The Cloves Restaurant's menu showcases the cooking techniques and ingredients that have come to define the cuisine from both the country's northern and southern states. A clay tandoor oven bakes marinated meats, skewered vegetables, and soft naan, and liberal doses of saffron, fenugreek, and ginger paste add their distinctive south asian piquancy to entrees. These flavor combinations inundate multiple taste buds, oftentimes in the same bite, as in the case of the tomato-based vindaloo sauces laced with fiery chilies and tangy vinegar.
Immense floor-to-ceiling windows flood the dining area with natural light, helping the curvaceous track lighting and dangling pendant lamps illuminate the dangling uvulas of laughing diners. Taupe-hued walls stand in stark contrast to the dark tables and flooring, and they remain relatively unadorned except for a smattering of Indian-influenced paintings.
Fashioned after Jaipur, a gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine excites the senses with aromatic spice mixes prepared separately each day for each dish. Among an interior of authentic figurines in elaborate dress and strung beads baring images of vibrantly colored birds, they serve a menu of traditional dishes rooted in North Indian cuisines. That includes rich grilled lamb, chicken, and seafood, as well as complex curries and plenty of fresh vegetarian dishes. They welcome guests to pair such variety of tastes with flavorful beverages such as aam ki lassi, a whipped mango and yogurt drink.
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).
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).