In Dining

An Indian lunch buffet means a loaded plate and the need for a nap immediately following. (PHOTO: Royal Brevvaxling)

In Dining

Maharaja is a popular East Side lunch spot. (PHOTO: Royal Brevvaxling)

Indian restaurant guide

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One of the best aspects of Indian food is that it appeases meat eaters and vegetarians alike, and whether you order a lamb, beef or chicken dish – or one made with potatoes or lentils – the eating experience is equally as satisfying.

Indian dishes are usually presented in small serving vessels and self-scooped over basmati rice, which is usually served "family style" at the table. Sauces, called chutneys, are used as condiments.

Many to most Indian restaurants offer a buffet – usually during lunch and on weekends – which is the best way for newbies to familiarize with Indian cuisine.


Indian bread, called naan, is available stuffed or plain, and is ideal as a "side," or as a way to transport food to mouth, similar to Ethiopian dining. Traditionally, Indian food was not eaten with utensils, but in modern India, and definitely in Western Indian restaurants, silverware is used.

Some say Indian food is an acquired taste due to the combination of spices used like curry, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, but for others, the subtle and striking flavors are the very reason they crave Indian food.

In any case, Indian food is a highly evolved style of cooking that's been around for 3,000 years. Lucky for us, Milwaukee is home to many great Indian food restaurants, so whether it's already a favorite, or you want to experiment with new tastes, here's a guide to local Indian eateries.

Anmol Restaurant
711 W. Historic Mitchell St., (414) 672-7878
This moderately-priced restaurant will serve up generous portions of carefully-spiced dishes and also offers Pakistani fare. The biryani is a favorite, along with the garlic naan.

Bollywood Grill
1038 N. Jackson St, (414) 271-8200
Bollywood Grill (formerly Mayura) offers up Indian cuisine, favoring the flavors of northern India. Bollywood is home to a popular lunchtime buffet.

Bombay Sweets
3401 S. 13th St., (414) 383-3553

Bombay Sweets is one of Milwaukee's most affordable Indian restaurants. It's a no-frills environment with stellar vegetarian recipes.

Cafe India
605 s. 1st St., (414)224-5444
2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 837-6121
The 1st Street location is a small eatery in a strip mall whereas the second location is a much larger, sit-down restaurant with traditional ambiance and a large buffet as well as a regular menu.

India Garden
29130 N. 117th St., (414) 235-9220
The owners are the original owners of Maharaja and opened this full-service Indian restaurant in Wauwatosa. India Garden is known for its modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes.



India Palace
7107 S. 76th St., (414) 235-9809
A casual strip-mall eatery in Franklin featuring curry, chicken tikka and other Indian staples along with a lunch buffet.

Indian Delight
140 E. Drexel Ave., (414) 301-5091
A vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Indian restaurant in Oak Creek.

Indian Village Restaurant
7640 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 585-9777
A simple cafe in Greenfield offering a familiar menu of classic Indian fare, including a buffet and vegetarian dishes.

Maharaja Restaurant
1550 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-2250

Maharaja is an East Side classic with a full bar and Indian menu along with a popular lunch buffet.

Royal India
3400 S. 27th St., (414) 647-9600

Royal India is a sit-down restaurant with a lunch buffet and a full menu.

Shah Jee's Restaurant
770 N. Jefferson St., (414) 271-5354
3116 N. Downer Ave., (414) 800-6053
3933 S. 76th St.
Technically speaking, this is a Pakistani restaurant, but there's a lot of crossover in dishes and flavor.

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
5114 S. 108th St., (414) 427-5900

Easy-going Indian eatery in Hales Corner with classic like chicken tikka masala and goat curry that also delivers.

Tandoor House
1117 S. 108th St., (414) 777-1600

Tandoor offers a lunch buffet and a full dinner menu. It's best known for its beef curry.

Taste of India
17800 W. Bluemound Rd., (262) 796-8200

A casual environment featuring a menu of traditional Indian/Indo-Chinese fare and a large lunch buffet.

Talkbacks

07052008 | April 5, 2009 at 6:14 p.m. (report)

Saffron Indian Bistro is probably the worst Indian restaurant I have ever come across in Milwaukee till date. I went there a couple of days back and ordered for the ubiquitous 'Gobi Manchurian' served as an appetizer in almost any Indian restaurant. When the dish turned up it was bright red thanks to an extra generous use of coloring agents and to my surprise there were exactly 3 pieces of Gobi hidden amidst a plateful of Onions and green pepper. This is definitely not gobi Manchurian. We still went ahead and tasted it and it was awful.... When we called the restaurant manager and asked him abt the dish, he was rude and told us 'This is how we make it'. I do not understand why you would name a dish 'Gobi' and serve onions instead!!!! Not only that ,half the items on their menu was not available since they didn't have a chef to cook those Menu items.Why put them on the menu then? All in all it was a very bad dining experience at Saffron Indian Bistro.

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RJ | Sept. 27, 2008 at 7:14 p.m. (report)

Though not a restaurant per se, Shah Jee (in the basement of 770 N. Jefferson) serves a limited number of Indian/Pakistani dishes for lunch during work days.

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