Standing as high as the chefs' shoulders, a 1,000-pound clay oven heats classic Indian meals inside a pot-like chamber that reaches temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The massive tandoor oven adds signature smokiness to a variety of comestibles, from soft naan bread to the customer favorite butter chicken, whose boneless slivers of meat come drenched in a creamy tomato sauce.
Curriez Indian Cuisine's pair of chefs, each with nearly two decades' worth of culinary experience, uses only halal meat when compiling hearty dishes. They can also leave meat out of the equation for vegetarian fare prepared on a separate, meat-free platform. Guests may enjoy their authentic Indian meals seated at a table or booth or inside the private dining room, which can seat up to 30 people with no more than three legs apiece.
Green Chili Indian Bistro’s doting chefs simmer authentic northern Indian cuisine, cooked to the spice preferences of each patron’s palate. Amid the restaurant’s colorful, curtain-draped interior, dining duos or quartets can play an ice-breaking game of peek-a-boo behind menus before surprising friendly servers with their drink selections. Divvy up appetizers such as paneer pakora, house-made cheese cubes tossed in chickpea batter and plunged into a deep-fryer to attain the most golden of browns (a $7 value). Garlic naan (a $4 value) warms tabletops for a few fleeting moments before being ripped apart by a swarm of hands, similar to a lone headband gifted to the Harlem Globetrotters.
Thrill your tongue with the tantalizing tastes of India with today's aromatic Groupon: $9 gets you $18 worth of Indian cuisine at Tun-du-ree, the food-trailer-turned-sit-down-restaurant of tandoor-cooked flavorificness. Tun-du-ree follows the Ayurvedic traditions of balancing herbs, vegetables, and meats in healthy and delicious combinations, creating a flavor harmony that will send your tongue into complex yogic poses.Order: “Hi, I’d like a venti non-fat, no foam, no water, six-pump extra hot chai tea latte, and make it quick.” Translation: Just because I’m changing a diaper while I place this order doesn’t mean I won’t punch you in the brain if you get it wrong.
Mayuri Indian Restaurant's servers dole out traditional Indian fare—including numerous vegetarian entrees—in a casual dining area with two flat-screen TVs. The menu includes regional specialties such as northern Indian paratha, or flatbread, and southern Indian dosa, or black-lentil crepes, as well as a smattering of Chinese fried-rice dishes. For large groups, chefs can tote sprawling catering spreads to on-location events or host up to 100 people at an onsite banquet hall.
Cooking always came naturally to Sunita Chheda. When she wasn’t frolicking through the bustling avenues of Bombay with her seven brothers and sisters, Sunita was in the kitchen, learning the ins and outs of traditional Goan cooking from her mother. Today, Sunita brings her family’s time-honored recipes and her lifetime of Indian cooking experience to her own restaurant—Saffron Indian Cuisine.
Sunita’s kitchen is flooded with the aromas of ginger, coconut, and freshly ground herbs as she folds fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables into the traditional dishes lauded by reporters from the New Tampa Neighborhood News. The nimble chef simmers pans of creamy butter chicken and spicy goan fish curries before darting over to the clay oven to check on the baking naan. Sunita even offers a kids’ menu featuring youngster-friendly specialties such as french fries and invisible curry for invisible friends. Servers bring her still-steaming dishes out into the sunlit dining room, where a vivid mural of the Taj Mahal stretches across the wall.