inside the bistro, the chef uses a charcoal clay pot to sear yogurt and spices into marinated lamb or a coconut cream sauce into tender chicken Malai kebabs. There are also a bounty of vegetarian dishes, including such classics as the chickpea-based chana masala and the creamy spinach-and-cheese dish known as palak paneer. A daily lunchtime buffet grants a little taste of everything for diners who are indecisive or possess way too many taste buds.