Las Vegas is known as a foodie destination for a reason. Aside from its many celebrity chef restaurants, it is home to an assortment of eateries specializing in international fare, so guests can savor several types of cuisine without ever needing a passport. If you’re craving Indian food, surprisingly most of the city’s best Indian restaurants are actually found off-Strip—although there are a couple of gems close by. Here’s a look at what’s on the menu at five of the city’s most delectable Indian establishments.
Gandhi India’s Cuisine
4080 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Serving Las Vegas since 1993, Gandhi has long been a favorite with locals and visitors alike. One step inside the recently renovated restaurant and the rich aromas are sure to leave guests salivating over its traditional Indian dishes. Specialties include the rogan josh (lamb curry) and the bhindi masala—seasoned okra cooked with diced grilled onions and spices. Be sure to stop by for its lunch buffet offered daily from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., boasting items made with spices imported from India.
505 E. Twain Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Known for its extensive selection of northern and southern Indian specialties, this locals’ favorite attracts many Indian natives and dignitaries to its tables. During lunch hours, a lavish all-you-can-eat buffet is offered featuring traditional dishes such as tandoori chicken, lamb kabob and goat curry alongside vegetarian items like aloo sagg (spinach and potatoes) and lentil soup. For dinner, menu items range from the award-winning chicken tikka masala to fish tandoori (marinated fish broiled over mesquite in a tandoor). Other must-tries include the baingan bhartha (baked eggplant with herbs and spices) and the seekh kabob (minced lamb broiled on skewers).
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Origin India Restaurant and Bar
4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Offering a modern and refined approach to classic Indian cuisine, Origin India features a mouthwatering menu that changes seasonally. Guests can nosh on some of the best multi-regional cuisine India has to offer at Origin India’s weekday lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. or during its weekend brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you really want to treat your taste buds to a meal they won’t soon forget, try one of the chef’s tasting menus. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus are available, and guests can add on wine pairings for just $30 more. If you’d rather order à la carte, be sure to try the chutney chicken, chicken thighs simmered in a fresh mint, cilantro, onion and yogurt sauce blended with medium spices, or the jhinga nisha, jumbo shrimp marinated with pomegranate in a sour cream sauce.
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Royal India Bistro At Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Formerly Gaylord India Restaurant, this delectable eatery inside the Rio reopened under a new name in March of 2013. Specializing in Northern Indian cuisine, it still serves the same great food as before, just in a remodeled space. Each dish is prepared to ensure freshness and quality, using only the freshest hand-picked vegetables and original spices from India. Menu must-tries include the chicken tikka masala and the royal Indian dinner: shrimp masala, palak paneer, tandoori chicken, dal, rice, pulao, naan, chef choice dessert and chai.
Samosa Factory Indian Cuisine
4604 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 6
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Offering guests a true fine dining experience, Samosa Factory Indian Cuisine touts itself as Las Vegas’ original healthy Indian restaurant. Under the watchful eye of chef Rick Aco (who previously worked at TAO), Samosa never uses any MSG or artificial food coloring in its dishes. Its food is low in fat, not greasy and considered mild, though for those who want to spice things up, three different spice levels are available: medium, hot and extra hot. Gluten-free options are offered, too, as well as a separate vegan menu that’s popular with guests. Menu favorites include the butter chicken, chicken korma, vegetable samosas and masala fries. Although a lunch buffet isn’t offered, Samosa Factory does offer a menu of lunchtime specials Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with dishes starting at just $6.95.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.