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Angara India Spice Grill menu appeals to vegetarians and meat eaters

Indian restaurants have mushroomed in southern Nevada over the years, a boon for vegetarians and lovers of spicy sambals and tender tandoori. New to the Las Vegas culinary landscape, the Angara Indian Spice Grill, opened by a native of the Punjabi with over 20 years of experience in the sector in Southern California.

What really sets Angara apart is the purity of the flavors, starting with the papadum and chutneys served before dinner. The bean flour flat crackers were accompanied by a rich tamarind chutney, with a mild but slightly sour flavor that lingered on. Its green herbal counterpart, with cilantro and usually a bit of mint, was quite fiery thanks to the stupendous use of chilies.

Luckily, a meat samosas appetizer ($ 7.99) helped put out the flames. The two large pyramid-shaped pastries sported crunchy exteriors that quickly gave way to a chewy filling of finely chopped lamb, a hint of cumin delicately enhancing each bite.

The garlic naan ($ 2.99) was as good as it gets. The tandoori-grilled flatbread rings have been dusted with a generous amount of garlic and lightly brushed with butter for a warm, stretchy and lightly flaky triumph.

Saag paneer ($ 11.99), one of the restaurant’s many vegetarian options, was one of the best versions of this dish served in the Valley. The spinach was delicately seasoned, as requested, which allowed its flavor to shine. The cubes of paneer (homemade cheese) he wrapped were slightly larger than the dice-sized pieces found in many restaurants, highlighting the pleasantly tough texture that contrasted with the creamy spinach.

More conventional, but skillfully executed, the Butter Chicken ($ 14.99) with a vegetable sauce. The acidity of the tomatoes was expertly balanced with yogurt and warm notes of garam masala, cinnamon and cardamom.

The Ultra-Long Grain Steamed Basmati Rice ($ 3.99) was warm and chewy, with whole seeds of cumin and cilantro for a little boost. The other basics were equally good: the service was exceptional.

The seating was comfortable and the modern decor featured a calming, sunny color scheme. It’s easy to see why restaurants like Angara are becoming popular, with so many delicious options for meat eaters and vegetarians that can be customized to the level of spiciness desired. Adventurous eaters will enjoy the goat’s dish, and kids may even enjoy eating their carrots – they are served as a traditional Indian dessert with sweet milk, sugar, and nuts.

Las Vegas Review-Journal restaurant reviews are conducted anonymously at Review-Journal’s expense. Contact Heidi Knapp Rinella at [email protected] To follow @HKRinella on Twitter.

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