Today Kama owner and chef Vikram Singh cooks his internationally influenced Indian cuisine with a goal to give diners an experience that stimulates all the senses. Perhaps that calculated idea came from his background in mathematics and engineering. Or perhaps it came from his father, a renowned chef in India whose cuisine has impressed King Abdullah of Jordan and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. After a successful career working with numbers, Vikram and his wife opened Kama to bring the local area an inspired, unique Indian menu—and one that would certainly meet his father’s inimitable standards.
Chef Singh actually draws on four decades of experience crafting his made-from-scratch sauces, homemade paneer, and spicy lamb dishes. To keep things interesting, he engages American, French, and Chinese traditions as he invents entrees such as tamarind-glazed baby back ribs and lamb tacos. But he isn’t the only one creating new tastes under his roof. Kama’s bartenders mix cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices and spike martinis with unconventional flavors such as cucumber, cinnamon, and rosemary. The restaurant recently received a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand award, given to the guide's favorite spots for high-quality cuisine at good value.
Much like a bit of whiskey always makes its way into Uncle Sal's coffee, an Indian flavor kick makes its way into every dish on Treat's taste-bud-pleasing menu. Owner and chef Tamiz Haiderali left the corporate scene to helm the creative Indian bistro, combining authentic Indian recipes passed down through the years with contemporary culinary techniques. Start with the samosas ($4.95), flaky pastry dough stuffed with cilantro, mint, potatoes, peas, and tamarind chutneys, or the roasted mushroom purse ($7.95). Entrees include such robust fusion dishes as tomato korma rigatoni with roasted mushroom, fennel, and lima beans ($11.95) and seared salmon atop saag paneer with dhokla and pomegranate seeds ($16.95). For more hands-on noshes, sandwiches abound, and all are served with choice of side. Try the turkey panini with apple tarragon cole slaw, swiss cheese, and rye ($8.95), or open-face veggie sandwich with roasted eggplant, walnut pesto, smoked gouda, and marinated tomatoes ($7.95). View the complete menu here.
Each steaming plate at Maharaja Fine Indian Cuisine entices diners with savory aromas and spices imported from regions throughout the subcontinent. Appetizers lay the foundation for feasts and sabotaged handbags with choices such as pepper chicken and gobi manchuria, which animates fried cauliflower with a lightning strike as well as a blend of Indian and Chinese spices. Main courses include a range of meat and vegetarian flavor posses, such as palak paneer, in which pieces of Indian cottage cheese play hide and seek among a savory spinach curry. Palates can refresh themselves with the assistance of Maharaja's desserts, which enable ample tongue-juggling with gulab jamun's lightly fried, syrup-drenched dough balls ($2.99).
At Viceroy of India Restaurant, culinary craftsmen blend the piquant, regional flavors of northern and southern Indian cuisine with a slew of adroitly seasoned meat and vegetarian dishes. The menu reads like a who's who of Indian edibles, starring such favorites as chicken tikka masala, spicy lamb vindaloo, and assorted vegetarian curries that bathe fresh vegetables in mild or spicy sauces. Appetizing aromas emanate from the eatery's kitchen as leavened naan bread bakes in a traditional clay oven, and an extensive selection of wine, beer, and classic cocktails spill into eager vessels. Each table's presentation of flowers, cushioned wooden chairs, and glowing candles woos guests in search of a venue for a romantic evening, group banquet, or first foray into fire swallowing.