Inspired by the traditional handmade clay oven, or tandoor, that roasts many of its signature dishes and breads, Tandoori Grill specializes in slow-cooked Indian recipes. White-meat chicken marinates overnight in a special house sauce before joining herb-steeped lamb and fish in the oven. Curries and kormas flavor lamb, chicken, prawns, and vegetables ready to be scooped up with 11 varieties of naan and other flatbreads. In the dining rom, paintings of the Taj Mahal and other Indian scenes dot burgundy-colored walls that match the tablecloths and clash terribly with redheads.
In simplified fashion, karma is illustrated in the dining room of Karma Restaurant Bar & Lounge each day. Polite waiters are rewarded for their work with tips, and diners reap the benefits of their past acts of kindness while enjoying meals with good friends. The menu offers a full spectrum of traditional Indian dishes, from rich lamb-coconut curry to vegan-friendly plates of yellow daal, all perfectly scooped up with soft pieces of plain, garlic, or olive naan. To bolster the dining experience, the staff surrounds guests with Indian artwork and pairs dishes with classic beverages such as masala-infused chai tea or mango lassi.
Flavor Of India's affable staff greets patrons with a cheery "namaste!" before escorting them to a vibrant red booth or beneath the colorful open-air gazebo. Inside the bustling kitchen, executive-chef brothers Darshan and Tarsem Singh churn out an array of sizzling tandoori dishes, rice-based biryani, and vegetarian specialties peppered with traditional Indian spices. In addition to filling bellies with aromatic, preservative-free savories, the chefs unfurl their culinary wisdom with cooking classes. Flavor of India also boasts a wall of autographed photos bestowed during visits by satisfied celebrities, including the likes of Nicolas Cage, Jessica Alba, and a vacationing Taj Mahal.
Sitar Indian Cuisine’s chefs bring generations-old recipes to life as they craft traditional Indian fare from fresh produce and meats. Tandoori chicken, quail, and shrimp emerge piping hot from a traditional clay-pit oven, which imbues bread and meat with the smoky taste of wood charcoal. Variety defines the eatery's flatbread naan, which comes in variants slathered in garlic or stuffed with homemade cheese. The restaurant boasts a huge onsite banquet hall, which has played host to a slew of weddings, birthday parties, and traditional Punjabi-style events. The venue can accommodate more than 250 guests amid elegant drapery and custom lighting designs.
The talented chefs at New Delhi Palace dish up an eclectic menu of authentic North Indian cuisine crafted with fresh, natural ingredients. Diners can prep globetrotting palates by diving face first into homemade paneer pakora ($6) or delving tiny shovels into a kachumber salad with a blend of onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes ($5). A crisp array of vegetarian dishes bedecks empty stomach space with decorative greenery ($10–$11), and curry connoisseurs can fix fangs into a savory chicken masala ($13)––the owner’s favorite dish and least favorite hat. Prepared in an authentic clay oven, New Delhi’s tasty tandoori dishes include a tikka kebab with boneless chicken cubes ($14) and an Australian charbroiled rack of lamb ($20).
At Royal Indian Restaurant, a delectable menu introduces taste buds to flavors from across the subcontinent locked within mouthwatering biryanis, curries, and tandoori treats. Fragrant spice blends and sauces crafted from local produce awaken dishes of lamb madras ($11.95 for dinner; $9.95 for lunch).