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Taj Mahal – Restaurant Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 27•11

Atmosphere:  Taj Mahal is a simply presented family run restaurant.  Most of the décor is of The Taj Mahal, Hindu deities, and typical Indian motif.  Tacky yet charming, the dining room is clean and comfortable with big windows and lots of light.  The staff will warmly greet you as you enter and show you to your table.  The smell alone gives you the first clue to how amazing your meal will be.  The authentic food will keep you coming back for more.  This is the kind of place to get a cup of chai in a snow storm or grab take out on movie night.

 

Neighborhood:  Located in South Lake Tahoe, CA. (inside the Quality Inn).

Price range:  $$ ($10- $25)

Dress code: Casual

Cuisine:  Indian

Editorial profile:  If you spend a lot of time in mom and pop Indian restaurants than you will know just what to expect at Taj Mahal.  The staff will politely address you as ‘sir’ and most speak broken English.  There aren’t a lot of frills here but there is some amazing food!  Indian food tends to be spicy; however Taj Mahal accommodates everyone by allowing you to order your dish mild, medium, or hot.  If you love it hot than you’ll be delighted that their spice doesn’t cover over the flavor in there dishes.  The meals are served family style and are meant to be shared with friends and loved ones.  The meets are lean cuts, the butter chicken has rich creamy sauce and the samosas… well you must try the veggie ones.  If you rather try a little of everything then come for the reasonably priced lunch buffet.  Admittedly the chai here is not one of my favorites but they do have a wide variety of Indian drinks to choose from such as mango lassi.  Like any family run businesses you may occasionally find that they are out of items of the menu.  I hope this means that many others are coming to enjoy the great food here!  Accept Taj Mahal for what it is not the Ritz but authentic Indian for a decent price.  If you find yourself in the neighborhood then stop in and give the self proclaimed ‘best Indian food in Tahoe’ a try.

Menuhttp://www.tajmahaltahoe.com/menu.html  This is a very condensed menu and doesn’t include all the dishes they make.

Recommended dishesChicken Makhani (butter chicken) My must have Indian food dish!

Alcohol: Wine and beer (try the traditional Indian beer Taj Mahal, its fantastic)

Corkage fee: N/A

Reservations: Usually not necessary

Insider tips:  Don’t forget the rice!  The dishes do not come with rice and rice is an additional $2.

Payment methods accepted:  All major credit cards and cash.

Hours:  Open 7 days a week.  Hours can vary so give them a call to check current times.

Address:  3838 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150

Parking: Adjacent parking lot

Website: http://www.tajmahaltahoe.com/

Facebook:  N/A

Email:  N/A

Phone number: 530-541-6495

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