Indian Restaurants in North Carolina


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Many people would consider warm carrot pudding an adventurous dish, but at Saffron Indian Cuisine, the gajar halwa isn't even on the avant-garde section of the menu. Rather, the traditional Indian dessert joins other Northern Indian classics, including palak paneer combined with fresh spinach and homemade cheese. The shrimp vindaloo is another standout with a sauce so painstakingly balanced, you can offset its mix of tangy and spicy by eating a spoonful of basmati rice or having a friend gently blow into your mouth. As for that avant-garde section, it's where Chef Mahesh?who has worked in multiple 5-star hotels in India?shows off his ability to experiment and invent. His paneer nirvana, for instance, mixes cheese and grilled vegetables in a punchy red-pepper sauce, whereas the sea bass bahaar wears a cloak of coconut-sesame-cashew sauce.
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US
To the chefs at Mantra, atmosphere is nearly as important as taste. That?s why they serve contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine against a vibrant red floor, energetic pink mural, and eclectic array of artwork. Potatoes and peas fill the deep recesses of warm, deep-fried samosas, and lettuce wraps cradle tandoori mushrooms, paneer, and sprouts. Transported to tables via an utterly silent elephant in the room, entrees satisfy appetites via lamb vindaloo's spicy sauces and murgh tikka masala's ginger-and-garlic-marinated tandoori chicken. Finally, delectable desserts ?assuage sweet teeth with mango-flavored mousse, milk dumplings in rose-flavored syrups, or a carrot pudding sculpted into the diner's favorite geographical region. Sleek tables and chairs parade their modern lines across the restaurant's elegant dining room, which makes for an ideal setting for a first date, second platonic dinner, or third attempt to find lukewarm porridge.
110 N West St
Raleigh,
NC
US
Saffron Indian Cuisine is named for saffron, a precious and flavorful spice that has been seasoning traditional Indian dishes since ancient times. In the restaurant's kitchen, chefs fold this and other exotic spices into a variety of time-honored recipes, from creamy paneer to savory tandoori items to piquant curry dishes. They bake juicy morsels of chicken, lamb, and shrimp in the fiery flames of their authentic clay tandoor oven, right alongside naan, kulcha, and roti breads. Pots of lentil soup and fragrant biryani rice simmer on the stove. Servers bring plates of Indian dishes and cups of chai tea into the elegant dining hall, where light streams in through tall windows. Artwork speckles the pristine white walls, depicting traditional Indian scenes such as an exotic bird drinking from a jungle stream and a long-haired sitar player who used to work at an advertisement agency in Cleveland.
1500 Mill St
Greensboro,
NC
US
Traditional Indian cuisine can be found at Nawab Indian Cuisine. Calorie-counters won t find any low-fat fare here, so enjoy the menu and take a break from the diet. The bar at Nawab Indian Cuisine is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Nawab Indian Cuisine, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). No need to be formal, business casual will pass. If you need to feed a big crowd, Nawab Indian Cuisine also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. Or, take your grub to go. Nawab Indian Cuisine provides easy access to an adjacent lot. Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Nawab Indian Cuisine. Your tab at Nawab Indian Cuisine will generally run you about $30 per person.
129 S Stratford Rd
Winston Salem,
NC
US
Made with clay, heated with charcoal, and designed to seal in deliciousness?Tandoor Indian Restaurant takes its name from the blazing-hot clay ovens used to create some of its most tempting dishes. Chicken tikka, seekh kebab, and tandoori shrimp marinate in the oven, imbuing the flavors of ginger, garlic, or spices before they combine with perfectly cooked rice. While tandoori oven meals may be the menu's main attractions, there are plenty of dishes for fans of the kitchen's many other appliances. Fish curry pairs seasonal seafood with a rich, spicy gravy, while tangy lamb vindaloo is a fine option for those who heard Lambchop's "This Is a Song That Never Ends" one too many times as a child.
5410 Hwy 55
Durham,
NC
US
Realizing the region's dearth of Indian eateries, the owners of Shalimar Tandoor Grill and Bar opened their doors to give their friends and neighbors a first or umpteenth taste of the subcontinent's cuisine. The decadent dining room of deep red booths and walls hosts a panoply of vibrant spices and rich aromas that emanate from curries, kebabs, and tandoor-grilled dishes custom-spiced to four levels of heat. To cool down tongues and thwart the growth of uvula cactus patches, the owners added a full bar stocked with domestic and Indian beers and an impressive list of classic and house cocktails infused with an Indian twist.
3401 Raeford Rd
Fayetteville,
NC
US
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