Restaurants, like reality TV shows, tend to follow some common scripts: steakhouses, small plates places, pizza joints, sports bars, etc. That's why it's refreshing to see a spot like Chai & Chai, the restaurant I review this week, which refuses to follow an established path. This low-key res ... More >>
Chai & Chai 12501 East 17th Avenue, Aurora 720-588-0343 Last fall an unassuming little place named
If you live in Denver, Monsoon, a new Indian restaurant that's way the hell out in Parker, is a trek, but its location, on the east side of Southlands shopping center, is a welcome addition to that chain-ganged suburb. And if what I ate while I was there is indicative of its future consistency, then ... More >>
Denver has a vast array of Indian restaurants, everything from small, family-owned hole-in-the-wall spots to massive establishments with expansive menus and multiple locations. And with the temperatures plummeting, a hearty, spicy -- very spicy -- Indian feast could be just the thing to turn up the ... More >>
Dessert is rarely in the cards when my family eats at Indian restaurants. On occasion, I'll get the carrot pudding known as gajar halwa, but without something chocolatey to tempt my spouse and kids, they usually pass and I content myself with another bite of saag and cup of chai. Not so at Namaste I ... More >>
In this week's review of Azitra, I write about dishes with names you might not never have heard of, such as kaali mirch ka murg or chicken hariyali lazzatdar. But even if you know your chana from paneer, you still might need help pinpointing the spices that give your favorite Indian dish its flavor. ... More >>
I know better than to shop when hungry. That's when I end up with stuff I don't really want, like canned soup or a frozen dinner, or stuff my kids want that I normally say no to, like Cocoa Krispies. On this particular night, I managed to resist their call for chocolaty snap, crackle and pop, but I ... More >>
Jagdish Singh India's Castle 9555 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village 303-782-9700 www.indiascastle.com This is part two of my interview with Jagdish Singh, exec chef of India's Castle; part one of our interview ran yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant other than your own: Tuk Tuk. Wha ... More >>
Jagdish Singh India's Castle 9555 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village 303-782-9700 www.indiascastle.com Jagdish Singh is prepping himself for a photo shoot, and he's not happy with the ski cap pulled down over his dark hair. He leaps up from the table, hurries to the kitchen and returns donning ... More >>
You can get chicken tikka masala here, as well as vindaloo and biryani, but this is a restaurant -- Indian, obviously -- that offers so much more, including a delicious cashew chicken curry strewn with cilantro. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct ans ... More >>
When we noticed that a restaurant named Masala Xpress had set up shop in the Aurora Mall, our first hope was that it might be a quick-service outpost of Masalaa, the restaurant on South Parker Road that serves an all-vegetarian menu and landed our Best Vegetarian Indian Buffet award in this year's B ... More >>
The sun set on Boulder's 8island Hawaiian BBQ around the new year, and the city lost one of the only places you could find a Hawaiian plate lunch. We haven't heard from former 8island owner Michael Iuchi since he shuttered the joint, but the address, at least, has gotten new life.
"I could have kept it open for a few more weeks, but I was just done and wanted to get out," admits Ghugi Singh, the owner of India House, which served its last meal in LoDo on Saturday night. Singh, who opened the elegant India House in 2007 in the same quarters that originally housed Delhi Darbar ... More >>
In the two days since Bombay Bowl, Denver's only fast-casual Indian restaurant, was featured prominently in the dining section of the New York Times, owner Amar Singh has been inundated with franchising offers from all over the globe.
We've lauded the lunch buffet at Little India in our annual Best of Denver issue more than once. Although you might think that one Indian-food buffet is pretty much like any other, Little India's stands out for a couple of reasons: It's refilled frequently with a wide variety of food -- and ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere's no shortage of Indian restaurants in this city, but with the exception of a few -- Jai Ho and Masalaa -- they're mostly carbon copies of one another. Add now we can add another mimic to the lineup: India's Best Restaurant & Bar, which opened recently in a Littleton small m ... More >>
We know we were just in Golden last week -- but we couldn't leave without first visiting Sherpa House, 1518 Washington Avenue, after perusing the restaurant's menu online. The eatery-slash-cultural-center is decorated inside to resemble an authentic Himalayan home; one dining-room wall featur ... More >>
Lori MidsonLamb vindaloo from Cuisine of the Himalayas.We're equal opportunity in our love for Indian food, favoring specialties from both the north and the south, and marveling at the way chefs from all over the country blend spices into complexly layered stews. And here in Denver, we're alw ... More >>
Mark MangerCrispy crepe ready to roll off the plate straight into your tummy, according to Jai Ho's menu.The first time I ate at Jai Ho for this week's cafe review, I spent several minutes staring at the menu. It was unlike any I'd ever seen: incredibly amusing yet borderline useless, with de ... More >>
Mark MangerUntil last year, Sathya and Sujatha Narayan had never run a restaurant -- but they saw such a gaping hole in Denver's Indian food scene, that they couldn't resist picking up an Aurora strip mall spot and giving it a go, opening Jai Ho last spring.
Govinda's Buffet, the restaurant in the Krishna center at 1400 Cherry Street, has reopened after a year-long hiatus, with a buffet that features "karma-free spiritual vegetarian food" cooked by a Brahmanical chef and blessed by Krishna. What that translates to: all-you-can-eat vegetarian fa ... More >>
Nestled in a nondescript Lakewood strip mall, Namaste (3355 South Wadsworth Boulevard) is easy to overlook. But that would be a big mistake, because this little venue dishes up some of the best Indian/Nepalese food in the metro area, with at least a dozen vegetarian entrees -- not counting th ... More >>
A new Indian restaurant featuring cuisine from both the North and South of India opened last Friday at 3055 South Parker Road in Aurora. Jai Ho Indian Kitchen, Bar, and Lounge has a lengthy menu with many chicken dishes, as well as a handful of mutton, biriyanis, and quite a few seafood and ... More >>
Mark MangerRatna and Macchendra Shrestha at Nepal Cuisine.Jason Sheehan just reviewed Nepal Cuisine, where he found more than enough momo to keep him warm through these upcoming winter months. On momo alone, Nepal Cuisine easily ranks among the top ten Indian and Nepalese restaurants in the ... More >>
I've always loved Indian food, and since becoming a vegetarian six years ago, I've fallen for it even harder. The cuisine offers an abundance of exciting vegetarian options, including my standby dishes of saag paneer (cheese cubes in creamy spinach) and samosas. But every Indian restaurant I visit s ... More >>
If this chef is good enough for the Dalai Lama, hes good enough for you.
Indian food with a sweet, spicy, elegant edge.
Food fit for a king.
Indian comfort food shines on.
Some like it hot.
After a disappointing evening, this Indian restaurant is a real gem.
I've eaten tandoori while driving and samosa in bed. I've made entire meals of naan and puri and yogurt. During a brief stint as an unwilling vegetarian (I did it for a girl, mostly because the only thing on earth better than pork is pussy, and I had to give up one or the other), I lived on Indian ... More >>
Its location looks dull, but Namaste is far from it.
The Royal Peacock has everything to do with love.
Masalaa makes good food that happens to be good for you.
The saag's great, the rest sags.
Star of India shines bright, hot -- and unpredictably.
At Denver Woodlands, comfort food is cool -- even if the critic isn't.