Indian Restaurants in Livermore

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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.

1536 N Vasco Rd
Livermore,
CA
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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.

4040 Pimlico Dr, Ste 116
Pleasanton,
CA
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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.

21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Ste C-3
San Ramon,
CA
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Tiranga Cafe's chefs dedicate themselves to re-creating the same comfort food Indian families eat at home. They accomplish this by tailoring the amount of heat in each entree to accommodate diners' requests. These dishes include aromatic curries that brim with chicken, fish, and vegetables, and wraps rolled tightly around cores of lamb, shrimp, or paneer.

4169 Cushing Pkwy
Fremont,
CA
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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.

4515 Rosewood Dr, Ste 700
Pleasanton,
CA
US

Behind a fa?ade of yellow bricks and twinkling string lights is Citrus Indian Fusion, a hub for North and South Indian dishes. Through the restaurant's glass doors, aromas of ginger, garlic, and Andhra spice waft through first?indication that morsels of marinated lamb, chicken, and fish are cooking in a tandoor oven. Next, guests smell the warm, savory scent of dosas?South Indian-style crepes?crisping on a flat grill.

Dishes to Discover

Citrus Indian Fusion's chefs have mastered familiar dishes such as butter chicken and samosas, but they also work to expand palates with recipes from across the Indian subcontinent. Below, we list a few favorites (plus recommendations for who should order them).

  • For the spice enthusiast: Cut mirchi

This Indo-Chinese appetizer is a favorite among diners who enjoy a bit of heat on the tongue. Chefs dip jalapeno peppers in chickpea batter, deep-fry them, and serve them with a coconut chutney.

  • For the indecisive eater: Thali

If you're not sure what to order, thali?which is served throughout India?is a safe bet. That's because each platter presents a wide assortment of of curries, pickles, chutneys, and other diverse components.

  • For the sleepy diner: 70mm dosa

Even curled in a roll, the South Indian-style 70mm dosa is visually impressive?each of the warm, paper-thin crepes is roughly the length of a newspaper. Unrolled, the dosas are large enough to share, or to repurpose as an edible blanket during tabletop naps.

6830 Village Pkwy.
Dublin,
CA
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