The menu covers many regions of the Subcontinent, with an emphasis on Southern cuisine and a few Indo-Chinese dishes from the Manchurian region. Asiana has won over the neighborhood with authentic, lesser-known dishes appearing on weekends, as well as a great lunchtime experience.
For weekday lunch try the tahli platter, with meat or vegetarian style, which includes nine items that change daily. Appetizers like Chicken 65, fried chicken morsels.
Everything we've had has been amazingly good. Complex and richly layered sauces and superb breads form a large and unique menu.
Be sated by one of the biryanis or the aloo paratha, whole-wheat bread stuffed with potatoes and peas.
Our favorite dishes here are the dahl makhani, perfect lentils in a creamy sauce; and Malabar, with lamb, coconut, and caramelized onions. The level of spiciness here depends on who is in the kitchen on a given night, so it's a good idea to ask.
This vegetarian restaurant offers spiced vegetable dishes served with white or tamarind rice for lunch and a wide selection of reasonably priced appetizers, dosai, and sambar for dinner.
This restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Malvan and Konkan on the western coast of India. The menu leans heavily vegetarian, with seafood, chicken, and a very light dose of lamb thrown in for good measure.
This family-owned place has a massive menu, covering several regional cuisines. Insiders know the lunch buffet is packed, offering fresh naan, appetizers, meat curries, vegan dishes, tandoori specialties, soups, salad, and dessert, at a reasonable price. For a more formal repast, go in the evening for prompt and courteous service.
This North Austin restaurant offers the most extensive Indian menu in the city with pages of North and South Indian specialties.
Sample Pakistani food that's second to none and a bhunna ghosht that'll really make you sweat. You can try the buffet, but it's even better to take a chance on the menu items.
The house specialty is the Maharaja Dinner, a spread fit for royalty. Lesser mortals will be sated by one of the biryanis or a tangy vindaloo.
The Thali Special is probably the best sampler for newbies, but you can't go wrong with the different dosas they offer. Show up hungry.
The menu at this cozy outpost of Taj Palace includes a variety of meat, fish, and vegetables that have been marinated in yogurt and spices before a trip to the ultra-hot tandoor. For a richer option, we love the saag curry with shrimp, creamy spinach studded with plump shimp. The menu here is almost identical to its sister restaurant Taj Palace, and the lunch menu remains at the same price point.
Open since 1990, Taj Palace serves the royal court cuisine of North India in an opulent setting.
Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin. Support the Chronicle