Tandoori Chef's tangerine walls and vibrant paintings warm diners ensconced at red-linen-topped tables, where they await steaming platters of the aromatic Indian cuisine from the bustling kitchen. Inside, chefs whip up a diverse repertoire of Northern Indian curry, tandoori, and rice dishes brimming with spice-laden veggies, chicken, shrimp, and lamb. A private dining area fills up to 30 bellies, and catering services bring the kitchen's nourishing warmth to party-goers or ravenous sasquatches grown too tall to fit through the front door.
La Frontera Mexican Grill’s chefs craft a robust menu of Mexican dishes from fresh ingredients to sate the appetites of diners waiting in the cozy eatery. The menu offers up a selection of classic Mexican items including quesadillas, burritos, flautas, fajitas, and enchiladas that help guests to experience the authentic flavors of Mexico without nibbling on a peso.
In many of India's major metropolitan cities, Chinese food is a big hit. At these popular eateries, Indian chefs tinker with traditional Chinese dishes, seasoning and cooking them to suit local tastes. For instance, Singapore noodles are spiced with curry and hot and sour soup is transformed with soy paneer. At Tandoori Dragon, owners Amit Bhaiya, Fathajeet and Bobby Singh flawlessly replicate this Indian take on classic Chinese cuisine. They've created a menu of sweet corn soups, Mongolian lamb, and chicken in hot garlic sauce featuring Northern Indian spices. Vegetables even become the center of attention in entrees such as Peiking gobi, a dish of crispy cauliflower tossed with shredded chilies and plum sauce. Their unique cuisine is served in a casual dining area replete with tiled floors, soft lighting, and red table cloths used to shoo away stray bulls looking for a tapas restaurant.
Zorbas 46's commitment to celebrating Greek culture is two-fold: the restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean food and hosts live music. While the music, wood paneling, and white-and-blue tablecloths lend the split-level dining space its Mediterranean-seaside atmosphere, it's the food that might really transport visitors to a foreign land. Mezedes of rice-stuffed grape leaves and pan-seared sweetbreads allow for sharing, while five traditional spreads are thick enough to coat bread or any undecorated busts of philosophers that might be laying around. Mediterranean sea bass and char-grilled salmon with beets are grilled alongside meatier offerings such as honey-garlic pork chops and chicken kebabs. A list of imported Greek wines and beers provide ideal pairings for each item.
Over the years, Villa de Colombia’s loyal customers not only watched as the one-room BYOB eatery expanded to make room for 90 seats, they also gave the restaurant its name. Villa de Colombia embodies the communal values that guide the popular eatery, which bolsters Hispanic unity and has even served as a voting center for Colombian presidential elections. In the kitchen, chefs fuse recipes from Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries into a single menu that doesn't skimp on the steak or seafood. The chef’s favorites include Ecuadorian shrimp marinated in a garlic-and-wine sauce, charbroiled skirt steak married to jumbo shrimp and stuffed clams, and fresh tilapia over spicy primavera rice.
The chefs at New Delhi Palace prepare authentic Indian dishes with the help of their kitchen's clay oven. In it, they roast marinated meats and spiced seafood and bake breads such as naan, roti, and lachha paratha. Those who prefer to feast upon veggies will find many meatless dishes, including chickpea masala and Goan vegetable curry. Rice briyanis round out the menu and can double as edible confetti at birthday dinners.