Taj India scores big in under-the-radar location
-- Wendy Miller, Lexington Herald Leader
Patchen Drive’s main restaurant site, set back along a corridor, is virtually invisible from Richmond Road. That spot has had several incarnations, the last being India Garden. The latest is Taj India.
New ownership has retained its predecessor’s cavernous interior with minimal décor. Not very cozy, but some of Lexington’s better ethnic fare is served in austere, or at least quite informal, spaces. That is the case here. Because Taj India exercises restraint with cream and the Indian clarified butter known as ghee, the food seems lighter, the tastes brighter, allowing us to again taste the complex flavors of this world-class cuisine.
Starters, though, are still mostly fried and filling. The best among them are paneer, India’s slightly briny white cheese, stuffed with spicy herbs, and aloo tikka, an onion-studded mashed potato patty. Samosas with vegetables or meat are also fine, as are the spicy vegetable pakoras, aka fritters, made with chickpea flour and turmeric. The first two are standouts… Full Review
“I have both dined in as well as used taj for catering and have not been disappointed. The staff is friendly and was very accommodating. The food is delicious and they use excellent quality ingredients which is not the case at every indian restaurant. Their lamb rojan josh is the best in town! I recently ordered their food for a party and everyone was asking where it was from because it so good! I highly recommend this restaurant.“ by 321vinay on Tripadvisor
“Amazing Indian food – really amazing. We’re long-time Indian food fans and this is now the best in Lexington, passing up Tandoor in our opinion.” by A Google User
“Excellent Indian food. Have eaten here many times and absolutely love the lunch buffet. Take out is great too. Had overly spicy food once, but will definately eat here again.” by A Google User
“Great experience at Taj India Restaurant today. Owner was super friendly. Food was amazing and the garlic naan is a must try item. Will go there again. Highly recommended.“ by Taj R on Tripadvisor