Standing as high as the chefs' shoulders, a 1,000-pound clay oven heats classic Indian meals inside a pot-like chamber that reaches temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The massive tandoor oven adds signature smokiness to a variety of comestibles, from soft naan bread to the customer favorite butter chicken, whose boneless slivers of meat come drenched in a creamy tomato sauce.
Curriez Indian Cuisine's pair of chefs, each with nearly two decades' worth of culinary experience, uses only halal meat when compiling hearty dishes. They can also leave meat out of the equation for vegetarian fare prepared on a separate, meat-free platform. Guests may enjoy their authentic Indian meals seated at a table or booth or inside the private dining room, which can seat up to 30 people with no more than three legs apiece.
Before you relent to the exorbitant cost of having your taste buds removed and flown to India, take a look at the Tun-du-ree menu. For starters, order a plate of spinach-and-cheese or potato-and-peas samosas for $4.99 or tasty little lentil flour papadums (chips with yogurt and mint dipping sauces) for $1.99.
A careful combination of spices serve as the foundation of every dish at Cilantro Indian Cuisine. Each dish starts off with a base layer of coconut or lemon rice or a choice of Indian flatbreads. They then begin stewing, grilling, and simmering meat or veggie options in flavorful sauces that employ their signature spice blends. These include the vegetarian aloo gobhi masala—potatoes and cauliflower cooked with tomatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs—as well as the saffron-seasoned goat biryani and the spicy chicken vindaloo. Like the best Shakespeare plays, some dishes pair together meat and veggies in a starring role; try varieties such as the lamb and spinach in a creamy sauce.
Mayuri Indian Restaurant's servers dole out traditional Indian fare—including numerous vegetarian entrees—in a casual dining area with two flat-screen TVs. The menu includes regional specialties such as northern Indian paratha, or flatbread, and southern Indian dosa, or black-lentil crepes, as well as a smattering of Chinese fried-rice dishes. For large groups, chefs can tote sprawling catering spreads to on-location events or host up to 100 people at an onsite banquet hall.
Green Chili Indian Bistro’s doting chefs simmer authentic northern Indian cuisine, cooked to the spice preferences of each patron’s palate. Amid the restaurant’s colorful, curtain-draped interior, dining duos or quartets can play an ice-breaking game of peek-a-boo behind menus before surprising friendly servers with their drink selections. Divvy up appetizers such as paneer pakora, house-made cheese cubes tossed in chickpea batter and plunged into a deep-fryer to attain the most golden of browns (a $7 value). Garlic naan (a $4 value) warms tabletops for a few fleeting moments before being ripped apart by a swarm of hands, similar to a lone headband gifted to the Harlem Globetrotters.
Café Roti's Indian and Pakistani dishes slake tumultuous tummies with flavor-infused fare prepared in accordance with tradition. Café Roti's menu covers all corners of the flavor spectrum with a selection of tandoori treats and spice-covered dishes. Diners chowing down on the royal biriyani ($13.95) will dip taste buds into a sensory whirlpool of spice and herb-coated basmati rice, mixed vegetables, and a choice of savory chicken, lamb, or shrimp. Oven aficionados can munch on the chicken tikka kabob, a bell pepper, onion, and marinated chicken meat stick ($11.99) baked in a tandoor oven to lock in the clay-oven flavors never achieved when cooking in a pottery kiln. A plethora of flavored naan breads, such as garlic ($2.95) and kashmiri naan ($3.95), accompany meals to keep spice-emboldened tongues from finally expressing their fierce feelings about gargling mouthwash. Tip back a glass of fruity mango lassi ($2.99) to wash down any last digestive digressions.