Chefs at Taj Palace spice up curry sauces, bake marinated chicken in fiery ovens, and coat pastries with cardamom and honey syrup to fill their menu with recipes from Northern and Southern India. Red chili peppers add a blazing touch to the spicy vindaloo curry, and the kitchen's clay tandoor oven blows smoky kisses across the dining room in the form of marinated barbecued-chicken kebabs. The daily lunch, Monday-night dinner, and Tuesday-night vegetarian buffets brim with a cornucopia of more than 25 different items, including soups, curried meats, and soft naan.
A clay oven, fresh ground spices, and a commitment to authenticity creates taste bud appeal in Venky's culinary creations. The lunch ($5.99-8.99) menu is on active duty weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers a wide variety of combo meal options and more than ten vegetarian entrées. With the strike of the dinner hour gong, the menu extends its hydraulic arms to include 25 appetizers, a selection of house-made Indian breads, and desserts such as the pista kulfi ($2.99), pistachio-flavored Indian ice cream. Commemorate birthdays, bat mitzvahs, and hard-won pickle bowling victories with the chicken dum biryani ($11.99), the traditional Hyderabadi celebration meal and one of Venky's signature dishes. Lamb and seafood also play starring roles, and the rose-flavored milk ($2.99) gives a meal a certain je ne sais naan. Venky's red and orange interiors, soft lighting, and intimate dining room are ideal for evening dates, friendly dinners, and wooing unsuspecting acquaintances in order to pilfer their medical benefits.
Indian Palace ignites exotically flavored belly fires with its piquant menu of homemade northern Indian cuisine. Crumple to the floor in awe at the godlike power of the mighty tandoor, a clay oven that fires up savory dishes like tandoori chicken tikka (boneless chicken marinated and char-grilled, $11.50) and fills metaphorical breadbaskets with the literal bread of fresh baked palak naan (stuffed with spinach, ginger, and herbs, $2.99).
Bollywood Bistro's exciting cinema-themed menu keeps taste buds on the edge of their chin-seat from trailer to grand finale. Start your palate's passage to India with an order of delicately spiced and fried white-meat chicken pakores ($5 for five pieces) or vegetable samosas, which stuff seasoned potatoes and peas into crispy pastry ($2). Bollywood Bistro offers nine types of Indian breads including classic naan ($2), as well as stuffed varieties such as aloo naan, which comes stuffed with potatoes, ginger spices, and herbs ($2.50)––any of which dutifully accompanies an entrée until they both meet their fate in the jaws of a hungry patron.
Inside New India Restaurant, chandeliers illuminate plates of enticing Indian fare dusted with spices and herbs, lighting up taste buds with anticipation. Around the dining room, guests dig in to cuts of chicken roasted in a tandoori oven, chick peas tempered with ginger, and thali, a traditional Indian meal of lamb curry and chicken pakora served on a silver platter.
MSG, a cheap powder that tricks taste buds into perceiving flavor, is something you'll never find inside Curry & Sweets. Instead, the restaurant's kitchen is stocked with cloves, peppercorns, green chilies, and other herbs and spices that lend deep, authentic flavor to Indian and Bangladeshi dishes. Chefs simmer tender meats and seafood in curries, bake spring chicken in a clay tandoor oven, and chop fresh produce for fire-roasted vegetarian dishes, customizing each dish with the desired level of spice. Fresh naan sops up sauces and chutneys, and housemade desserts reward tongues for not licking frozen poles in the winter.