Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver
Denver has a vast array of Indian restaurants, everything from small, family-owned hole-in-the-wall spots to massive establishments with expansive menus and multiple locations. And with the temperatures plummeting, a hearty, spicy -- very spicy -- Indian feast could be just the thing to turn up the heat. Here, in no particular order, are our ten favorite Indian restaurants in the Denver area.
10) India's Castle
9555 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial
Since 2005, India's Castle has offered authentic tastes of Punjab, a state in the northern region of India. Tapestries and cozy lighting make a comfortable setting as you feast on kormas, curries, flaky samosas and creamy saag. And as an added bonus on Fridays, you can experience India Castle's weekly belly-dancing night.
535 Zang Street, Suite C, Broomfield
Azitra, dubbed an "Indian culinary nirvana," is a departure from your typical Indian restaurant in both design (modern and minimal) and menu, which is divided into two categories: contemporary offerings and traditional entrees. The contemporary offerings range from a tulsi-scented salmon filet in spiced coconut creme to a masala-spiced rack of lamb; goat curry, spiced vindaloo and steamed biryanis satisfy cravings for old standbys.
8) Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub
7803 Ralston Road, Arvada
Yak & Yeti serves up perfectly-spiced Indian and Nepalese fare -- with the additional draw of award-winning beers, brewed in-house and inspired by Indian flavors. Diners can enjoy a Himalayan IPA or Chai Stout while cleaning a plate loaded at the all-you-can-eat buffet. That spread is packed with carnivorous and vegetarian options, including daal, paneer pakora, tandoori breads and meats, masala, vindaloo and Tibetan thupka. For added atmosphere, it's all served in the oldest house in Arvada.
7) Star of India
3102 South Parker Road, Aurora
Star of India is a shining example of good Indian food, and a Westword Best Indian Restaurant pick. The setting is traditional and homey, filled with plants and nick-knacks; the family-recipe Indian cuisine is served community-style in beautiful copper bowls. Be warned: The hot here is definitely hot, so if your tastebuds are timid, as for mild.