Festooned in red and green and warmed by heat lamps, The Great Onion cultivates a festive atmosphere on its covered patio that is only elevated by the sizzling dishes served to smiling patrons anxious to dive into the fresh food. To customize their dining experience, patrons can build their own combo, which may include enchiladas, hard or soft tacos, or taquitos and is always served with rice, beans, and guacamole. The chefs specialize in seafood dishes and also whip up specialties such as steak fajitas or chicken molcajete and the aptly named Great Onion Delight burrito, stuffed with steak picado and chile rellenos and served wet with red or green salsa. And to keep the festive atmosphere going, The Great Onion offers a happy hour everyday and a lunch buffet that entices large groups to come in for a meal and stay for a group hug.
Using only fat-free vegetable oil, seasonal vegetables, and fresh meats, the chefs of Nirvana Indian Cuisine whip up authentic Indian dishes in their sunny, open space. White table clothes set the stage for heaping plates of curries and naan, and lunchtime diners can sample bites of everything during the lunch buffet.
Peacock Garden’s executive chef Gurpreet Singh—who carries a James Beard Foundation win under his belt—calls upon his culinary expertise to curate a menu of spice-laden sauces, colorful curries, and tender tandoori. Creamy kormas and masalas flecked with spices can all be accompanied by a variety of proteins, such as goat, lamb, seafood, and chicken. Vegetable dishes mingle cheeses and cream with bunches of cauliflower, slices of roasted eggplant, lentils, or beans. The richness found in Peacock’s dishes can also be found in its ambiance—gilded, velvety chairs, gold trim, and plush drapery let guests dine regally sans ill-fitting crown and surcoat.
Sitar Indian Cuisine’s chefs bring generations-old recipes to life as they craft traditional Indian fare from fresh produce and meats. Tandoori chicken, quail, and shrimp emerge piping hot from a traditional clay-pit oven, which imbues bread and meat with the smoky taste of wood charcoal. Variety defines the eatery's flatbread naan, which comes in variants slathered in garlic or stuffed with homemade cheese. The restaurant boasts a huge onsite banquet hall, which has played host to a slew of weddings, birthday parties, and traditional Punjabi-style events. The venue can accommodate more than 250 guests amid elegant drapery and custom lighting designs.
Lamb vindaloo, vegetable biryani, and chicken tikka masala are just a few of the tantalizing specialties at New Delhi Palace. The extensive menu offers traditional North Indian chicken and lamb dishes as well as plentiful vegetarian and vegan options. Naan bubbles to a golden brown in the restaurant's tandoor, which also cures shrimp and salmon to a perfect pink—a more effective method than trying to make them blush. Guests can wash down food with beer, wine, or the house favorite: mango lassi with sweet, slow-churned yogurt.
Namastey India looks like a small grocery store from the outside, but once inside, you’ll catch a delightful whiff of the OC Weekly's Best Indian Restaurant. According to the Los Angeles Times, owner, chef, and New Delhi transplant Ashish Pal grinds his own spices and bakes every batch of bread to order because he "wanted to do it authentic, do it right, do it the way it should be." Pal churns out regional fare such as channa batura, a spicy chickpea dish, as well as Indian staples, including samosas as perfectly crispy golden as if they were dipped in Midas’s fryer.