The diversity of Indian cuisine is as vast as the nation itself. At India Express, the skilled cooks serve up meticulously spiced entrees and traditional vegetarian-friendly dishes to give diners a taste of the country’s culinary history. Like a cool winter's day on Venus, the eatery's traditional clay oven can reach temperatures of 1,000 degrees, perfecting specialties such as the lobster tikka masala, with barbecue lobster smothered in a tomato-and-onion cream sauce.
Anarkalee Restaurant borrows its name from the doomed heroine Anarkali, a slave girl who fell in love with a prince and was loved by him in return. Their relationship infuriated the prince's father, the Mughal emperor Akbar, who responded by sentencing his own son to death. To save the prince’s life, Anarkali sacrificed herself: she was buried alive between two brick walls (though some say she actually escaped through a secret passageway).
Anarkalee Restaurant translates the fiery spirit of its namesake into the spicy flavors of regional Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Besides North Indian standards such as palak paneer and chicken tikka, chefs craft more exotic fare such as lamb-brain masala or Himalayan goat karahi for their daily specials. Morsels of grass-fed lamb also fill two types of gosht, or Pakistani meat stew. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrées are served in copious helpings, whether as separate dishes, a buffet, or a color-coded map of the Indian subcontinent.
Flavors from North and South India—and a hint of Indochina—infiltrate the fresh-cooked meals at Bawarchi. Naan and white rice accompany each meal to help customers completely clean up plates of chicken biryani, vegetable curry, and lamb vindaloo. Fourteen varieties of dosas—India’s answer to crepes—pack everything from roast goat to chili cheese, and wraps envelop chicken and veggies. At lunch, customers can make like middle schoolers and line up for a buffet-style spread of tandoori chicken, egg noodles, and shrimp masala.
Behind a façade of yellow bricks and twinkling string lights is Citrus Indian Fusion, a hub for North and South Indian dishes. Through the glass doors, aromas strike first––indication that morsels of marinated lamb, chicken, and fish are curing in a tandoor grill. Scents of ginger, garlic, and Andhra spice waft through the air, prompting guests to sop up zesty curries and their tears of joy with whole-wheat roti or warm naan.
Favorite Indian Restaurant serves up lamb, chicken, and seafood prepared according to Northern Indian traditions. In the kitchen, cooks season vegetable biryanis with saffron and assemble plates of hot and spicy chicken vindaloo served over potatoes. Lunch and dinner buffets provide a spread of all-you-can-eat fare, letting indecisive patrons get a taste of everything without taking the trouble of licking all the dishes at nearby tables. The restaurant also packs up its food for take-out, delivery, and catering.
At Chaat Bhavan, a full menu of Indian fare avoids meat as fastidiously as if it were a banana peel on a video-game highway. Snacks include masala chaat, a spicy fruit chutney served with crispy wafers, and missal pav, a mixture of black lentils and crispy noodles. Pan-cooked spinach paratha bread sops up soupy entrees such as the chana sag, which pairs garbanzo beans with fresh spinach, and the aloo gobi mattar, a union of potatoes, peas, and spices. Everything on Chaat Bhavan’s bill of fare is meat-free, and many eats also accommodate Jain customs and veganism.