Indian food is the delicious combination of hot curry, cool yogurt, and exotic spices that truly can’t be beaten. If that description has you curious (or it made you hungry), here are half a dozen places to dine in Fort Worth.
Bombay Grill’s location (across the parking lot from Central Market) probably hasn’t hurt this mainstay of Indian cuisine in Fort Worth. The menu is a vegetarian’s paradise, although lamb, beef and chicken dishes are also well-represented.
Maharaja is also one of Fort Worth’s longest-tenured Indian restaurants, and the slightly more formal, courtly atmosphere makes this somewhat of a celebration restaurant. You can even book a DJ if you’re in a party mood. The list of breads on the menu –– naan, roti, parantha, and kulcha –– is phenomenal, and a carb-lover’s dream.
At Mela, beef isn’t on the menu, but the traditional Indian fare is supplemented by cuisine from the hill regions of neighboring Nepal, Kashmir, and even a handful of Indo-Chinese items. Most of the unusual food isn’t served in the lunch buffet –– skip the sterno cans and order from the menu.
Namaste is a super-casual, family-owned restaurant, and there’s no buffet in this former Sonic. Order from the menu in front of you or from the additional specials listed on a second menu on the wall. Pro tip: Don’t miss what’s up on the wall, and don’t be afraid to ask your server for help in deciphering the options.
Sana Indian Restaurant and Grocery
Sana Indian Restaurant and Grocery offers a variety of dishes from the whole of the region, including selections from the cuisine of Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you like what you’re tasting, the grocery can set you up to cook the food you like, with chutneys and the spices that are traditional to Indian cooking.
Swad Indian and Nepalese
Swad Indian and Nepalese Cuisine is another newer restaurant that mashes up Indian cuisine with food and spices from neighboring areas. As the name suggests, eight different kinds of Himalayan momo (Nepalese dumplings) are on offer, along with spring rolls and at least one fried rice and protein special daily if you are concerned about the spice levels.
Like Tex-Mex, Chinese, or any other cuisine, the food is regional. In northern India, you’ll find the scrumptious breads (like naan and roti), along with dairy, garam masala spices, and the tandoor oven. To the west, vegetarian cuisine reigns and the proximity to the coastline means more fish. Rice, fruit, dairy, veggies, and mustard-and-fenugreek based spice are staples of eastern Indian menus, and in southern India, rice and lentils, sour tamarind, spicy curry and stews dominate the plates.