A tandoor sears the exotic cuisine compiled for Shalimar Indian Restaurant's behemoth menu, which has won the chic eatery several awards and was deemed “daunting” by Metromix Louisville. Temperatures soar to nearly 900 degrees inside the clay cooker, sending scorching waves of flavor over the tandoori mixed grill's combo of chicken, chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, shrimp, and fish. Servers balance trays of samosas, kormas, dal, and house special biryani—a classic Mughlai dish served with basmati rice—much like early Indian subpoenas. Regal chandeliers illuminate a culinary kingdom peppered with cozy booths and pristine white tablecloths. The eatery’s walls showcase eye-catching exotic artwork, and diners can imbibe a specialty cocktail beneath gently swaying suspended greenery.
Sitar Indian Cuisine’s head chef dedicated more than 40 years to the mastery of Indian cooking, resulting in a menu that adroitly melds classic recipes with innovative variations. Many of the entrees are fired using traditional cooking equipment, such as a clay oven, an Indian iron skillet, or an aging phoenix. The full menu lists an assortment of vegetarian dishes along with house curry specialties with chicken, lamb, and seafood. During lunch, the eatery stocks an all-you-can-eat buffet brimming with aromatic dishes and tangy chutneys. Sitar’s beer list offers American brews and those imported from India such as Flying Horse, Taj Mahal, and Kingfisher.
Freshly baked tandoori breads and chicken tikka masala bask in their status as customer favorites at Taj Palace Indian Restaurant, where chefs craft a plentiful menu of North Indian cuisine. In the eatery?s kitchen, a traditional clay oven roasts meats tandoori-style while chefs season sauces for poultry, seafood, and lamb dishes with zesty curry aromas. Voted Louisville's best Indian restaurant by CityVoter 2012, 2013 Louisville A-List, more than 20 vegetarian entrees sate meat-free appetites, and mini portions of assorted Indian classics nestle in chef-arranged sampler platters, or thali, for diners who are indecisive or need a bigger palette for postmeal finger paintings.
Inside Masala Indian Restaurant’s kitchen, chefs infuse a savory mix of spices, or masala, into their halal and kosher Indian dishes. They roast marinated bits of chicken and skewers of minced lamb in a tandoor-style clay oven, and bake eight types of indian bread whenever the absorbent accompaniments are ordered by customers or demanded by a booming voice in the sky. Other table-toppers include more than a dozen vegetarian dishes brimming with fresh vegetables, homemade cheese, and lentils.
Inside a sizzling tandoor oven, naan, paratha, and roti soak in the heat until they start to take on a slight char. 4 Spice Indian Cuisine's chefs then pull them out of the oven, serving them hot as an accompaniment to authentic tandoori meats and curries. Vegetarian options abound as well, from palek paneer and channa masala to vegetable samosas, all of which can be washed down with the cool, fresh flavors of a mango lassi.
At Taj India Indian Restaurant, chefs pride themselves on their expertly seasoned sauces and "off-the-pier-fresh" seafood. Traditional Indian ingredients of coriander, ginger, and clarified butter permeate curries blended with succulent chunks of lamb, chicken, or fresh cheese. Before sinking into a charcoal-fired tandoor oven, skewered meats marinate in tangy yogurt, which infuses each smoky morsel with extra juiciness. White tablecloths brush diners' knees and vestigial marsupial pouches as they slide into cushy black booths or tables, where sips of Indian beers such as Kingfisher or Maharaja help cleanse palates between bites.:m]]