Indian Restaurants in Chapel Hill


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  • Mint Indian Cuisine
    At Mint Indian Cuisine, it's the smallest parts of the dish that matter—the spices. With marinades, chefs infuse their meals with loud or subtle flavors that ring through the mouth like edible symphonies. A secret mixture of Indian seasonings soaks into their signature dish, the Mint chicken kebab, for a full night before the food gurus heat it in the tandoor oven. That oven also pours out freshly baked naan, which meets the standards of full flavor by donning layers of garlic or rosemary. Pounded spices accompany handpicked spinach and seasonal ingredients in vegetarian platters, which act as zestier alternatives to meat than imaginary steaks. With so many herbs and flavors at its disposal, the kitchen experiments with Indian staples and more obscure dishes alike. Chefs cover the chicken tropical tang, for example, with a raw mango paste and a light coat of spices, simultaneously evoking and augmenting West Indian traditions. Guests can sample this and other dishes that range from fiery to sweet while live sitar music spreads a sense of serenity throughout a dining room accented by white tablecloths.
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    504 W Franklin St.
    Chapel Hill, NC US
  • Tandoor Indian Restaurant
    Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.” The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”
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    1301 East Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC US
  • Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
    The premier destination for superb soul food, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe in Chapel Hill is one of the area's highest-rated restaurants. It's an ideal choice for those interested in good food. There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. For those watching what they eat, the menu does feature vegetarian items and it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi is available if you want to get some work done, and if you need food provided for a local event, take advantage of its catering options. Specializing in both lunch and dinner, Vimala's is a solid choice when you're in the mood for Asian cuisine and want to get more adventurous than the typical Chinese or Japanese fare. The restaurant is easily reachable by public transit, and visitors who drive have access to a private lot nearby (or can park on the street). Would you rather ride there? Bike parking is also offered.
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    431 W Franklin St
    Chapel Hill, NC US

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