"Swagat" originates from a Sanskrit word that means "welcome," and owner Gurdev Choong takes that hospitality to heart?especially at lunchtime. That's when Swagat's all-you-can-eat buffet beckons with multiple entrees, rice dishes, warm naan bread, samosas, and desserts of syrup-soaked gulab jamun. "This is not your average strip mall buffet joint," says Northland Lifestyle, praising even the hot cups of chai that conclude afternoon meals.
The culinary adventure doesn't conclude at the lunch break. Choong serves northern Indian cuisine during dinner hours as well, dishing up classics such as chicken tikka masala, mutter paneer with homemade cheese, and zesty curries. But "traditional" is never a synonym for "predictable." The shrimp tandoori, for example, marinates slow-broiled prawns in crisp mint for a surprising finish. For those wanting to emulate Swagat's cooking, a spice bazaar offers a safe, legal alternative to daring midnight raids on the nearest cumin silo.
Sarbjit helms Saffron Authentic Indian Restaurant, and his 18 years of experience in the Indian restaurant scene are evident in Saffron's elegant decor. High-backed red leather chairs scoot up to white-linen covered tables, where heaping plates of Indian cuisine distinguish the surface from other tables, such as multiplication tables. Along with the daily lunch buffet, the menu includes breads freshly baked in the tandoori oven, plus vegetarian, seafood, and biryani rice dishes.
Moti Mahal's cooks craft an eclectic menu of Indian specialties, reminding diners that Indian cuisine is more than just curries. Here, Punjabi spices season garbanzo beans, housemade yogurt smothers boneless goat, and simmering lamb soaks up hints of ginger and garlic. They can then compliment these dishes with naan breads stuffed with cheese or garnished with mint. Of course, the chefs whip up their fair share of curries, too, including the chicken goa curry, in which they stir tender chicken into creamy coconut sauce and fresh onion.
Whether they're preparing one of these curries or a seafood delicacy, they spice dishes to individual specifications. They can make adjustments for every type of diner, from those who prefer more mild heat to those who crave a good sweat after missing their daily jog inside a volcano. After meals, guests can cool off their tongues with desserts such as housemade mango ice cream.
If a dance club isn't the first place you think of to find a great fried chicken dinner, then you clearly haven't been to Chico's Chicken yet. Tucked away inside Club Afrobeat, Chico's gives taste buds something to dance and sing about with a menu centered around home-style chicken dinners and rib-sticking sides such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and red beans with rice. But that's only the beginning of what the restaurant has to offer?other hearty eats include cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks, cheesesteaks, and fried fish.