A tandoor sears the exotic cuisine compiled for Shalimar Indian Restaurant's behemoth menu, which has won the chic eatery several awards and was deemed “daunting” by Metromix Louisville. Temperatures soar to nearly 900 degrees inside the clay cooker, sending scorching waves of flavor over the tandoori mixed grill's combo of chicken, chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, shrimp, and fish. Servers balance trays of samosas, kormas, dal, and house special biryani—a classic Mughlai dish served with basmati rice—much like early Indian subpoenas. Regal chandeliers illuminate a culinary kingdom peppered with cozy booths and pristine white tablecloths. The eatery’s walls showcase eye-catching exotic artwork, and diners can imbibe a specialty cocktail beneath gently swaying suspended greenery.
At Taj India Indian Restaurant, chefs pride themselves on their expertly seasoned sauces and "off-the-pier-fresh" seafood. Traditional Indian ingredients of coriander, ginger, and clarified butter permeate curries blended with succulent chunks of lamb, chicken, or fresh cheese. Before sinking into a charcoal-fired tandoor oven, skewered meats marinate in tangy yogurt, which infuses each smoky morsel with extra juiciness. White tablecloths brush diners' knees and vestigial marsupial pouches as they slide into cushy black booths or tables, where sips of Indian beers such as Kingfisher or Maharaja help cleanse palates between bites.:m]]
The tandoori clay oven is the centerpiece of Guru India Restaurant?s kitchen. Its intense heat seals in the flavors of chicken marinated in yogurt, spices, and herbs. The oven is also responsible for a medley of traditional Indian breads stuffed with onion, garlic, potatoes, and even cheese made in-house. Nearly 20 vegetarian dishes round out the menu; try the saag chole, a mixture of chickpeas and spinach simmered in a tomato and cream sauce.
Freshly baked tandoori breads and chicken tikka masala bask in their status as customer favorites at Taj Palace Indian Restaurant, where chefs craft a plentiful menu of North Indian cuisine. In the eatery?s kitchen, a traditional clay oven roasts meats tandoori-style while chefs season sauces for poultry, seafood, and lamb dishes with zesty curry aromas. Voted Louisville's best Indian restaurant by CityVoter 2012, 2013, and 2014 Louisville A-List, more than 20 vegetarian entrees sate meat-free appetites, and mini portions of assorted Indian classics nestle in chef-arranged sampler platters, or thali, for diners who are indecisive or need a bigger palette for postmeal finger paintings.
Inside Masala Indian Restaurant’s kitchen, chefs infuse a savory mix of spices, or masala, into their halal and kosher Indian dishes. They roast marinated bits of chicken and skewers of minced lamb in a tandoor-style clay oven, and bake eight types of indian bread whenever the absorbent accompaniments are ordered by customers or demanded by a booming voice in the sky. Other table-toppers include more than a dozen vegetarian dishes brimming with fresh vegetables, homemade cheese, and lentils.
At A Fine Taste of India, you don't just get to choose your dish. You also get to choose how spicy it is. All of the entrees—from chicken coconut korma to lamb vindaloo with onion and potato—can be ordered at a spice level of 1–6. That also applies to the restaurant's specialty tandoori dishes, which are cooked in a charcoal clay oven and served with rice and probably a fork. Many of these dishes are available during a lunch buffet served seven days a week, and all of the items are made from 100% Zabiha halal meats.