In the contemporary dining room, spherical lanterns hang from silvery ceiling tiles and cast gentle glow down on curvaceous wooden chairs. Purple and pale green stools add splashes of color to the bar, where empty glasses fill with frothy beer and wine to hold over patrons as they peruse the menu of Indian favorites.
When creating their northern Mughlai–style recipes and traditional South Indian dishes, the chefs at Chutney & Pickle strive to use local seafood, free-range chicken, and local, organic produce whenever possible. Kebabs of steak and salmon marinate in ginger, garlic, and masala, then bathe in the smoke of a traditional tandoor oven. Biryani rice dishes present flavors of mint, bay leaves, black cardamom, and onion, and paneer dishes serve up comfort in the form of homemade cheese. The menu also features a full vegan section, which, unlike the other sections, was originally written in pencil rather than squid ink.
India Garden Restaurant's culinary crew grinds sundry spices daily and prepares Indian favorites in a clay oven. Tender morsels of lamb, goat, chicken, and seafood simmer in spicy chili-infused sauces and creamy cashew gravies, while a selection of more than a dozen vegetarian entrees simultaneously placates brontosauruses and outrages vegetable-rights activists. Servers ferry chicken wings and lamb seekh kebabs from the tandoor oven to expectant diners seated at tables clad in white linens. Strings of twinkling lights join forces with glistening chandeliers to illuminate the restaurant, where vibrant Indian artwork adorns bright-blue walls.
To ensure the authenticity of their menu, Tandoor & Curry's proprietors hired a chef who draws upon more than 20 years of culinary experience, including many spent cooking at restaurants in Delhi, to infuse traditional Northern Indian flavors into each of Tandoor & Curry's dishes.
Before cooking skewered hunks of chicken and beef, the kitchen slathers cuts in a precise blend of Indian herbs and spices. They then slides them into a clay oven that reaches 500 degrees, the approximate temperature of the headband the sun uses to cool off. They can also cook chunks of chicken, goat, or lamb in creamy spinach, traditional curry, or creamy almond-cashew gravy. Along with meat-heavy portions, cooks produce housemade cottage cheese in creamy spinach sauce and simmers kidney beans in cream and butter.
True ramen takes more than just boiling noodles for three minutes. At Nori, the kitchen serves up steaming bowls of scratch-made authentic ramen, teeming with slices of meat and noodles. The pooling yolks of soft-boiled eggs add color, along with chopped green onions and kernels of sweet corn. Customers can also warm their bellies with Japanese and Thai dishes??including slow-braised pork belly, Thai chicken wonton soup, pad thai, and New York strip steak with basil sauce??which are served in a cozy eatery with cushioned white chairs and a mirrored wall.
The "Desi" in Ellie's Desi Kitchen refers to the diaspora of people from South Asia settled in all parts of the world?a fact reflected in the diverse range of dishes in the restaurant's menu. Guests chow down on an eclectic spread of steaks, chicken po' boys, veggie stir-frys, fluffy naan bread, spicy curries, and their specialty, a spicy chicken sub. The decor also reflects the cosmopolitan flavor of the bill of fare. Wall scrolls of flowers and birds hang over tables laden with American ketchup and mustard bottles, while a photomontage places Machu Picchu, the Roman Colosseum, and the Taj Mahal side by side?just like they are in real life.
The servers at Indian Chillies helpfully walk first-timers through the extensive menu. Their suggestions cover a range of timeless and modern dishes, from the tandoori chicken—praised by the Sun Sentinel for its "scrumptious charred exterior"—to Indo-Chinese chow mein. Though the kitchen staff labors over several zesty entrees, they specialize in smaller plates, such as samosas, halal chicken wings, and various flatbreads.
Vegan, vegetarian, and meaty plates satisfy diners of all persuasions, whether they're perusing the menu or loading the buffet onto the back of their truck. As their ears bask in Bollywood tunes, guests can finish up by sipping a mango lassi or savoring gulab jamun, a lightly syruped dessert of milk-and-cottage-cheese balls.