Local Indian Restaurant Returns After Hiatus

Taj Mahal Indian restaurant in Dallas | Image by Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant/Facebook

Following a 13-month hiatus, North Dallas residents can once again indulge in the mouth-watering cuisine of the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant.

The restaurant has relocated to a larger venue just one block south of its former premises. It can now be found at 10219 N. Central Expressway in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The Taj Mahal opened in the Meadow Central Market shopping center in 1986. Its chef and owner, 60-year-old Charanjit Gill, hails from Amritsar, India.

Gill’s parents moved to the United States in search of a better future for their children, the DMN reported. The business continues to be very family-centered, with the Gills handling the cooking and operations of the restaurant.

But above all, they take pride in serving fresh, authentic Indian dishes.

“Everything is made with fresh ingredients every day, even the cheese we make here. We don’t use canned stuff,” Gill told the DMN.

A variety of traditional Indian dishes are on offer, with the spice level varying according to the customer’s preferences.

Diners can choose from saag paneer, biryani, samosa, tandoori chicken, a slow-roasted lamb dish called rogan josh, and many others. Accompaniments range from sauces like green mint chutney to beverages like shikanji — a kicked-up version of lemonade.

For those who aren’t familiar with Indian food, don’t worry.

One diner commented that they knew nothing about Indian food before coming to the Taj Mahal.

“Our waitress explained all the options to us very completely. The food was super delicious. We will be back for sure,” wrote Cindy V Dallas, per the restaurant’s website.

“A word to the wise, the level 3 spicy was pretty hot,” she added. “So go easy on the spice if you’re sensitive to that.”

Also be sure not to miss out on the restaurant’s signature bread, naan, made in a tandoori oven. Whether you try it spiced with chili flakes, loaded with garlic, or topped with rosemary goat cheese, you will be in for a treat.

For repeat customers, the new location should look rather familiar: Customers can sip their chai tea while staring at the very same ceiling details and paintings of the Taj Mahal from the previous location, as the Gills took it all with them.

The new location was built to be able to cater to larger groups upon request.

“We wanted a bigger place to accommodate more people for small events, like baby showers, birthday or graduation parties,” Jasmin Gill, daughter of the owners, told the DMN.

Taj Mahal is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when it offers a buffet, and for dinner service from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Taj Mahal website, where diners can make reservations and also order food for pick-up or delivery.

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