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Taste Of India

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Lentil Soup
Chicken Soup
Tomato Soup
Aloo Chaat
Cubes of boiled potatoes in spicy sauce with cubes of cucumber and tomato
Chicken Chaat
Cubes of marinated boneless chicken cooked in a clay oven tossed in a spicy sauce with cubes of cucumber and tomato
Kutchumber Salad
Indian style salad of freshly chopped vegetables slightly seasoned
Aloo Tikki
Mashed potato patties dipped in chick pea batter
Paneer Pakora
Homemade cheese deep fried in chick pea batter
Vegetable Samosa
Crispy cone pouches stuffed with mildly spiced vegetable (two per order)
Onion Bhajia
Fresh onion fritters
Vegetable Pakoras
Mildly spiced vegetable fritters
Vegetable Platter
Assorted vegetarian appetizers
Chicken Pakora
Cubes of boneless chicken marinated and dipped in chick pea batter and deep fried
Shrimp Poori
Fresh shrimp flavored with garlic, mustard seed and curry leaves
Tandoori Tid Bits
(Tandoori Mixed Appetizer) Seekh Kebab, Chicken Tikka and Boti Kebab
Meat Samosa
Crispy patties stuffed with mildly spiced ground lamb meat (two per order)
House Special Appetizer / Mixed Platter
Assorted vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers
Especially from the northern part of India, dishes are prepared in a special clay oven known as Tandoor. Tandoor is a traditional charcoal fired clay oven, shaped like a pitcher, which returns juices and flavors of meats and bakes them to perfection. Indian Breads like Tandoori Roti and Tandoori Naan are also baked in the Tandoor, giving them a distinct taste and flavor
Boti Kebab
Cubes of lamb flavored with ginger and garlic cooked in the tandoor
Chicken Tikka
Boneless chunks of chicken delicately flavored and broiled in the tandoor
Seekh Kebab
Lamb minced meat seasoned with herbs and spices grilled on skewers
Tandoori Mixed Grill
A platter of assorted tandoori delicies: Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab, Boti Kebab, Fish Tikka, Shrimp Tandoori and Chicken Tandoori
Mixed Vegetable Grill
Mixed vegetables marinated in ginger, garlic and Indian spices (broccoli, green pepper, yellow squash, corn, onion and carrots)
Chicken Tandoori
An Indian favorite! Marinated overnight in yogurt and freshly ground spices, broiled in the tandoor
Fish Tandoori
Fresh Salmon delicately flavored and marinated in yogurt and baked on skewers in the tandoor oven
Shrimp Tandoori
Jumbo shrimp delicately spiced and marinated in yogurt and baked on skewers in the tandoor oven
Reshmi Kebab
Very tender pieces of chicken marinated in Indian spices with light creamy sauce
Chicken Curry
Skinless, boneless chicken cooked in our mildly spiced curry sauce
Chicken Jalfrezie
Tender chicken pieces with freshly ground herbs and spices sautéed with mixed vegetables
Chicken Korma
Boneless chicken cooked in a mild rich sauce, cashews and cream
Chicken Vindaloo
Very hot spiced chicken cooked with potatoes and a touch of vinegar
Pistachio Chicken Korma
Boneless breast of chicken cooked in pistachio nuts, yogurt, tomatoes and spices
Chicken Saag
Chicken chunks cooked in a mild spinach gravy
Chicken Tikka Masala
Tender skinless and boneless chicken marinated in a blend of ginger, garlic, yogurt and herbs baked in the tandoor and sautéed with tomatoes and cream
Chicken Patia
Mildly spiced chicken cooked in mango, tomatoes and a touch sugar, lemon juice, herbs and spices
Chicken Mushroom
Boneless pieces of chicken and mushrooms cooked in a mild and rich gravy
Lamb Curry
Tender morsels of lamb served in a robust curry of tomatoes, ginger, onions and spices
Lamb Jalfrezie
Tender cubes of lamb and freshly ground herbs and spices sautéed with mixed vegetables
Lamb Boti Kebab Masala
A northern delicacy! Juicy pieces of lamb marinated overnight and then simmered in light sauce yogurt, onion and mild spices
Lamb Patia
Mildly spiced lamb cooked in mango, tomatoes, touch of sugar, lemon juice, herbs and spices
Rogan Josh
Lamb cubes cooked with tomatoes in freshly ground spices and yogurt sauce
Lamb Bhuna
Lamb sautéed in onions, tomatoes, green peppers and a fine selection of Indian spices, herbs and slow-cooked to a flavorsome aromatic dish
Lamb Saag
Tender cubes of lamb cooked with spinach
Lamb Korma
Lamb cubes cooked in a mild rich sauce, cashews and cream
Lamb Pasanda
Lamb cubes cooked with lite creamy sauce, herbs, spices and cashew nuts
Lamb Vindaloo
Very hot and spiced lamb cooked with potatoes and a touch of vinegar
Fish Curry
Fresh Salmon cooked in Kerala style sauce with coconut
Fish Tikka Masala
Boneless pieces of Salmon cooked with very mild tomato and cream sauce
Shrimp Vindaloo
Very hot and spiced shrimp cooked with potatoes and a touch of vinegar
Shrimp Tandoori Masala
Tandoori shrimp cooked in golden brown masala sauce
Seafood Vindaloo
Very hot spiced fish, shrimp, scallop and mussels cooked with potatoes and a touch of vinegar
Scallop Tikka Masala
Fish Vindaloo
Very hot-spiced Salmon cooked with potatoes and a touch of vinegar
Shrimp Curry
Shrimp cooked with onions and fresh tomatoes
Shrimp Jalfrezie
Shrimp cooked in thick sauce with mixed vegetables
Seafood Curry
Salmon, shrimp, scallop and mussels cooked in tomato, ginger, onion and Indian spices
Vegetable Biryani
Mixed vegetables cooked in mild spices and nuts with aromatic basmati rice
Lamb Biryani
Aromatic basmati rice cooked in a special mix of mild spices and nuts
House Special Biryani
Aromatic basmati rice cooked with shrimp, lamb, chicken, vegetables and nuts
Peas Pulow
Basmati Rice sautéed with green peas, nuts and raisins
Chicken Biryani
Aromatic basmati rice cooked in a special mix of mild spices and nuts
Shrimp Biryani
Aromatic basmati rice cooked in a special mix of mild spices and nuts
Plain Basmati Rice
Sadani Pulow
Basmati rice sautéed with eggs, nuts and raisins
Aloo Gobi
Mildly spiced potato and cauliflower
Aloo Palak
Potatoes cooked with spinach in a special blend of spices
Baingan Bharta
Eggplant baked in an oven and finished with onion, ginger and tomatoes
Bhindi Masala
Fresh okra sautéed with onions and spices
Dal Makhani
A mix of lentils with kidney beans, flavored with ginger and cilantro
Mattar Paneer
Green peas and cheese cooked in a thick curry sauce
Malai Kofta
Vegetable dumpling in a mild creamy sauce with nuts and raisins
Saag Paneer
A delicious combination of homemade cheese and spinach
Vegetable Patia
Mixed Vegetables cooked in mango and blend of Indian spices
Dal Tadka
Yellow lentil cooked with ginger, garlic, onion tomato and spices
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

The main dishes were fine here, but the naan and the staff pulled the rating down a star. First there is no parking. It's in a pedestrian mall and you're going to have to park in a garage and walk. Even then it's not too...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MichaelRShannon
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Small restaurant in historic downtown of Charlottesville. We went down using the little spiral staircase and no one was there to greet or welcome us. I saw they were preparing for some event and no one was there to ask me if I want a...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank anshumanpanda
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

The food is great. I think people coming for the buffet are disappointed but it's a buffet so it's never going to be the best they can do. Order dinner off the menu and you won't be disappointed. I first came here because I love...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Erin F
Reviewed May 3, 2018

This place was a bit hard to find, Without a GPS so we knew it was here we probably would have missed it. The restaurant itself is on a lower level accessed by a spiral staircase. The servers seemed to struggle with English, but after...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank wmsolywa
Reviewed April 5, 2018

This is a charming little restaurant on the lovely downtown mall. I adore the vintage spiral staircase to take you to the lower level entrance. The welcome and service was personal and friendly/professional. Great ambiance. However, we were a bit disappointed with the food. The...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Traveler112490
Reviewed April 2, 2018

The restaurant is located in the Downtown mall and the food was average at best. The dessert were also okish.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Jikuza
Reviewed January 26, 2018

This restaurant is located below grade level on the downtown mall, which means it may be overlooked by people walking by. But if you like Indian food, this is definitely worth a try. We had two chicken dishes, and asked for them to be "medium"...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank putnik123
Reviewed January 3, 2018

We went to eat at this restaurant on Christmas eve when most every other restaurant in Charlottesville was closed - so we were grateful to get out of the cold and enter the basement Indian restaurant. We were greeted by the smells of lovely Indian...More

Date of visit: December 2017
1  Thank HelpfulAngel
Reviewed December 9, 2017

We visited here for a work lunch. The food was decent, served buffet style. The staff, however, seemed annoyed that we were there. We were not greeted at the door and were stuck awkwardly in the doorway for several minutes. The restaurant was practically empty....More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Special Agent M... T
Reviewed October 25, 2017

Don't let the location keep you away. Taste of India is in a place that has killed many restaurants--a basement. I hope for all concerned that word will spread that they serve above average Indian food at below average prices. My wife and I enjoyed...More

Date of visit: October 2017
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