BOUNTIFUL — Walking into the new Taste of India restaurant in Bountiful immerses your senses in a cacophony of smells.
The award-winning restaurant blends 11 spices into cooking that owner PJ Singh proudly emphasizes is authentic down to every detail. Indian chefs and cooks prepare it.
“Indian cooking is a little more complex. They (cooking staff) understand each and every spice,” he said. “We grind all of our own spices here,” which assures that mixture is not overpowering.
That in-house attention to detail also comes across in the freshness of the food, Singh said.
“Indian culture is shared with customers along with the food, whether it’s in the Indian jackets he and servers wear, or in the authentic ambience that has been created,” he said. On top of that, Bollywood music plays overhead.
Singh can often be found visiting his customers, talking to them about Indian culture.
“We believe in community service, in giving back,” he said. That includes sharing the Taste of India experience with students from area high schools.
“We serve a cafeteria-style meal, open up the restaurant, let the students learn about India, such things as Basmati rice,” Singh said. “They (students) each have to ask me one question. That leads to fun and openness.”
Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular entree on the extensive menu. A $9.99 lunch special allows diners to sample a full course with two entrees, appetizer, rice, naan, salad, dessert and more. All dishes are prepared at customer’s request to be mild, hot, very hot or very very hot.
The restaurant chain has won several Best of Utah and Winner of State awards for Best Indian Restaurant and more. Singh has been in this country for 12 years, and has spent half of them in Utah.
For more information check out the Oct 18 edition of Davis Clipper.