Fusing traditional Indian culinary traditions with modern environmental responsibility, the chefs at Vatika Indian Cuisine simmer and roast a menu of classic Indian meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Diners choose from meat and vegetarian-friendly meals that include tandoor-cooked lamb kebabs, creamy malai kofta, and spicy vindaloo curry. Most dishes pair easily with slivers of warm naan bread, which guests can use to scoop up morsels of food as their eyes rove over the dining-room decor, which, like the restaurant's cuisine, fuses traditional Indian style with contemporary sensibilities.
Kalia Indian Cuisine seamlessly blends delicious taste with healthy eating, preparing curries, tandoori meats, dahls, and housemade paneer with vegetable oils and without MSG. For those uninitiated with the Southeast Asian offerings, friendly servers can help diners navigate the extensive bill of fare or suggest Indian beers and wine pairings to match with vegetable biryanis and shrimp curries. Fluffy naan, which can be stuffed with chicken, onions, potatoes, and herbs, helps diners scoop up tender morsels of tandoor-cooked turkey, lamb, and chicken. Once per month, belly dancers visit both the Greenwood and Lynnwood locations, whirling and swirling as diners finish off meals with sweet gulab juman dumplings or mango lassi smoothies.
For more than 10 years, the owners of Royal India Restaurant have enriched diners' taste buds with exotic sauces and potent curries. At both their Kirkland and Lynwood locations, cooks simmer prawns, lamb, and other proteins in curries sweetened by mango or pomegranate, bake marinated meats in a clay tandoor oven, and infuse housemade yogurt with cucumbers to make cooling raita sauce. Vegetarians can nosh on entrees such as chana saag—a dish of creamy spinach, garbanzo beans, and housemade paneer cheese—and sop up sauces with garlic-stuffed naan. As an added convenience, patrons can order online or from their local telegraph office or opt for evening delivery from both locations.
Indian Palace Restaurant features traditional Indian fare where cooks spice dishes to each customer’s taste. Marinated chicken and tender lamb bake in clay ovens and jumbo prawns simmer in mildly spicy curry sauces. Indian chai tea boils with spices and milk, mango lassies combine with yogurt, and a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails from the lounge cleanse palates between bites.
In 1997, Chef Muhammad Uddin took over a failing Indian eatery with dreams of turning it into something more. After closing to remodel the dining room and overhaul the menu, he threw open the doors of the new restaurant, which he renamed Bengal Tiger Cuisine of India. By 2009, it had grown such a large following that Chef Uddin moved to a bigger location with ample seating, a full bar, and space for servers to practice their plate-spinning acts on breaks.
Though the warm-colored decor and friendly service are a draw, the real key to Bengal Tiger's appeal is the food. Chef Uddin and his team rely on fresh spices and lean-cut meats to flavor recipes from across India—from the madras curry inspired by the city of Chennai to the vindaloo dish that originated in Goa. Though Bengal Tiger's menu is à la carte, servers spread out a smorgasbord of entrees during the Chef’s Special dinner buffet, which, like games in the world's least active football league, occurs on the last Sunday of every month.
At Quazi's Indian Curry House & Mediterranean Cuisine, each bowl of curry or platter of tandoori-baked meat comes with a side of history. The gregarious owners are happy to share the evolution of Indian cuisine with guests, even pinpointing the origin of certain recipes all the way back to 300 BC. The menu itself divulges some of these stories, citing the region of origin for some dishes and telling the tale of how biryani rice felt that time mangos left it for a hot dish of curry.