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On the corner of Commor and Conant streets, in the extraordinarily diverse city of Hamtramck, there is not one dish on Aladdin’s menu that surpasses $8.99. In fact, a large mixed fruit shake costs more than any of the appetizers and even a few of the vegetarian entrées that include rice or naan. On the whole, prices hardly surpass what you’ll pay for a meal at a national drive-through chain. Vegetarians have all sorts of choices, from curries to fried homemade cheese with spinach or green peas. There are some dishes where lentils are the base and others with chick peas. Try some mushroom vegetable fritters with onions and hot spices, or sautéed okra. The variety is amazing and the most expensive dish is $5.99. There are three times as many meat and seafood dishes. The goat korma, braised in a yogurt base is creamy, subtle, deep and rich, with a touch of spice heat. The gravy was so delicious we wiped the last little bit out of the bowl with crispy and chewy naan. Open 10:30 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Credit cards accepted; free delivery.
Bright colors, rich flavors, and exotic aromas. With more than 150 items on its menu, Ashoka wanders from the North to the South, with many legume-based recipes and fiery spice blends. There are even sections of the menu devoted to Indian-Chinese food, a style with a following in India. Also features a full-service bar and catering services.
Bombay distinguishes itself with the word “grille.” You can watch the process through a window in the dining room. Grilled items are prepared in tandoors, deep clay ovens heated by charcoal fires. Most Indian restaurants use gas, which is cheaper, but can’t produce the flavor of a charcoal fire. Seekh kabob — minced lamb cooked on a skewer — tastes nothing like the Middle Eastern variation called shish kafta, because of its rich spice blend. Chicken malai is marinated in yogurt and spices, then grilled. There are three vegetarian kebabs, some with paneer, a mild homemade farmer’s cheese. This is a great place for carnivores and vegetarians to commingle; the entrée menu is about evenly split between the two. Wine, beer and liquor are offered.
"Your one-stop shop for cakes and pastries for all occassions. Specializing in custom orders, with no pre-made products. Every cake is made from scratch using only the finest fresh ingredients. You will be pleased with your cake, not just for it’s artistic design, but also for it’s delectable taste. We will also cater for special dietary requirements i.e. eggless cakes, organic ingredients, gluten free etc."
It’s a little more expensive than some Indian restaurants, with most meat entrées at $14 or $15 and most vegetarian ones at $10 or $11, but it has a full bar, including Indian beers and wines, and a quiet, cloth-napkin atmosphere. You get naan with your meal, so you’re saving $3 or $4 right there. Expect intense and multifaceted flavors and a very long menu — 111 dishes plus desserts. Most of the cuisine is northern, but they also feature a few Hyderabadi dishes. The lamb Hyderabadi is cooked in coconut milk and cream, with poppy seeds, so it’s creamy, as you’d expect, but with a kick that lifts it out of the ordinary. Some other dishes that you might not see every day are a sweet corn soup, Goan fish curry and bharwan simla mirch, which is a green pepper stuffed with paneer, potato, peas, cashews, cilantro and ginger, grilled on the tandoor using Sabharwal’s special recipe.
Imagine a restaurant where you can order one item from each category on the menu--appetizer, soup, entree (including bread, salad and side dish), fancy beverage and dessert--and spend only $10.70. Dishes are mouth-watering, an enticing mix of cool
flavors and spicy ones, hot and warm temperatures, all fresh and flavorful. For mild, try lamb sagwala (with spinach); for hot, stuffed bhindi (okra and onions). Best bet: mango lassi (with buttermilk). Friendly, unpretentious, lots of Indian families. No
"We serve South Indian, North Indian, Indo-Chinese and Mughalai cuisine. Our specialty is Indo-Chinese and Kerla cuisine."
Each day they offer a different soup; three Indian dishes, two of them vegetarian; a "Mideast feast" of hommous, tabouli and falafel; a veggie quesadilla; a pasta dish, such as spaghetti with chicken meatballs; nachos; three pizzas; Greek salad; and three American-style sandwiches. Desserts are Middle Eastern pastries, and you will often find crisp, fresh samosas waiting on the entrance table.
"A full service halal Pakistani/ Indian restaurant with vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections. We serve Indian food with its original recipe and flavor.
La-ziza's specialty is its tandoori, such as fish tandoori, chicken tandoori, and shish kebab. We also feature a famous weekday and weekend lunch buffet where you find carefully selected veggie and non-veggie dishes and very affordable lunch boxes.
The veggie is only $3.95 and includes 3 vegetables with bread and rice, and the non-veggie is only $4.95 and includes 2 chicken items with bread and rice.
We also cater in-house parties with 15 items and unlimited soft drinks for only $12.75 and take-away catering starts at
$5.95 for 7 items."
This open, airy Indian eatery couples pleasurable surroundings and authentic, versatile cuisine. Indian cuisine mixed with American accents. Homestyle sandwiches rolled in naan. Daily specials for lunch and dinner. Mango yogurt shakes, limeade, teas and coffees available. A comfortable gathering spot.
Ullah Abdul has 27 years experience with Northern Indian Cuisine in London, Montreal, Windsor, and metro Detroit. Hamtramck residents may remember him from the Bengal Masala Café on Conant, and his new venture retains many of the specialties he served there, with his emphasis on British preparations that can be hard to find here (such as balti). He is known for affordable prices, heaping portions, artful breads and value buffets. This new endeavor, opened just weeks ago, is worth a look.
What a kick to discover you can get Indian street food in Michigan! There’s no street, of course — this is Michigan, and we try not to populate our streets unless we’re in our vehicles. Neehee’s is, in fact, selling street food in a strip mall, an irony that seems to bother the multitude of Indian families who flock there not at all.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian curry house. Tandoori (clay-oven) dishes served. Cozy atmosphere. Closed Monday.
The unlikely location on a Dearborn side street somehow adds to the appeal of the Northern Indian curries, birianis and tandooris, now with an extended menu of Indo-Chinese and South Indian dishes. Designations of spice levels on the menu can be trusted, ranging from mild to wild — which is where the Indian beer comes in handy, maybe a Kingfisher or a Taj. There’s a full bar, a rarity where local Indian restaurants are concerned, and keep an eye out for the new dance night once a month.
Specializing in south Indian as well as north Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Lunch buffet 7 days a week with wide variety of fresh selections, exotic drinks, and desserts always available. Catering for all kinds of parties and carryout available.
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Come out and celebrate Detroit’s 313th birthday at The Detroit Historical Society’s Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Groups will work together as historical detectives in a game involving puzzles, questions and learning about the buildings and features within the exhibit modeled after 19th century Detroit. They will also be giving out special birthday treats throughout the day. The birthday festivities will go from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tomorrow night, the sweet indie pop melodies of this Scottish five-piece will be floating through the Loving Touch. . With ease, front woman Tracyanne Campbell’s smooth, candied vocals and wry Scottish story telling illustrate the challenges of life. Themes often circle around heartbreak, a common thread running through their recent album Desire Lines, released June 4. The album title nods to life’s uncommon paths that are marked by wear, not by signs; the paths our feet choose naturally. Forging its own desire lines, Camera Obscura’s unconventional style is well off the beaten path.
Get naked! Well, almost naked. Strip on down to your skivvies and head over to the Tangent Gallery this Thursday night for a summer night bike ride, complete with g-strings, brews, neon body paint, glitter and a bunch of rowdy companions. “It’s more than a party. It’s a movement.” Celebrate urban cycling and that hot bod of yours by scooting around Detroit with a bunch of nearly naked strangers. After the ride, there will be cold drinks and hot tunes to shake your ass to. Ride starts at 8:30 p.m.
Every other year, the Puppeteers of America hosts festivals that bring the best and brightest puppeteers to the region. This year's Great Lakes Regional Puppetry Festival comes to Detroit, bringing three days of award-winning shows to the DIA. It all kicks off with the award-winning The Snowflake Man by puppeteer Sarah Frechette (aka Penny Pup from the children's TV show SeeMore's Playhouse), which takes a look at the life of photographer W.A. Bentley with hand-carved traditional Czech marionettes and watercolor paintings. The Snowflake Man plays at 3:30 p.m. at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org. Check the dia.org for the full schedule. The puppet shows are free with museum admission (and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties).
Come out and enjoy a night of kings and queens, princesses and duels at the Redford Theaters showing of the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride. This PG rated film is full of hilarity and romance from beginning to end and will spice up any average summer night. Don’t forget to hit the concession stand, which prices are distinctly low and the popcorn is always delicious.
Keith Fields is a trickster. This Brit is known for fooling people as he makes them laugh. And now, living in the U.S., his tricks are reaching a whole new audience. His interactive show ‘Keith Fields – Live and Tricking’ integrates magic, stunts and rip-roaring comedy. Fields has tricked all over the U.S. – from Broadway to Vegas. Hell, he once had Robin Williams as his opening act. You can’t get more official than that.
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