At Niramish, turmeric bursts in sunset hues in curries. Mango and pineapple cut the spice in cool chutneys, and the aromas of ginger and garlic tangle in the air. Those scents drift from clay-oven tandoori dishes, curries, and fried rice. The dishes range from mild to hot and spicy, with mango lassis and buttered naan bread soothing palates still a-tingle from plates of tofu vindaloo cooked south-Indian style.
Bhojanic's health-conscious chefs whip up a flavorful Northern Indian menu without the use of heavy creams and starches, winning the Best Indian Food Best of Citysearch award four years in a row. Tapas-style appetizers such as minty ground-turkey seekh kebabs ($6.95) and cheesy marinated paneer tikka ($7.95) skewer bite-sized comestibles in a more date-friendly environment than supermarket-sample tours. Homemade flatbread kathi rolls ($8.50) enfold chicken, turkey, or paneer cheese alongside egg, mint chutney, and veggies. Herbivore-friendly options put an end to garnish-only orders with dishes such as the Shakhahari veggie platter, dolloped with a choice of five daily specials ($7.50 for lunch; $10.95 for dinner), and traditional street food such as samosas, potato-filled pastries topped with chutney, yogurt, and roasted cumin ($6.95).
Once a title carried by the top government officials in British India, the term "viceroy" connotes a regal finery and splendor. The word serves well for The Viceroy Royal Indian Dining, where the aroma of roasting spice, the warmth of clay tandoori ovens, and the taste of curry are all intended to make a luxurious impression. Like a bespoke suit of beef jerky, each meal bursts at the seams with flavor. Chefs pepper garlic naan, lamb kebab, and tikka masala with freshly ground herbs and spices, ranging in potency from mild to traditionally spicy. The restaurant's decor makes for an elegant backdrop, sporting high ceilings ringed with bright saffron hues and crystal chandeliers, and walls covered in colorful paintings of Indian wildlife and marble palaces.
The Palace's staff unfolds an extensive menu bustling with Northern Indian fare as well as a variety of Indo-Chinese dishes. Appetizers tantalize taste buds with platters such as the seekh kebab masala ($14) and the Veggie Manchurian, consisting of dumplings dressed with a chili-garlic sauce and Polaroids of Frank Sinatra ($7). Custom entrees such as chicken ($13), goat ($14), and paneer ($12) are served with a choice of rice or naan and are concocted with one of a dozen flavors, including curry and jhalfrezi, which swirls with veggies, spices, and The Palace's special sauce. Noontime munchers can mix and match lunch-buffet dishes into a multi-course feast or use a selection of sauces to paint Ganesh's profile on their napkins ($9.99).