Bowling Green
Campbell Lane
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31W Bypass
31W South
Scottsville Road

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Indian cooking is the newest cuisine to hit Bowling Green. It's unlike anything else, with its Nan Bread, Curry, Mangos and unique ways of fixing vegetables and meats. Kitchen devices like the Tandoor alllow even familiar ingredients to taste quite different. Local diners are still learning how to order and appreciate food at an Indian restaurant. Northern Indian cooking features Chiles (which we're all familiar with from Mexican cooking, but Asian chiles have far different flavors), Goats Milk and Lamb, while Southern Indian cooking brings Seafood, Mangos and Yogurt into the mix.

Currently, Bowling Green has only one Indian restaurant : Taj Palace on Scottsville Road. However, it's the most rapidly growing restaurant category in America and we're bound to see more opening over the next few years.

Taj Palace
Taj Palace is one of Bowling Green's treasures. That a small city of 55,000 even has an Indian restaurant is commendable, but this is a restaurant the quality of which would norrmally be expected in a city 10 times larger. The Mango Lassis is creamy and tangy, not an easy balance to achieve. At least one member of your group has to try this and pass it around. There are spicy pickled vegetables to tide you over and they're excellent. At lunch they offer an excellent Buffet, which allows you to sample a wide variety of meats and vegetables. Of the appetizers, we like their Vegetable Samosa (crisp patties stuffed with mashed potatoes, green peas and coriander) and Eggplant Pakora (the eggplant is deep fried). They offer the traditional Lentil Soup, and it's good, but we like their Tomato Soup better, with its delicate mix of Indian spices. Vegetarian Dinners for two or four at $25 and $45 are very good deals. They come with A LOT of food, a grand tour of every vegetable commonly used in Indian cuisine. There's also a Carnivorous Dinner For Two or Four at $35 and $65, which includes chicken and lamb fixed various ways, such as tandoori and vandaloo. Of the entrees, the Chicken Vandaloo (spicy sauces and potatoes) and Malai Kofta (vegetarian meatballs) get our vote. Both fish entrees feature Salmon. They're good, with a unique flavor thanks to the curry and Indian spices. There are six Shrimp entrees and one Lobster option. The most unique is the Shrimp Saag, cooking the Shrimp in spinach and spices. This is the only restaurant we've known to offer this. Save room for dessert as they have some unusual ones. Culab Jamun is golden fried milk. Mango Kulfee is Indian ice cream with mango pulp.
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