Chefs at Delhi Palace craft each piece of clay-oven-baked bread from scratch, evincing an attention to detail that helped earn them the title of Best Indian Restaurant 2010 from readers of the Free Times. Plain, topped with garlic, or stuffed with peppers or potatoes, this bread soaks up sauces from goat, lamb, and seafood dishes on the à la carte menu, and also pairs with vegetarian dishes formed from housemade cheese or roasted eggplants. In addition, lunch and dinner buffets lay out traditional dishes under the dark wood arches, ivory-painted columns, and Indian-style murals of the dining room.
Well-versed in the world of Indian cuisine, Bollywood Cafe's chefs prepare rich, creamy Punjabi-style curries and chaat—small, savory snacks sold on the streets of Bombay—with equal skill. They simmer nine vegetables with spices to make navratan korma and griddle succulent slices of lamb for biryani. Servers arrange these dishes on tables draped with white linens, pairing meals with cold drinks and desserts such as mango ice cream.
Raised in South India and trained in kitchens across Europe, chef Anish Gopinath embraces local flavors at Fusion. Low Country favorites such as she-crab soup can be paired with southern standards of oysters rockefeller or grits jazzed up with shrimp. Chef Anish also puts his own spin on American steak-house fare, with dates and saffron complementing lamb and guava and jalapeño glazes adding new tastes to cuts of beef. Perhaps it's these new medleys of flavors, along with a commitment to serve local and sustainable cuisine, that won him the Hilton Head Island Iron Chef Challenge in 2013.