Recipes from northern, southern, Mughlai, and other Indian culinary traditions are incorporated in the menu at Nirvana Fine Indian Cuisine. That results in a wide array of flavorful cuisine such as chicken simmered in creamy kormas, spicy vindaloos, vegetables and lamb chops skewered on kebabs, and roast-shrimp-tandoori masala. Scoop up every last morsel with any of 10 varieties of flatbread, including onion kulcha, traditional naan, and baby naan, which wakes the chef up every three hours after it is baked.
Tandoori Grill's eclectic menu of halal and kosher delicacies guides diners on a journey through authentic Indian flavors. Vegetable samosas ($2.50) and potato-stuffed aloo naan ($2.50) kick off a palatable dinnertime parade of biryanis confettied with spices ($7–$9) and tandoori-grilled kebabs ($7.95–$9.95). Vegetarians can join in games of tabletop basketball previously reserved for meatball-eaters with the malai kofta, savory spheroids of fried vegetables in a rich curry sauce ($8.95). Weekday lunch specials focus on simple, easily scarfed classics, including a chicken kebab in a naan wrap ($4) and mutton curry with rice ($8). Any heated arguments over the last piece of naan can be cooled by a creamy mango lassi ($3).
Shere-E-Punjab owner and chef Zail Singh Shergill has more than two decades of cooking experience packed into his apron. Even with all that wisdom, he still counts on those around him?family, especially?to keep the restaurant?s spread fresh and exciting. Zail?s son and Shere-E-Punjab co-founder, Pushpinder Singh, consistently concocts recipes for new dishes?an ongoing effort reflected in the lengthy and varied menu, which includes fresh naan, chicken tikka masala, and barbecue lamb kabobs cooked in the clay tandoor ovens. The restaurant also carries a selection of Indian beers, wines, and cocktails.
Executive chef and owner Bharat Luthra named his restaurant Khajuraho after a town in Madhya Pradesh, India—a town famous for a series of Hindu and Jain temples filled with erotic monuments. Like those iconic statues, the sights, smells, and tastes of Luthra’s Indian cuisine create a vivid statement in support of sensuality and the enjoyment of life. His restaurant's elegant white-clothed tables, great enough in number to seat up to 120, stage feasts fit for mild to spicy palates and carnivorous to vegetarian appetites. Luthra bakes succulent marinated chicken inside a tandoori clay oven, spikes fresh seafood with garlic and ginger, and keeps vegetable balls from rolling off the plate with a smooth cream sauce and repurposed bowling-alley bumpers.
Tiffin infuses drab dishes with a plethora of Indian spices imported straight from the subcontinent itself by peripatetic purveyors. Shrimp and chicken absorb flavors of orange and chile de arbol after a bathing in the mango-chile marinade ($10), and curry finds its savory soul mate in the complementing haldi turmeric powder ($5.59). Elaichi whole green cardamom ($6.59), a staple of Indian desserts, leaves its native India, bidding a tearful farewell to its ginger family in search of a starring role in pungent dishes. Customers can pick up dish dustings or have them delivered ($25 minimum) to their home, office, or underground solarium for no additional delivery charge.
Turn to Cafe Spice Express for your next supper, and enjoy authentic Indian food in the heart of Philadelphia's Center City West neighborhood. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Cafe Spice Express, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Cafe Spice Express. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Cafe Spice Express has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Cafe Spice Express — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig. If dining out is not on the agenda, Cafe Spice Express offers delivery and pickup, too.
Guests of Cafe Spice Express' Chestnut Street location can park their vehicles on the street.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Cafe Spice Express, with meals usually costing less than $15.