FOOD FOR THOUGHT THIS ISSUE FEATURES… India Paradise
By David Clark
Having opened its doors in May of 2018, India Paradise — located on Ottawa Street in the heart of Windsor — has coupled together a passion and desire to make the best authentic Indian food available in the region.
Truly a move into the exotic, Harish Gudavalli, Owner/Operator aims to fuse great food, flavours and spices in order to satisfy your discerning palette.
His restaurant is highly regarded in the area as proven by the hundreds of positive reviews on Google.
Among the many reasons for their success are delivering exceptional cuisine full of flavour and receiving great feedback from their valuable customers.
“We offer a beautiful blend of flavourful spices, and the reputation for spicy Indian food is only a small part of the overall menu,” says Gudavalli.
To sample of some of the best the restaurant has to offer, look into a local favourite, the Butter Chicken. It is Tandoor (clay-pot) cooked chicken in buttery tomato sauce — guaranteed to satisfy your craving for that tangy flavour we all adore!
The Aloo Gobi is a veggie lovers delight, worth considering as well. With potatoes and cauliflower cooked with fresh ginger, garlic and spices, it’s tasty without the calories!
An exotic dish, the Goat Vindaloo is pure Halal meat. Goat pieces are cooked in Vindaloo sauce with flavourful Indian spices.
Biryani is a staple of Indian food and India Paradise serves eight different kinds with the two most popular being the Chicken Dum Biryani and Goat Biryani. The Chicken Dum Biryani is in the most demand and also considered a top Indian dish with marinated chicken herbs cooked with Basmati rice over slow heat Dum.
If you require healthy choices, the Chicken Tandoori is a baked, not a fried dish. Also, the Dosa is a popular Indian breakfast, vegan and gluten free.
Fantastic appetizers are also available, including the Chilli Fish and Gobi Manchurian — crispy fried cauliflower florets tossed in sweet, sour and hot Manchurian sauce. It’s almost a meal in itself!
With something for everyone, India Paradise offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and spicy fare too.
“For those who haven’t tried Indian food, such as local Canadians, India Paradise has specials to offer that will get you in the door,” Gudavalli suggests.
On “Thali Tuesday” you can get a big platter of rice, Naan, Aloo Gobi, Dal Makani (lentils and beans cooked in creamy gravy) and a curry of your choice (vegetable, chicken, goat). There are “buy one, get one free” offers for takeout on Tuesday; appetizer specials for $6.99 on select hours on Wednesday for dine-in and takeout: and the $6.99 Biryani Special is any Vegetable or Chicken Biryani for dine-in and takeout on Thursday (certain hours only).
The specials can give diners the opportunity to experiment and enjoy one of the best Indian food spots in the Windsor area.
Gudavalli wants people who are new to Indian food to experience that richness in their exotic Indian food and spices. Once you try it, you’re hooked!
According to Gudavalli, “Indian food is full of life. One who tries good Indian food will never go back. I have very loyal customers that I see on a daily basis, who talk of the food as being an explosion of flavour in their mouth, every time.”
But dine-in and takeout are not the only options! Yes, India Paradise does food in a bigger way with its catering services! When the COVID-19 regulations relax, they can serve 200 at the restaurant and 500 outbound. For now, menu items are available for smaller gatherings at your choice of location.
For your convenience, there is online ordering on the website, curbside service and delivery via SkipTheDishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash. In the near future, Gudavalli will create a brand new stand-alone delivery service.
Of course, India Paradise follows all Health Unit regulations with face masks, sanitizers and other related tools mandatory at the restaurant.
In 2021, new India Paradise operations will be opening in London and the GTA.
“I want to create a mark for India Paradise and that’s the everyday preparation and motivation my team and I share and strive towards,” expresses Gudavalli.
For further information regarding India Paradise hours and to see a menu, visit their website.