The Taj Mahal is near-universally admired. So are Indian people. And so is their food. For $15, you’ll get $35 worth of Indian fare at Navya Lounge (valid for dinner only), a downtown eatery in the Rainier Square Building where classic Indian dishes united with classic Indian dish names live happily ever after in a charming fantasyland where everyone is best friends with their stomachs.
Expect to find a wide variety of standard Indian bites (tandoori chicken, naan) on Navya's menu. Start with the samosas, savory pastry pouches packed with potatoes and peas ($6, add $2 for chicken or lamb). For your main meal, try the lamb rogan josh (boneless lamb cooked in garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, spices, and a special sauce; $18) or the saag gosht (lamb and spinach; $18). Vegetarians will love the baigan bharta rajwara ($12), a blended stew of fire roasted eggplant and savory spices. Save room for an order of rasmalai, dainty ricotta-stuffed dumplings bobbing in a sweetened cardamom-spiked milk ($5).
The contemporary décor (carrot and copper-hued walls, Asian-inspired artwork, a stylish cocktail lounge) cast a sultry ambience perfect for a enjoying a leisurely meal. The service is professional, friendly, accommodating, professional, and friendly.
- So for dinner I stuck to Indian, getting the malai kofta (spicy) and lamb curry which were both very good. – Intoxicologist Timothy, Urbanspoon
- This restaraunt [sic] is great! We went there for lunch and they had such a huge selection and the food was the best Indian food I have ever had! The staff was great also, very friendly – baahpatric, Citysearch
- Went to Navya last week with my cousin that is visiting, the food is great the service is beyond awesome very friendly and welcoming, they have a great happy hour don?t miss this place if you are downtown – Nate316, Citysearch
The Rise In Cuisine
The Taj Mahal is not only one of the seven largest mausoleums in the world, it’s also one of the seven busiest food courts in India. In 1956, three years after Danny Boyle’s father finished building the Taj with his bare hands, Danny Boyle’s mother suggested capitalizing on the innate human desire for tourism-food by adding a food court in the lobby. After 15 years of whittling marble slabs, Danny Boyle’s father completed the food court, and tourists came in record numbers to feast on delicious Indian food served in a mausoleum setting. Due to the immense popularity of marrying the Taj Mahal with food, similar restaurants popped up in the United States, all hand-built by Danny Boyle’s father.
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