Welcoming guests with an ornate entryway with a curlicue chandelier and bright orange walls is just one way Shahi Palace treats its guests like royalty. The ambiance continues into the dining room, with gold walls, red accents, and matching carpeting. Whether diners are in the banquet room celebrating a wedding, a birthday, or the beginning of National Adopt a Cat Month, or even if they're there to enjoy the weekend brunch buffet, they can break rounds of naan over Indian and Pakistani dishes that are 100% halal.
Striving to highlight the diversity of India’s regional cuisine, the cooks at Mehek Restaurant have mastered vegetarian, seafood, lamb, chicken, and rice dishes from across the subcontinent. The eatery’s name, which means “aroma,” serves as a playful tribute to the way each creation from the expansive menu sates several senses at once. Kebabs, vindaloos, masalas, and biryanis can all be ordered with various proteins, and glasses of mango lassi cool off spicy bites. Mehek also offers a buffet rich with options for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those on strict naan diets.
Khyber Indian Fusion's Goa-born chef swirls the flavors of various savory Indian dishes together into a single menu. A charcoal-fueled oven imparts a hint of its smokiness and all of its long-winded stories to the chicken malai kebab, a roasted poultry dish marinated in almond, fresh cream, and signature herbs ($11.99). Golden orbs of fried veggie dumplings languor in a mild manchurian sauce ($10.49), and curry leaves and coconut batter freshwater shellfish in a Goan-style curry ($15.99). The Mumtaaz goat biryani simmers cubes of its titular meat over a tame fire with basmati rice and indian herbs ($14.49) for a slow-cooked dish that leaves tongues as happy as a clown at a makeup counter.
A crystal chandelier hangs over tables topped with crisp white tablecloths at this elegant restaurant, which transports Cherry HIll diners overseas via a menu of authentic Indian cuisine. You can scoop chicken curry onto homemade slices of airy, deep-fried puri bread, or savor a dish of lamb biryani atop a bed of basmati rice. Chefs use traditional clay ovens to charcoal-fire tandoori shrimp and cornish hens. For vegetarians, there's an extensive selection that ranges from aloo palak?a spicy mixture of chicken and potatoes?to mircha bhagara, jalape?o peppers infused with coconut and sesame sauce. The restaurant also offers American cuisine, such as fried flounder and grilled chicken. Diners can top off a savory meal with a sweet serving of gulab jamun?warm, nutty cheese balls drenched in syrup.
Ajit and Lata Mody created the original Rajbhog Cafe as a way to provide the local Indian community with traditional South Asian sweets and snacks. The idea quickly caught on outside of the community, however, and over the last 20 years, Rajbhog Cafe has established locations in four different states. At each outpost, the staff still hand crafts as many as 140 different types of Indian sweets?all made using rich ghee and mawa?although they also stock the stores with roti, paneer cheese, frozen curry entrees, and other treats. Rajbhog Cafe invites diners to stop in, grab a seat, and enjoy a freshly cooked meal or take their order to-go.