The cooks at Cool Breeze subvert many of the clichés of Indian cuisine, creating an all-vegetarian menu stocked with chaat—small-plate snack foods—as well as South Indian dishes. Diners can enjoy a multitude of curries and chickpea dishes, or dig into desserts such as Indian butterscotch ice cream.
The chefs at Paradise India Cuisine use traditional techniques and ingredients shipped directly from India to craft their dum biryanis. That kind of authentic touch spreads across their menu replete with classic fare such as Chettinad goat curry, lamb vindaloo, and chicken tikka masala. To add a modern touch to their feast-worthy collection of classic cuisine, they now cook up crab, variety of dosas and authentic indo-chinese items such as chilli chicken, manchurians and noodles, and fried rice.
The spicy aroma of chicken cooking in a traditional clay oven wafts out into the dining room of Delhi Darbar, letting guests know that their chefs are hard at work. In the meantime, baskets of warm, fluffy naan keep parties sated while they admire the colorful tapestries that surround the restaurant on all sides. But even these tapestries are no match for dishes such as the golden-brown samosas and the saffron-flecked biryani—not to mention a lunch buffet loaded with a dizzying variety of traditional Indian cuisine.
Saffron's waitstaff helps diners with a tricky task: pairing traditional dishes from North and South India with pours from a 95-vintage wine list. It's especially tough?and rewarding?given the dishes' complex flavors. The culinary team enhances lamb chops with ginger, and steams lobster with saffron. They also sprinkle vegetarian dishes such as cut okra with masala spices, a staple of Indian cuisine, much like the candy ribbon tied around every naan.
Made with clay, heated with charcoal, and designed to seal in deliciousness?Tandoor Indian Restaurant takes its name from the blazing-hot clay ovens used to create some of its most tempting dishes. Chicken tikka, seekh kebab, and tandoori shrimp marinate in the oven, imbuing the flavors of ginger, garlic, or spices before they combine with perfectly cooked rice. While tandoori oven meals may be the menu's main attractions, there are plenty of dishes for fans of the kitchen's many other appliances. Fish curry pairs seasonal seafood with a rich, spicy gravy, while tangy lamb vindaloo is a fine option for those who heard Lambchop's "This Is a Song That Never Ends" one too many times as a child.
Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.”
The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”