Taste of India to open September in Mishawaka with menu unlike any other Indian restaurant

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

An upcoming Indian restaurant is looking to satisfy palates in Mishawaka with a menu that’s unlike any other restaurant of its kind.

The Taste of India is expected to start serving customers at 5540 N. Main St. within the second week of September, though owner Daljinder Singh said the restaurant still has to go through a number of inspections.

You won’t find this restaurant’s specialties at any other local eateries, manager Surjit “Dimple” Singh said.

There’s the Nalli Vindaloo, a six-hour braised lamb shank made with chili vinegar; the Lobster Moilee, a lobster tail served with fennel-scented coconut sauce and tomato rice; and the Frontier Kebab, a 48-hour marinated lamb rack made with ginger and spices.

That’s in addition to the 74 other dishes on the menu.

“If you’re going to go to any restaurant – Indian restaurants – all of the restaurants have the same menu,” Surjit said. “Our menu will be totally different from other restaurants. Nobody has this kind of menu.”

Taste of India will also offer a special 10 percent discount for University of Notre Dame students if they show identification, he added.

The chef, Rajesh Kumar, has 17 years of experience in the culinary industry, Daljinder said. He got his start as a kitchen helper in Bangalore when he was 14 years old, then worked his way up to kitchens in hotels and cruises in different countries before coming to the United States.

The restaurant will be open through the week. It will have a buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. where customers can fill their plates with 24 different dishes, which includes sweet and savory dishes and desserts, Daljinder said. The restaurant will serve dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Taste of India will also cater for events with up to 250 people.

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