The delicate spice combinations that grace the dishes at Saffron Las Vegas have been perfected over thousands of years, which contrasts with the freshness of the ingredients from which the dishes are made. Chefs simmer lamb, goat, and chicken in signature rich, buttery sauces, full of saffron and curry. On Fridays and Saturdays, they offer Kosher and Halal meals available via buffet between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The owners’ sense of presentation extends from their food to their décor, as they hand select every plate and saucer on which their food is presented. They decorate their 150-person banquet hall with a similar meticulousness, wrapping the support pillars in neatly spiraling strings of white lights and draping the space in soft fabrics.
Dijon and orange walls evoke the sky at dusk. Heavy honey-hued drapes flow down the windows. The remodeling is finished, and after 11 years in business, owners Surjit Heera and Devinder Singh couldn't be happier: India Palace's decor now truly parallels the warm earthiness of a menu of north and south Indian recipes steeped in spices and broiled over smoldering mesquite. Lacquered brown tables groan beneath tandoori dishes, which eagerly unleash clouds of fragrance after long stints in clay ovens. Sinking slowly into a burgundy chair, patrons question waiters about India Palace's catering services, which delight guests and save hosts from deciding which wine goes with which cut of piñata.
Behind Bombay Clay Oven?s castle-like fa?ade lies a gateway to the Mughlai style of Indian cuisine, which features yogurt, cream, fruit, and a wide range of spices lending silky textures and delicately distinct flavors to roasted meats and vegetables. In the kitchen, kebabs of lamb and beef sizzle in the eatery?s traditional tandoor oven, balanced by a lengthy bill of vegetarian fare.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Bombay?s dining room fills with live music, which diners can enjoy from the confines of Middle Eastern?style booths draped in curtains and padded with basmati rice.
Executive chef Kuldeep Singh’s diverse selection of artisan Indian eatables beautifully complement Origin’s elegant interior, where an earthy wooden floor upholds sleek, dark furniture and walls painted in golden yellow honey. With lunch comes the chance to nibble on vegetable nilgiri, a savory assortment of non-meats cooked in green gravy and paired with buttered naan that doubles as an inter-table frisbee ($9.95). Guests can tickle their insides with a dinner starter such as tandoori black tiger shrimp, whose crustaceous tastiness is spiced with ajwain seed, kaffir lime, tamarind, raisin chutney, and balsamic reduction ($15). Next, upgrade to an entree of creamy chicken curry ($16) or a southern Indian-style stir-fry of diced lamb with curry leaves, black mustard seeds, kashmiri chili, coconut, and lemon rice ($18).
Gaylord India Restaurant stokes culinary passions with generously portioned, traditional tandoori and Mughlai-style dishes served up in a formal setting. The ambitious tandoori chicken, a half chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, and garlic ($17.95), complements a serving of freshly leavened, lamb-stuffed keema naan ($7.95), both baked on-site in a tandoor oven after being ripped from the top of forks’ wish lists. Seafood specialists construct aquatic delights, including the fish tikka masala, a serving of fish cubes luxuriating in a spicy sauce ($24.95), and prawn vindaloo, two jumbo prawns blanketed with a temperature-raising curry ($22.95). Two large stone elephants situated at the restaurant's entrance inspire photo opportunities for online-dating profiles while welcoming guests into an artifact-filled dining room accented with deep-finished wooden chairs and smooth pillars. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Inside chef Binu Sridharan?s kitchen lies a portal that connects Las Vegas to India via his Northern and Southern Indian recipes. Located steps off the Las Vegas strip, Binu's restaurant, India Masala, is filled with the smells of his southern seafood curries and minced meats sizzling in traditional tandoori ovens. He also throws in a few Indo-Chinese recipes to diversify flavors. Guests can drop in during lunch or dinner to sample the spread of exotic flavors at the daily buffet. From brightly lit wooden tables, diners take in views of the bustling Las Vegas nightlife, with its neon signs, glamorous shows, and fresh, hopeful dice just rolling into town.