Helmed by the brother-and-sister team of Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Masala welcomes diners to partake in an atmosphere dusted with Indian paintings, a glistening yellow chandelier, and a tranquil waterfall. Chef Ashley Popat whips up a tasting menu of authentic Indian specialties, kicking things off with an aperitif masala shot of vodka, fresh lemon juice, and raspberry liqueur with a sugar rim to prime palates for the meal like athletes stretch before going on group field trips. Pairs or groups sup from mulligatawny soup and a Desi Chat appetizer of samosa topped with assorted chutneys and yogurt sauce. Four entree samples assemble like a boy-band welcoming committee to introduce eaters to Rogan Josh, chunks of lamb cooked with gently spiced yogurt, fresh mint leaves, and mustard seeds. Chicken tikka masala swims in fresh cream sauce, saag paneer spruces up homemade indian cheese with fresh spinach, and a mixed-vegetable korma in creamy saffron sauce completes the foursome. A dessert sampler combines mango mousse, pistachio rice pudding, and shrikhand to end meals on a note that is sweeter than a sugar cube's birthday cake.
Another glittering facet of the Monsoon Group helmed by brother-and-sister team Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Bombay delivers the same opulent, glowing atmosphere and authentic cuisine that have dazzled diners at sister restaurants Monsoon and Masala. Glistening chandeliers illuminate the 7,500-square-foot space, which provides an avenue for parties of up to 300 guests, and has hosted a number of corporate clients including Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson. Inside the dining room, a tranquil waterfall serves as an ethereal room divider and squirt-gun refilling station, as romantic amber light softly rains down from the ceiling to settle upon crisp white tablecloths.
Monsoon Cuisine of India takes its name from the romance of monsoon season, which brings a respite from year-round heat and a sense of festive renewal to the streets. But the festive feel that both the menu and decor exhibit isn’t stifled by tradition; both leaven venerated Indian customs with 21st-century flair. Tamarind chicken wings whet appetites for main dishes such as masala-lime lamb with coconut curry or fresh cheese in a creamy tomato sauce. Colorful paintings portray Hindu deities through the geometric filter of cubism, and a row of chandeliers encircled by intricate wooden screens hang over the granite-topped bar. Like a toddler who knows how to change all the clocks in the house, the restaurant stays up late; it’s open until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Star of India hampers hunger with an authentic menu stocked with the rich flavors and exotic spices of the Subcontinent. Start the foodie festivities with an appetizer of onion bhaji, which features tearfully tempting slices of onion fried in chickpea batter ($8), or begin by shepherding your taste buds toward a pair of lamb samosas ($6) or a bevy of bread breeds that includes seven different types of naan. Tandoori chicken ($13) and tandoori shrimp ($22) are both marinated in yogurt, herbs, and spices before being cooked in a tandoor—a specialized clay oven kept at 800 degrees to match the temperature of the human mouth. Herbivores can veg out on channa masala, a mouth-watering mélange of garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and onions ($13), and fishivores can aim their scrimshaw dentures at fish vindaloo, which combines mahi-mahi with potatoes in a tongue-tazing sauce ($19). Each location possesses the flavor-customization technology to adjust its crave-worthy curries to individual specifications, ensuring that the menus are suited for everyone from unfazable fire eaters to mild-tongued spice sissies.
Gourmet India's cuisine sates bellies with fresh meats, ripe vegetables, and astounding sauces spiced flawlessly. The restaurant's friendly staff makes all diners feel at home and excited for the palpable stomach pampering ahead. The relaxed, intimate dining room shares the duty with outdoor seating that illuminates the kitchen's bright creations with all-natural sunlight.
In World Curry's kitchen, cooks have spent the last 17 years working to perfect their curry dishes. Drawing from a store of ingredients gathered from distant nations, the team develops 13 varieties of curry, including brown curry from Japan and red Mussaman curry from northern Thailand. Patrons can also dip their utensils into the Bali beef brisket or fill water balloons with the Caribbean curry, a vegan treat that combines black beans, corn, tomatoes, and pineapple.
Bismillah Kabob-N-Curry’s culinary mavens furnish mouths with the diverse flavorscape of Southeast Asia and its authentic Pakistani dishes prepared with 100% zabiha halal meat and free-range fowl. An order of fluffy falafel warms up masticating muscles ($5.99 for four) before they tongue tackle tandoor-baked kabobs such as the mixed tandoori platter’s skewered amalgamation of tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, beef tikka kebab, and seekh kebab ($13.99), or marinated lamb tandoori chops slathered in barbecue just like the sock puppet of a meat juggler ($15.99). Those in the mood for liquiform fare can pillage the catalog of curries, including a vegetable jalfrezi that flaunts a flavorsome blend of mixed veggies and Indian spices ($8.99). The fish hara massala, a house specialty of pan-fried pampano anointed in herbs and spices, lends eaters a taste of Southeast Asia's coastal region without having to suck on a salty sea horse ($14.99). Bismillah Kabob-N-Curry also offers a separate lunch-friendly menu of beef and chicken burgers, kebab wraps, and quesadillas, as well as a Chinese cuisine menu.
The cooks at Bombay Coast craft authentic Indian food, recreating the flavors they grew up with. Drawing on more than 20 years spent mastering Indian cuisine in Bombay and the U.S., the culinary team creates dishes entirely from their own recipes. Chicken can be cooked in creamy spinach curry or marinated in honey, then baked in a tandoor clay pot oven. Cooks stuff naan with ground turkey, simmer shrimp in creamy tomato sauce, and stir boneless Australian lamb into spicy curry. They cater to vegetarians and vegans with meatless and dairy-less eats such as yellow split lentils or garbanzo beans dusted with special spice blends. Complement feasts with mango lassis or imported Indian beers including King Fisher, named for the first person to bait fish with a cold brew.
Copper Chimney, a food truck turned restaurant, detonates salivary glands with authentic South Indian-Hyderabadi fast food. Traditional snacks, such as samosas ($2.99 for two) and idli—rice cakes served with chutney ($3.49)—prepare appetites for more sizeable savories, including crispy crepe blankets known as dosas ($3.99–$7.99), served in masala, egg, and onion-masala flavors. Vegetarian entrees, such as ginger vegetables ($5.99), prevent non-meat-eaters from grazing in nearby parks, and diners seeking meatier options find protein-packed comfort in the chicken Hyderabadi biryani, served with gravy and the spicy-cooling combo of chili and raita ($6.99). Customers who prefer to dabble in a variety of dishes can explore Copper Chimney's buffet ($6.49), which is stocked with more exotic spices than Christopher Columbus's fanny pack.