Rated the best Indian restaurant in the area by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, Top of India lives up to its name with tandoori staples culled from different regions of India. These include chicken tikka and lamb shish kebab. Beyond those meaty mainstays, the eatery cooks up more than 15 vegetarian options. Dishes like mushroom korma and chicken chili lend credence to the restaurant’s award-winning stature, and the full bar offers house specialities such as a hard mango lassi with a flare of coconut, a Royale Salute martini, and a margarita based on the classic Indian nimbu pani.
If she could have one last meal "before the planet exploded into a fiery, zombie-infected, asteroid-pocked heap of space junk," Leah Sottile of The Pacific Northwest Islander has a clear preference: Swagat Indian Cuisine's malai kofta. The simple dish consists of three balls crafted from potato, carrot, cauliflower, and paneer cheese. Chef Pargat Kahlon douses these in a yellow gravy that takes nearly three hours to make—not exactly something he’d waste time on if the Earth were about to explode.
For now, at least, chef Kahlon takes his time to perfect more than 100 traditional Indian dishes besides the malai kofta. These dishes include lamb cooked in a special gravy and shrimp pan-roasted with onions and bell peppers. Kahlon’s culinary team also mixes spinach and cubes of homemade cheese into a tasty sauce and cooks chicken dusted with freshly ground spices on skewers in a tandoor oven. Along with dinner every night, Swagat hosts a daily lunch buffet, which allows guests to sample a variety of regional cuisines.