Oct 062010
 

Cuisine: Indian
Restaurant Features: All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet & Dinner Buffet, Flat Screen TVs, On-Site Parking, Patio
Location: Minneapolis (village of St Anthony)
Address: 2700 39th Ave NE  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55421 (612) 789-2828
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-10pm
Links: * Taj  Indian Grill WebsiteTaj Facebook PageGoogle Map

Atmosphere: Taj Indian Grill is located in a newer shopping area in the Village of St Anthony, just off Stinson Blvd.  The large space is open and inviting, with brightly colored walls and hardwood floors.  The kitchen is adjacent to the front of the dining room, allowing customers to watch their food being prepared (if you so choose!)  Next to the kitchen is the Buffet, which is open all day every day.

Menu: Appetizers at Taj Indian Grill include Samosas (chicken or veggie), Potato Fritters, Hot Wings, Spiced Potato Patties, Fish Pakura (with masala chickpea batter), Chila Paneer (pan seared chicken or shrimp).

Tandoor specialties include Chicken Tikka, Shrimp Tikka or Lamb Tikka.

Meat Curry Specialties at Taj Indian Grill include Chicken Tikka Masala (tomato based), Vindaloo (tamarind and coconut milk) with choice of Meat, House Curry, Butter Chicken (tomato butter cream sauce), Khorma (sauce of almond, cashew and saffron), Thai Green Curry,  Sweet and Sour, Lamb Rohgan Josh, and Mango Chicken.  Choice of Chicken, Beef,  Lamb, Fish or Shrimp with most dishes unless otherwise specified.  All Curries are served with a side of Biriyani Rice.

Veggie Curry options are  the Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower tossed with sweet chili garlic), Paneer Tikka Masala (Indian cheese in tomato-based sauce), Chana Masala (garbanzo bean curry), Palak Paneer (Indian cheese and spinach sauce), Malai Kofta (veggie dumplings in Khorma), Daal Makhani (spicy lentil curry), Vankaya Tamata (eggplant and tomato curry), and Navratan Khorma.

Taj Indian Grill also has a variety of Naan including traditional Naan, Aloo Naan, Garlic and Cilantro Naan, Bullet Naan (with green chili), Peshwari Naan, and Paneer Naan (indian cheese).

Dessert options include Gulab Jamun (dumpling/donuts in a sweet syrup), Kheer (rice pudding), and Falooda (Indian summer drink).
Price guide: Buffet $8.95  Appetizers $4-8  Entrees $8-11 Naan $3

What we ordered: We all knew we wanted to start with Samosas, so we got an order of the Chicken.  These were very large triangular-shaped pockets stuffed with bite-sized pieces of mildly curried chicken.  I was looking forward to eating these and they were even better than I had hoped! The wrap was fried to a perfect golden crispness and the chicken inside was tender and flavorful.  It was served with some kind of yogurt-based dipping sauce with shredded carrot.  We loved these!!

We also order the Potato Fritters, not really knowing what to expect.  These were slices of potato battered with chickpea flour and seasonings, then deep fried.  These were also good, with potatoes cooked al dente and served with a mint-cilantro chutney for dipping.  We all liked these but would probably order a second order of the Samosas next time instead.

Our server highly recommended that we order the Chicken Tikka Masala, the most popular dish at Taj Grill.  I asked if I could have the dish made with shrimp instead of chicken, and they were happy to oblige.  This was a very tasty dish, with a creamy tomato and onion sauce.  It was just mildly spicy although we could have ordered it spicier.  It came with 8-10 medium-sized shrimp mixed within and fresh herbs on top.  Very delicious and savory dish, the perfect sauce to dip your garlic naan (bread)!!

We also ordered the Mango Chicken, a sweet curry sauce made with curry, mango and coconut milk which was also seasoned with onion and other spices.  This was also delicious! It was sweet but not too sweet, rather just enough to compliment the tingle that the spice brings.  You can also order it mild if you don’t want much heat.  The dish was full of large bites of  tender white-meat chicken.  Mmmmmmm!!Mango Chicken at Taj Indian Grill ~ Minneapolis, MN

The third dish we ordered to share was the Vindaloo with Fish.  Wow!! I loved the first two dishes I tried and then I tasted the Vindaloo and found my new love.  This is one of the best curries I have had, it was so full of flavor!  The sauce was made from a blend of hot and spicy onion, tamarind and coconut milk that contained several large pieces of white fish that were perfectly cooked.  It had a fair amount of spice to it as well, but could be ordered to your spice preference.  I could eat this every day it was so good!

Vindaloo with Fish at Taj Indian Grill~ Minneapolis, MN

Vindaloo with Fish at Taj Indian Grill~ Minneapolis, MN

Every entree came with a bowl of Biriyani Rice, a basmati rice cooked with spices.  It was very light and fluffy, the perfect compliment to every dish.

Biriyani Rice at Taj Indian Grill~ Minneapolis, MN

It is also customary to eat Naan with most Indian meals, so we tried the Naan with Garlic and Cilantro. Yum! It reminded me of a soft pizza crust that was slightly buttery and topped with thinly shaved garlic and fresh cilantro.  Great on its own but even better when dipped into one of the curry sauces!

I had never tried an Indian dessert before and was curious about the Gulab Jamun, which was described on the menu as dumplings.   The dumplings reminded me of donut holes that were saturated with the sweet syrup that they were served in.  This was a very interesting dessert, to say the least!

Service: We were greeted upon entering and sat ourselves.  Our server had many recommendations from various sections of the menu and did a thorough job explaining each dish.  It seemed to take awhile for our food to be prepared, but that only assured me that our food was all fresh and made-to-order.  The cook and owner, Sahal, was very polite and appreciative of our business.  We had a great experience at Taj and wouldn’t hesitate to go back again soon.
Overall Impression: A delicious and wide variety of Indian foods at extremely reasonable prices (nothing over $11), so go ahead and add Taj Indian Grill to your list of Good Cheap Eats!  If you crave Indian food or even if you have never tried it, Taj Indian Grill is the place to go for a lot of flavor.  Everything was wonderful but I highly recommend the Chicken Samosas and the Vindaloo.  I will be back soon to try the all-you-can-eat buffet!

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