Friday, May 29, 2020

Bombay House  This biryani mainstay is sublimely satisfying, from the wise-cracking Sikh host to the friendly server, from the vegetarian entrees to the tandoor’s -carnivore’s delights. No wonder it’s been Salt Lake’s favorite subcontinental restaurant for 20 years. 2731 E. Parley’s Way, SLC, 801-581-0222; 463 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-6677; 7726 Campus View Dr., West Jordan, 801-282-0777. $$ – $$$

Copper Bowl  An excellent Indian restaurant, Copper Bowl is chic, upscale and classy, with a full bar and an adventurous menu, especially compared with most local Indian eateries. 214. W. 600 South, SLC, 801-532-2322. EGM

Curry in a Hurry  The Nisar family’s restaurant is tiny, but fast service and fair prices make this a great take-out spot. But if you opt to dine in, there’s always a Bollywood film on the telly. 2020 S. State St., SLC, 801-467-4137. $

Himalayan Kitchen  SLC’s premier Indian-Nepalese restaurant features original art, imported copper serving utensils and an ever-expanding menu. Start the meal with momos, fat little dumplings like pot stickers. All the tandoor dishes are good, but Himalayan food is rare, so go for the quanty masala, a stew made of nine different beans. 360 S. State St., SLC, 801-328-2077. $$

Kathmandu  Try the Nepalese specialties, including spicy pickles to set off the tandoor-roasted meats. Both goat and sami, a kibbeh-like mixture of ground lamb and lentils, are available in several styles. 3142 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-466-3504. $$

Royal India  Northern Indian tikka masalas and Southern Indian dosas allow diners to enjoy the full range of Indian cuisine. 10263 S. 1300 East, Sandy, 801-572-6123; 55 N. Main St., Bountiful, 801-292-1835. $ – $$

Saffron Valley East India Cafe Lavanya Mahate has imported her style of Indian cooking from South Jordan to SLC. Besides terrific lunch and dinner menus, East Indian Cafe offers regular celebrations of specialties like Indian street food or kebabs. Stay tuned. 26 East St., SLC, 801-203-3325. $$ – $$$

Saffron Valley  Highlighting South Indian street food, one of the glories of subcontinental cuisine, Lavanya Mahate’s restaurant is a cultural as well as culinary center, offering cooking classes, specialty groceries and celebration as well as great food. 1098 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, 801-438-4823. $ – $$

Spice Bistro  India meets the Rat Pack in this restaurant, but the food is all subcontintental soul: spicy curries, Nepalese momos, chicken chili, goat and lots of vegetarian options. A number of American dishes are on the menu, too. 6121 S. Highland Dr., 801-930-9855. $$ – $$$

Tandoor Indian Grill  Delicious salmon tandoori, sizzling on a plate with onions and peppers like fajitas, is mysteriously not overcooked. Friendly service. 733 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-486-4542. $ – $$

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