Based on some of the oldest cooking techniques and recipes known to the modern day culinary culture, Indian food has influenced the taste buds of foodies around the world while maintaining many of its traditional grass roots. These unique dishes don’t conform to the notion of adding of a dash of this or a sprinkle of that. Instead, Indian food uses a large amount of unique spices to remind us of just how much flavor dishes can have. This list consists of the top five places to not only enjoy the journey that is Indian food, but also the wonderful culture that embraces it.
Lunch Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Hours : Mon to Sun – 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Voted “Best Indian Restaurant” and “Best Lunch Buffett” time and time again, there is no question that Little India provides its customers the total package when it comes to an authentic Indian experience. Using the freshest ingredients possible, the chefs (who that started their careers in northern India) mix up dishes to create a large and variety-filled menu. The signature curry is a must-try while taking in the environment of Indian music and art.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Brew Pub
7803 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., On Menu: Mon to Sun – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dinner Buffett: Fri & Sat – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A perfect place for either a nice and intimate date or a dinner with the whole family, Yak & Yeti has a comfortable atmosphere with a space that showcases the beautiful scenery in Colorado. Yak & Yeti, named after the importance of yaks to the Nepalese, has another location in Westminster, while the Arvada restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian home. Holding true to the traditions of Indian food with recipes passed down for generations, Yak & Yeti provides its customers with the option of buffet and menu items that pair wonderfully with the venue’s Colorado craft beer. Don’t miss the five different kinds of curry dishes in addition to many tandoori and masala favorites.
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Jewel of India
10343 Federal Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80260
Lunch Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sat & Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dinner Hours: Sun to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri & Sat – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Making hospitality just as important of an art form as the Indian food it serves, Jewel of India is without question one of the most delicious and friendly establishments around. With its use of fresh spices and top quality ingredients, guests are greeted by delightful aromas of fragrant food. The restaurant serves baked-to-order breads and special children’s plates, so feel free to bring the kids. Adults with more adventurous palates can choose from made-to-order tandoori entrees; each is customized to the diner’s preferences and can be served spiced, mild, medium or hot.
Sherpa House Restaurant
1518 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Lunch Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Hours: Mon to Sun – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As soon as you arrive through the front door of Sherpa House, you’ll feel you have taken a trip to the heart the Himalayas. A normal restaurant outing becomes a true cultural experience. With a wide variety of traditional foods, you’ll have your fill of Sherpa culture. Fresh aromas fill the air with every breath, making Sherpa House a must for anyone who loves (or is curious about) what Indian food from the Nepal region is all about. Sherpa House also caters and organizes humanitarian trips to Nepal.
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1075 E South Boulder Road
Louisville, CO 80027
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Mon to Sun – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Many speed through their drive from Denver to Boulder, never really sure what they are passing by. Taj Mahal has a certain reputation of kind and friendly service with excellent food that might make commuters think twice before speeding down the highway past it. Using fresh ingredients and plenty of spices, the restaurant offers its customers numerous dining options, making it one of the top Indian restaurants the state has to offer.
Zack Christofferson is a freelance writer living in Denver. Deeply devoted to all things food and drink, Zack can be found tasting the best liquid and solid indulgences that Denver has to offer morning, afternoon and night. His work can be found here