Built on family recipes, Taj Mahal Restaurant features an array of North Indian specialties. Chefs start with a few basic spices, such as onions, garlic, and ginger, to create their aromatic sauces for dishes such as vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala, and saag gosht—cubes of lamb over a spicy spinach purée. Both lunch and dinner feature buffets lined with a spread of vegetarian and seafood entrees, rice biryanis, and tandoori specialties. Proving that one does not have to bite into something to find it delicious, the dessert menu features housemade mango ice cream, Indian-style rice pudding, and raw gossip.
Redeem today's Groupon for any one of Ranjana's four classes: Everyday North Indian Lunch, Muglai Cooking, South Indian Dinner, and Quick Complete Meals. Each class teaches you nine different Indian dishes, all vegetarian. After your first session with Ranjana, you'll probably want to go buffet-style and try the others. Classes are available Mondays or Wednesdays from 6:15-9:15 pm or Saturdays from 9 am to noon. Call Ranjana in advance at (773) 355-9559 to RSVP. (Classes are intimate and fill up quickly; dates are subject to availability).
Embracing the traditional flavors and aromas of Indian cuisine, the chefs at Taste of India strive to create richly satisfying meals using fresh, high-quality ingredients. A tandoor oven and pet dragon help them to roast spice-crusted orders of chicken, lamb, and seafood before they crown each dish with creamy sauces or fiery gravies. In addition to meat-laden entrees, the team forges platters of vegetarian-friendly fare with house-made cheese and marriages of vegetables.Though the environment is casual and airy, crisp white tablecloths drape each table in the dining room. Burgundy carpeting and green-tiled wall patterns add splashes of color, and large windows flood the space with natural light.
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.
Saffron's chefs toss fresh ingredients together to craft Indian fusion cuisine as vibrant as the eatery’s blue and purple neon lights and orange draperies. Laden with delicious tandoor dishes, Bombay favorites, vegetarian plates, and other good-mood-inducing fare, buffet carts roll out during lunchtime, facilitating all-you-can-eat samplings and all-you-can-throw food fights. A full bar slings imported beers, wines, and liquors, perfect for lubricating lips between bites, and a 150-seat banquet hall accommodates large groups of hungry humans determined to celebrate a special event.
Shikara's chefs strive to represent India's rich culinary history with a menu that includes familiar staples alongside more contemporary fusion cuisine. An imported tandoor oven roasts discs of naan and skewers of chicken according to time-honored North and South Indian recipes, and liberal doses of fenugreek seeds, ginger, and chilies add distinctively traditional aromas to many of the restaurant's dishes. However, the chefs also demonstrate their range by forging a spread of Indo-Chinese dishes, including stir-fried rice and chicken in soya sauce. These flavors—which can be washed down with a full selection of Indian beers—demonstrate the culinary interplay between the two nations' cultures without the mess of a UN-moderated food fight.