Melque Rodrigues, owner of Namaste Indian Cuisine, doesn’t finish her work with the final course—she personally entertains patrons by soaring through live performances of jazz and pop songs every night of the week. With such a hands-on owner, it is no surprise that the menu covers so much culinary ground. Unlike a Christmas bonus from a gruel factory, the menu includes a wide range of ingredients, which chefs craft into chicken and shrimp cooked in clay oven and selections specifically for vegans and vegetarians. The meatless dishes lean heavily on housemade cheese and lentils, and chefs cloak offerings for omnivores in sauces with vinegar, cream, and tomato bases.
India Oven treats its guests to a sumptuous spread of dishes from across the Indian subcontinent, from spicy Goan prawn vindaloo to colorful vegetarian curries and savory tandoori kebabs. Cubes of tender lamb, morsels of boneless chicken, and bites of homemade paneer sizzle with the flavor of spices teleported directly from India, while Indian wines and beers complement the menu's diverse range of flavors. Catering packages deliver loaves of freshly baked naan and roti, fluffy biryani, and rich tomato curries to birthdays, parties, and wedding banquets.
Inside chef Binu Sridharan?s kitchen lies a portal that connects Las Vegas to India via his Northern and Southern Indian recipes. Located steps off the Las Vegas strip, Binu's restaurant, India Masala, is filled with the smells of his southern seafood curries and minced meats sizzling in traditional tandoori ovens. He also throws in a few Indo-Chinese recipes to diversify flavors. Guests can drop in during lunch or dinner to sample the spread of exotic flavors at the daily buffet. From brightly lit wooden tables, diners take in views of the bustling Las Vegas nightlife, with its neon signs, glamorous shows, and fresh, hopeful dice just rolling into town.
The delicate spice combinations that grace the dishes at Saffron Las Vegas have been perfected over thousands of years, which contrasts with the freshness of the ingredients from which the dishes are made. Chefs simmer lamb, goat, and chicken in signature rich, buttery sauces, full of saffron and curry. On Fridays and Saturdays, they offer Kosher and Halal meals available via buffet between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The owners’ sense of presentation extends from their food to their décor, as they hand select every plate and saucer on which their food is presented. They decorate their 150-person banquet hall with a similar meticulousness, wrapping the support pillars in neatly spiraling strings of white lights and draping the space in soft fabrics.
Behind Bombay Clay Oven?s castle-like fa?ade lies a gateway to the Mughlai style of Indian cuisine, which features yogurt, cream, fruit, and a wide range of spices lending silky textures and delicately distinct flavors to roasted meats and vegetables. In the kitchen, kebabs of lamb and beef sizzle in the eatery?s traditional tandoor oven, balanced by a lengthy bill of vegetarian fare.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Bombay?s dining room fills with live music, which diners can enjoy from the confines of Middle Eastern?style booths draped in curtains and padded with basmati rice.
Dijon and orange walls evoke the sky at dusk. Heavy honey-hued drapes flow down the windows. The remodeling is finished, and after 11 years in business, owners Surjit Heera and Devinder Singh couldn't be happier: India Palace's decor now truly parallels the warm earthiness of a menu of north and south Indian recipes steeped in spices and broiled over smoldering mesquite. Lacquered brown tables groan beneath tandoori dishes, which eagerly unleash clouds of fragrance after long stints in clay ovens. Sinking slowly into a burgundy chair, patrons question waiters about India Palace's catering services, which delight guests and save hosts from deciding which wine goes with which cut of piñata.