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Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver
Danielle Lirette

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 heat. Here, in no particular order, are our ten favorite Indian restaurants in the Denver area.

See also: Twelve best restaurants on Larimer Street

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

10) India's Castle

9555 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial

Since 2005, India's Castle has offered authentic tastes of Punjab, a state in the northern region of India. Tapestries and cozy lighting make a comfortable setting as you feast on kormas, curries, flaky samosas and creamy saag. And as an added bonus on Fridays, you can experience India Castle's weekly belly-dancing night.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

9) Azitra

535 Zang Street, Suite C, Broomfield

Azitra, dubbed an "Indian culinary nirvana," is a departure from your typical Indian restaurant in both design (modern and minimal) and menu, which is divided into two categories: contemporary offerings and traditional entrees. The contemporary offerings range from a tulsi-scented salmon filet in spiced coconut creme to a masala-spiced rack of lamb; goat curry, spiced vindaloo and steamed biryanis satisfy cravings for old standbys.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver
Amber Taufen

8) Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub

7803 Ralston Road, Arvada

Yak & Yeti serves up perfectly-spiced Indian and Nepalese fare -- with the additional draw of award-winning beers, brewed in-house and inspired by Indian flavors. Diners can enjoy a Himalayan IPA or Chai Stout while cleaning a plate loaded at the all-you-can-eat buffet. That spread is packed with carnivorous and vegetarian options, including daal, paneer pakora, tandoori breads and meats, masala, vindaloo and Tibetan thupka. For added atmosphere, it's all served in the oldest house in Arvada.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

6) Namaste India

5545 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada

Two students from Nepal opened Namaste India in Arvada this year, adding to the area's ethnic mix. The extensive menu includes homestyle favorites: sauce-laden, lightly-spiced meats and curry, plus vindaloo, masala and saag that will please almost any palate -- although our reviewer thought the kitchen could be a little more adventurous.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

5) India's Best

1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton

India's Best, a family-run Indian joint opened by restaurant vet Hardial Singh, turned a former strip-mall bar into a passage to India. The atmosphere may be bare-bones, but the menu has everything you could want, from clay-oven meats marinated in yogurt, garlic, and ginger, to endless variations of curry, masala, korma and vindaloo. Don't miss the lamb madras rubbed with hot spices, or the tender butter chicken.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

4) Masalaa

3140 South Parker Road, Aurora

Masalaa has carved out a special spot for itself in the area's array of Indian options: It's food of southern India, all vegetarian, and mostly vegan and gluten-free -- but there's no compromising on flavor. The sprawling menu has many interesting options, featuring a host of fresh vegetables and a vast array of spices. The shabnam curry, for example, mixes mushrooms and green peas, then cooks them with onions and a tomato gravy tempered with curry leaves and red chili. A favorite spot.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver
Hunter Stevens

3) Bombay Bowl

575 Lincoln Street

Bombay Bowl, the fast-casual Indian concept, was inspired by a need for quality Indian food, fresh and cheap. The menu at Bombay Bowl caters to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, offering bowls, plates and rolls with your choice of tikka masala, saag, curry, channa masala or peeli daal. Add spiced tofu, chicken or beef, plus naan, samosas or a creamy mango lassi, and you have an exotic, healthy, inexpensive meal to go.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

2) Namaste

3355 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood

If you're heading to Namaste, make sure you've emptied the rest of your day. The vast menu, which ranges from traditional Indian to Tibetan, has something for everyone, and the lunch buffet alone could keep you occupied for hours. Food can be ordered as hot as you can handle.

Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

1) India's Restaurant

7400 East Hampden Avenue

India's Restaurant has been turning out plates of authentic Indian specialties for the last two decades, and continues to do it well. Expect expertly-spiced curries, tandoori meats fresh from the charcoal-fired clay oven, and a host of beautifully prepared vegetarian dishes, including creamy dal makhani and spiced aloo gobi. The service is friendly and efficient, and the setting is upscale and exotic. The winner of our Best of Denver 2013 Best Indian Restaurant award -- and with good reason.


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India's Castle

9555 E. Arapahoe Road
Englewood, CO 80112

303-782-9700

www.indiascastle.com

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Azitra

535 Zang St.
Broomfield, CO 80021

303-465-4444

www.azitra.us

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Yak and Yeti

7803 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002

303-431-9000

www.theyakandyeti.com

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Star of India

3106 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014

303-755-1921

www.starofindiadenver.com

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Namaste India

5545 Wadsworth Bypass
Arvada, CO 80002

303-940-2517

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India's Best
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Masalaa

3140 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014

303-755-6272

www.masalaausa.com

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Bombay Bowl

575 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

303-645-4680

www.bombaybowl.com

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3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Denver, CO 80227

720-963-4005

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Cuisine of the Himalayas

1262 Bergen Parkway
Centennial, CO 80439

303-670-3370

www.cuisineofthehimalayas.com


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