Though The India Garden’s chefs contend with the blazing fires of a tandoori oven every day, they know that not everyone has their tolerance for heat. That’s why they let customers specify their own level of spiciness when ordering a northern Indian entree or specialty tandoori dish. Whether mild, medium, or hotter than a pepper in a garter belt, exotic Indian spices enhance the flavors of meats such as minced ground lamb, sautéed chicken, and shrimp marinated in yogurt. The India Garden’s sprawling menu includes plenty of options for vegetarians and gives the owners a chance to share a cuisine that is close to their heart. As members of a family that emigrated from India, they maintain their native land’s tradition of warmth and hospitality.
The epicurean alchemists at India House, winner of Chicago magazine's Best Indian Buffet designation, draw inspiration from many places: the cuisine of Bombay and Delhi, Indian street fare, and homestyle tandoori cooking. The menu's more than 250 items please vegetarian and meat-eating palates alike with curries and kebabs that use the flavors of fresh cilantro, chilies, and coconut. A reviewer for the Chicago Tribune praises the restaurant?s ?incredibly tender tandoori chicken,? and Chicago magazine says the fiery "Hyderabadi-style mahi-mahi ? is a must." Midday lunchers can dig into a buffet whose myriad options make it difficult to decide which delicious curries should be ladled over naan and rice.
People eat three times a day to prevent rebellious stomachs from escaping in search of peanut brittle, their natural prey. Today's Groupon uses the power of South Asian cuisine to placate restless tummies: for $15, you get $30 worth of international cuisine and drinks at Shanti: Taste of India in Dorchester. This Groupon is not valid for Shanti's lunch buffet.
More than 10 years ago, Shanti opened to provide the South Boston area with fresh, authentic Indian food. After realizing that the subcontinental focus limited the range of noshing experiences, the founders soon expanded their menu to also include Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes. Now, stylish lamb, beef, and goat parade onto plates in a variety of spice suits, including the Indian gosht vindaloo ($11.99) and the Pakistani gosht kadai ($11.99). A well-equipped squadron of nine vegetables guards the nabaraton korma's creamy sauce ($10.99). Authentically stamp a palate-passport with the shrimp bhuna, seasoned shrimp imported from Bangladesh ($12.99). Tour the menu by blindfolding yourself, spinning around, and pointing randomly at your dinner, or engage the knowledgeable staff in a friendly game of 20 Questions to receive a personal recommendation.
The rich red walls and tablecloths give Shanti a regal ambience that reaches its full and inevitable consummation when the delectables arrive in gilded dishes. At the nod of your head, goblets full of beer ($3–$6.95), wine ($5.50–$7.50), or a creamy yogurt lassi ($3.99) levitate to the table in anticipation of exuberant toasts. Reservations are suggested for parties of eight or more and can be made online here.
More than 100 Yelpers give Shanti an average of four stars. Eighty-eight percent of more than 90 Urbanspooners recommend it, and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.
- This is amazing Indian. Since we don't really know anything about Indian food, we always end up asking questions; the staff always helps us choose the best meal for us. – Cassie M., Yelp
- Shanti is the real deal - high quality food at reasonable prices. – Mark P., Yelp
- This is some of the best Indian food I have had. I come here with my family and we each get different things and share. The flavors are so rich. ─ Emma M., Insider Pages
According to BattleCreekEnquirer.com, Taste of India owner Harjinder "Kevin" Singh founded the 80-seat restaurant with his longtime friend Chef Hyder after trying for nearly 17 years to find an outlet for his Indian recipes. He emigrated from the Punjab region of India in 1995 and has always shared a passion for cooking his native country's cuisine. In the kitchen, he and Hyder whip up tender lamb skewers and tandoori ginger chicken, as well fresh baked naan bread and a dynamic menu of meat and veggie curries that mirror the colorful dining room's burgundy booths, cinnamon-hued walls, and carpet woven from julienned cauliflower.
Singh Restaurant treats its guests to a smorgasbord of Indian and American dishes, from tender morsels of tandoori-baked chicken and fish, to specialty Indian-style pizzas made with fluffy naan crust. Guests savor the rich flavors and spices of lamb, chicken, and beef curry, or feast from an extensive vegetarian menu of meals such as bhindi masala and palak paneer.