Thursday, February 6, 2014

Taj: This Week's Dining Review

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Tandoor Fish Tikka
In this week's Dining column in the Scene, Steve Cavendish reviews Taj, a relatively new Indian restaurant on Nolensville Road.

The buzz on Taj has been very good, and Cavendish says he had been hearing from many friends and co-workers urging him to check it out.

To help him navigate the menu, Cavendish enlisted the help of a guide, a prominent local culinarian of Indian descent. After his visits, Cavendish came up with a few suggestions for the rest of us eager to dine at Taj:

— Skip the buffet. Look, I know buffets are convenient and sometimes a good value, but everything I tasted on the buffet at Taj was inferior to anything I ordered on their menu. Indian cuisine, like any other, has no immunity against heat lamps and warming tables.

— Just order from the menu (which has clear descriptions in English), because if you do, you end up with great things like bhindi masala ($9.95) — an utterly comforting okra dish — and goat curry ($12.95), slightly chewier than beef but with more flavor.

And if you're unsure of what to do, wander over to the tandoori section of the menu, close your eyes and put your finger down on something. Everything we had from that oven was excellent.

Read the full review here. And if you've been to Taj, feel free to share experiences in the comments below.

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