Category Archives: Indian food

Indian food and superstitions

A multicultural group in town is offering local diners a chance to learn something exotic and eat something exotic at the same time.

L’Attitude Wichita offers monthly events, and its next one is an Indian dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at Taste & See, 3825 E. Harry. Chef Jason Febres will prepare a menu that includes stuffed vegetable spheres, chicken tikka masala and more.

Dinner guests will hear a presentation about superstitions in various cultures.

It costs $27 a person. Make a reservation or get more information here.

Zaytun adds pizza and other Indo-Pak deliciousness

Zaytun, the fabulous Middle Eastern restaurant at 2020 N. Woodlwan, has recently updated its menu.

When he called to tell me he was going to open on Christmas Day, owner Syed Abbas also told me about the many additions to his lunch and dinner menu. You can view the menu here. The new items are in bold.

Abbas is particularly excited about the addition of some Mediterranean pizzas, which he cooks in a brick pizza oven left behind by the building’s previous tenant. They’re unlike a typical pizza, he said, and their descriptions support that claim. I’ll take the Spicy Seekh Kabab pizza, which is topped with cilantro chutney, green chili, onion and mozzarella cheese.

He’s also added a Tandoori chicken dish and several vegetarian selections, and Abbas enthusiastically recommended his new rib eye steak, which is charbroiled and served with charbroiled steak with rosemary garlic potato and pomegranate mushroom sauce.

One other change: Zaytun now allows lunch customers to order a la carte from the menu or choose the always-different Indo-Pak lunch buffet.

Zaytun is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for lunch. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Abbas also offers an elaborate Pakistani brunch from 11 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Call 316-613-2474 for more information.

Passage to India to reopen in new space this week

Passage to India co-owner and chef Kuldip Singh.

Passage to India, the popular Indian restaurant that has been closed since Oct. 16, should reopen by Friday of this week in a newer, fancier space.

Owners have been working for a week to move the restaurant from the cavernous space it has occupied for the past eight years at 6140 E. 21st St. to a space at 6100 E. 21st St. formerly occupied by Golden Dragon restaurant. The new location, which is in the same strip center, is a bit smaller, said Kam Singh, son of operator and co-owner and chef Kuldip Singh, but it’s been completely remodeled and will offer a more upscale environment. “We wanted to make it more of a fancy restaurant,” he said. “Everything is new in there.”

When Passage to India opened in 1994 , it was Wichita’s first Indian restaurant. This will mark the restaurant’s third move in its 17-year history.

Its famous buffet will remain the same but the set menu will change a little and will include more vegetarian and vegan items.

The hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the buffet Tuesdays through Sundays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Maharaja: Use it or lose it

maharajaRumors have been swirling that Maharaja, the fabulous but under-patronized Indian restaurant at 3008 W. Central, is closing its doors for good.

That may or may not be true.

The story is pretty much still what Carrie Rengers reported several weeks ago, except that it’s closing earlier than expected:  Owner Raj Singh is closing his way-too-slow restaurant on Dec. 15 rather than in February, as he had originally planned. He wants to stay in Wichita and will continue to search for a location on the east side.

Here’s what his unofficial spokesman, local foodie Andrew Gough, told me this morning via e-mail.

“He plans to take time to find a location here in Wichita on the east side and hopefully open by February or March. If he finds nothing, he’s going to close for good. We need to flood his restaurant over the next few weeks. Can you help drive some people there to give him enough motivation to stay in Wichita?”

I’m doing my part here. Now it’s up to you, naan fans.

Sooooooo sensuous

maharajaI think I’ve established this week that I love Indian food, and I love the Indian food at Maharaja, 3008 W. Central.

I really, really love the full official title Maharaja has give itself: “Maharaja: Sensuous Cusine of India.” It makes me blush when I eat it.

But I do worry about Maharaja, which seems to have a strong local following but rarely has many cars in the parking lot. Perhaps a change the restaurant just instituted will help: The delicious lunch buffet, which used to cost $9.95, has been reduced by $2 to $7.95. It’s served from 11 .m. to 2:30 p.m. daily except Mondays, when the restaurant is closed.

Call 316-264-0777 for more information.

Restaurant review sneak peek: Kababs

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

You know the drill: The Wednesday before a restaurant review is published in the Go! section, loyal blog and newsletter readers get to see it early.

This week, I’m visiting Kababs, a fabulous new Indian restaurant on the west side that serves some of the best Indian/Pakistani food in town. That’s why I gave it 3 1/2 forks out of four.

Anyone else been there? Chime in with your review in the comments section below.

Exotic snackage

zaytun.jpg 002Yesterday, I stopped into one of my favorite restaurants that I never seem to remember to go to — Zaytun, a delicious “IndoPak bistro” at 2020 N. Woodlawn, and as always, I had an interesting chat with owner Syed Quettawaala.

He was very excited about a new patio snack bar menu he’s created (and I was pretty excited about the pretty patio he’s created, which you can see here. It’s a new addition since the last time I visited.)

Though it might be a little hot to sit outside at the moment, Syed’s still serving his snack bar inside starting at 5 pm. Mondays through Saturdays. He described some of the dishes, which are inexpensive and meant to be shared (sort of like Indian tapas, I guess?) They have names such as chana chaat,  dahi baray, pani pori and kulfi, and they contain ingredients such as garbanzo beans, tomatoes, marinated meats, and exotic spices.

I foresee a lot of patio pani pori in my future.

Kababs… now open

Syed Jillani, the owner of Kabab..., prepares to cook tandoori chicken in his clay oven.

Syed Jillani, the owner of Kababs..., prepares to cook tandoori chicken in his clay oven.

Kababs… (they added the ellipses, not me) is a new Indian/Pakistani restaurant that recently opened in the former Red Mesa Grill space at 756 N. Tyler.

Owner Syed Jillani is giving the west side something it needs, namely chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, curry dishes, fresh-made naan and more. Kababs… also serves kababs, with or without ellipses.

The restaurant will serve a $7.99 weekday lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and for $9.99 on Saturdays and Sundays. They reopen for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-351-7777.