Indian Restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana

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The flavors you'll find most prominently at Go Fresh are those of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins marinated in Mediterranean spices. Flavorful juices and healthy smoothies take center-stage, with staff blending together yogurt with options such as the Jade made with kale, spinach, four citrus fruits, and mint. And though the juices are healthy on their own, staff can boost protein and nutrient levels with add-ins such as whey protein or chia seeds.

On the other side of the menu, chefs focus on Mediterranean dishes blended with flashes of Indian flavors. This results in fusion dishes such as protein bowls filled with chicken in a mango curry sauce, served with a choice of rice or naan. They use a range of healthy ingredients, from wild salmon stacked onto kabobs to crispy falafel balls filled with hearty chickpeas and spices.

1945 E 17th St Ste 104
Santa Ana,
CA
US

"Niki's is everything fast food should be: unpretentious but good; cheap but plentiful; and fast, fast, fast," raved OC Weekly in 2010 when it awarded the restaurant the title of Best Fast-Food Indian Orange County. Speed isn't everything, though. At Niki's Indian Cuisine, the chefs specialize in coaxing the savory flavors out of items such as chicken and lamb by roasting skewers inside a traditional, clay tandoor oven. The majority of the menu contains vegetarian-friendly dishes?including entrees featuring lentils, eggplant, and curried chlorophyll?all of which can range from mild to pleasantly spicy.

2031 E 1st St.
Santa Ana,
CA
US

Dining at Rasoi Curry Point is a tasty way to learn about India's diverse cuisines. The restaurant's owner specializes in dishes from the Hyderabad region, including succulent bone-in lamb biryani and mirchi ka salaan?a piquant dish of spiced peppers. But he also draws on a deep knowledge of dishes from elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent. Delve into the cuisine of northern regions by ordering the Mughlai-style fried eggplant, or explore south-Indian flavor by ordering the tangy tamarind rice. Tandoor-roasted meats and breads round out the menu, and a variety of chutneys and sauces allow diners to customize meals or create Jackson Pollock?style splatter paintings on pieces of naan.

678 El Camino Real
Tustin,
CA
US

Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine Of India charms visitors with tender morsels of chicken tikka, spiced and marinated lamb, and appetizers of paneer, papads, and mashed potato. The d?cor imbues a familiar, yet exotic atmosphere, with its sunny, golden walls, booth benches, and Oriental rug patterns on floors and chairs. After guests have settled into these environs, they feast on kewered shish kebab and garlicky shrimp tandoori, ending meals with honeyed gulab jamun, and pistachio-flecked matka kulfi ice cream.

13882 Newport Ave., Suite G
Tustin,
CA
US

The clay pots lined up at India Kitchen Restaurant's daily lunch buffet look identical, but inside is a cross-section of Indian cuisine that spans the country. Starting on the border between India and China is fried chicken in a manchurian sauce and fried rice with veggies and shrimp. Moving southward, chefs light on the northern tikka masala before journeying to the southern madras curry chicken with its coconut twang. These flavors all come to life with the cooking methods native to those regions: tandoor ovens impart a smokey, charred flavor to cuts of lamb kabobs; round tawa griddles churn out flaky paratha bread. Indian Kitchen also serves a selection of dosas as well as Andhra-style Hyderabadi dum biryani with chicken, goat, lamb, vegetables, egg, and shrimp. Most dishes can also be made with or without meat to accommodate dietary restrictions and people who've been bitten by a werebunny.

14131 Red Hill Avenue
Tustin,
CA
US

If it's true that eating more colorful foods can improve your diet, then MasalaCraft is ahead of the curve. The menu here is a veritable edible rainbow: flakes of cilantro pop atop house-made paneer and red tomato sauce, and the deep orange of mango chutney hints at refreshing sweetness.


Inside the Oven

Dishes cooked inside MasalaCraft's clay tandoor oven have an especially vibrant taste. That's because the oven's radiant heat, which can climb to 800 degrees, unlocks new depths of flavor from lamb, tiger shrimp kabobs, and rounds of delectably chewy naan.


A Dash of Healing Spices

  • The turmeric that lends earthy flavor to your curry may also relieve maladies such as arthritis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cardamom pods add an aromatic pop of flavor to biryani, and can also relieve symptoms of the common cold.
  • Cumin brings subtle heat to Indian dishes while simultaneously promoting healthy digestion.

2 Hutton Center Dr Ste 103
Santa Ana,
CA
US