Taj Palace stays foodie-friendly with an expansive menu teeming with popular plates from Southeast Asia. Traditional Islamic eating laws are easily abided with the menu's exclusively Halal meat selection, where goat, lamb and chicken live harmoniously on plates teeming with spicy adornments. The tender Rogan Josh comes with your choice of lamb or goat meat, swimming through a heavily spiced sea of sauce ($13.95). The clay Tandoori oven spits out meat and seafood alike, and sautéed Kebabs stabbed through chicken, lamb, and various veggies take the guesswork out of selecting a side dish. The supplemental Chinese food menu offers another kind of Far East fare with a medley of fried rice, noodle, and chicken dishes. For those economical eaters who like to wash down their spicy Indian cuisine with a refreshing drink, the owners encourage the practice of BYOB.
Bombay Junction's tandoori technicians create an eclectic menu of lip-smacking dishes derived from fusioned recipes of northern and southern India. Relish the tikka masala, whose blend of spices, garlic, and creamy sauce extinguishes hunger flames ($12.99) or channel the oceanic appreciation of Jacques Cousteau by noshing on shrimp curry ($16.99). The mango-lamb curry—deftly blended with a variety of exotic spices and mango pulp—utilizes hearty meat and fruity flavors to quell stomach rumblings and sate sweet cravings like a fresh grilled piñata ($14.99). Vegetarians and part-time vegetarians revel in an assortment of meatless selections such as the vegetable jalfrezi, a smorgasbord of mixed vegetables cooked with bell peppers and onion ($10.99).
Goat meat sizzling in pickle sauce. Vindaloo sauce lending zest to cottage cheese and potatoes. Low-fat salmon marinating in spices before it's grilled in a tandoor oven. At Aangan Classic Indian & Nepalese Cuisine, these traditional Indian flavors share a menu that also draws on Nepalese cooking styles. Coriander and ginger season momo, a Nepalese steamed chicken dumpling, while Nepalese spices enrich tender cuts of lamb. Though Aangan's menu is just shy of 125 dishes, that number doesn't account for the drink and dessert options. Mango milk shakes and South Indian coffee complement feasts, which can end on sweet notes with deep-fried milk puffs served in rosewater syrup.
In India's capital of New Delhi, there sits a small chunk of space called Delhi 6, where the region's food lovers congregate for the abundance of authentic Indian cuisine. So, when Seema Sharma and her husband, Ajay Kasana, made good on their dream and opened a restaurant in Frederick County, naming it Delhi6 was a no-brainer. "I grew up all my childhood eating that food," Sharma once told the Town Courier, "it's engrained in my mind."
Inside Delhi6, amber-colored walls mix with dark hardwood floors to create a warm, rich contrast. Through glass windows, visitors can peer into the kitchen, where chefs are busy grinding the restaurant's spices and cooking up daily-baked Indian breads. On the walls, Sharma made sure to feature decorative reminders of Delhi6's roots, including more than 8,000 Indian bangle bracelets, which hang as a nod to the vendors who line New Delhi streets doling out artisan goods.
Boneless chicken doused in a buttery cream sauce. Skewered minced-meat kebabs fresh from the tandoor oven. Spinach soaked in a creamy, spicy curry. Led by head chef Syed M. Ahmad, the culinary team at Delhi Kabab House specializes in these North Indian homestyle dishes, which they whip up fresh to order. With handmade art adorning its amber walls, the eatery's softly lit dining room hosts each vegetarian and meat-laden meal. After feasts, guests 18 or older can savor more than 50 flavors of hookah tobacco, such as hazelnut, blueberry pancakes, and even one called Scooby Snax, which visitors presumably receive after they unmask the ghost haunting the tandoor.
Tulsi Indian Restaurant takes its name from the holy basil plant—an herb celebrated in India for its healing properties and rich aroma. Intense, otherworldy flavors and scents permeate each dish, from tender chicken tikka marinated in paprika and yogurt, to lamb rogan josh cooked in a blend of freshly ground spices. Guests dine on South Asian delicacies of seafood, chicken, and lamb with fluffy naan and roti or feast from the extensive vegetarian selection, with dishes of roasted eggplant, veggie stews, and creamy paneer.