Best Indian Restaurant - 2012
It's impossible to walk into Gandhi Mahal and get that first heady, intoxicating whiff of garam masala, coriander, and fenugreek and not become instantly ravenous. To quiet your growling stomach, start your meal with the avocado chutney and garlic naan bread — sort of an Indian spin on chips and guac — or the toasty eggplant pakora. Does your dinner crew include members with various dietary restrictions? Vegetarians, the lactose intolerant, gluten-free, and omnivores can dine together in perfect harmony at Gandhi Mahal, enjoying the endless bounty of northern Indian specialties. Changing seasonal menus offer even more options, such as the rich chashi motor paneer, a silky sauce made with ground almonds and cashews that smothers fresh peas and a mild-tasting homemade fresh cheese, or a marinated bone-in rack of lamb that, like most of Gandhi Mahal's dishes, is big enough to share. In many Indian restaurants your choices for dessert are limited to kheer or those little syrupy fried dough balls, which are, of course, quite delicious, but Gandhi makes a saffron-pistachio ice cream that will blow you away. Did you know they deliver?