Indian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    India Palace's Gulab Jamun: A Fried Delight with Exotic Spices

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Every culture has it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Taj Mahal Replaces Booster's Cafe in the Loop

    Booster's Cafe (567 Melville Avenue, University City) closed unexpectedly in September after six years in business, but it will reopen as Indian restaurant Taj Mahal as soon as it gets its health inspection. See also: Booster's Cafe in the Loop Closed "I always planned to open a restaurant," says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Anis Hyderabad Cafe Opens in University City

    Gut Check learned back in February that an Indian restaurant would open at 8613 Olive Boulevard, the Jeffrey Plaza strip-mall address that previously housed the very-short lived Ethiopian spot Red Sea Cafe & Bar and, before that, Hooked Seafood Bar. See Also: - Red Sea Cafe & Bar Already Closed G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    An Updated Guide to Restaurants in University City: Delmar Boulevard, from Big Bend to 170

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View West Delmar in a larger map The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Red Sea Cafe & Bar Already Closed

    Red Sea Cafe & Bar (8613 Olive Boulevard, University City), an Ethiopian restaurant that opened only this past October in the Jeffrey Plaza strip mall at Olive Boulevard and Interstate 70, has already closed. The exact date of the closure is unclear. Update: (Monday, February 25, 9 a.m.) A reader t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Bombay Food Junkies Truck to Bring Vegetarian Indian Street Fare to St. Louis

    Since moving to the United States from their native Bombay, (or Mumbai, as it is now known), India, Krupa and Sid Panchal haven't found anything like the street food they enjoyed in their home city. So the wife-and-husband team are taking matters into their own hands: In the next few months, the Pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Tidbits: Abby's Shell Corner Cafe, the Crafty Chameleon, Taj Indian Cuisine

    - We learned only in September that Abby's Shell Corner Cafe had opened at 1221 Locust Street, inside the same building as and just across the lobby from Sen Thai Asian Bistro (1221 Locust Street; 314-436-3456). A Gut Check operative passed along word this week that the restaurant might have closed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Tikka Tikka Taco Truck Looks to Kickstarter for Startup Help

    Do you like Indian food? Do you patronize food trucks? Do you have even one measly dollar to spare? Michael Swaleh wants to talk to you. Swaleh and his brother, Shaun, have turned to Kickstarter to raise $60,000 to buy the food truck that will launch their concept, Tikka Tikka Taco.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 8.13-8.19

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Sweet Art: Amrita made lemon tart with candied raspberries. Family Style Food: Karen shared planked salmon with Indian spices and raita. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made cucumber salad using Julia Child's recipe in honor of the 100th anniversa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Review Preview: Spice-n-Grill

    This week, I visit Spice-n-Grill (6800F Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-721-2421). Its exterior might not be very promising, but this tiny storefront is actually the new home of an old favorite. A sneak preview of my review is after the jump:

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 3.10-3.16

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Sweet Art: Amrita shared salted caramel ice cream. Cupcake Project: Stef made Easter egg cupcakes with "yolk" centers. The Sweets Life: Natalie shared Bailey's dark chocolate pudding. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made potato and asparagus fla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Soup Countdown #7: Shameless Grounds Mulligatawny Stew

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    Tandoori Knights

    8:30 p.m. Friday, November 25. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Joe Lally and Tandoori Knights Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Bloodshot Bill and King Khan are coming to Off Broadway in November as Tandoori Nights. ​ All hail shirtless wonder King Khan, for he is headed back to St. Louis with his homey Bloodshot Bill as Tandoori Knights. The wild duo will be at Off Broadway on November 25. Allegedly, they started play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Reine Bayoc of SweetArt Bakeshop, Part 2

    This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Reine Bayoc of SweetArt. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Bayoc, will be posted tomorrow.Chrissy WilmesBayoc with some of SweetArt's baked treats​Did your family cook when you were a child? Yes, my mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    The Veggielante Puts Schlafly's Tap Room to the Test

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Taste of India Closed? [Updated]

    Google Maps​A reader contacted Gut Check via Twitter with word that Taste of India (3279 Hampton Avenue; 314-646-8488) might be closed. The restaurant wasn't open for its regular lunch hours when I visited today. The reader said it has been this way for "weeks."The restaurant's phone number remain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Gokul Opens New Location Today

    Ian Froeb​It's this restaurant critic's dream come true: and Indian restaurant within walking distance of my office. Gokul opened today at 6101 Delmar Boulevard, the space vacated by Miss Saigon.This is the second location for the all-vegetarian restaurant.The original Gokul Snacks & Sweets re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Ian Froeb's 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes, #72: The Lunch Buffet at Mayuri

    Ian FroebThe lunch buffet at Mayuri in Creve Coeur​I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious.Please do not hesitate to share your own fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Review Preview: Mayuri

    User "Bmaganti," Wikimedia Commons​This week, I visit Mayuri, a new Indian restaurant at 12513 Olive Boulevard (the space formerly occupied by the Indian restaurant Ruchi). The Andhra chicken curry at Mayuri is named for Andhra Pradesh, the state on India's southeast coast that some claim offers t ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Sneakonomics 101 - Sneakonomies of Scale

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Recession. Literally, a pulling back a of a surging, forward-moving tide. The moon never considers whether the tide is a good thing or a bad thing, what its ideal point is along the sand. That's a detachment I sometimes envy when considering the other recession. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    FoodWire: Creve Coeur Indian Restaurant Ruchi Now Mayuri

    A few weeks ago, I noticed an ad in the dead-tree Riverfront Times for a new Indian restaurant called Mayuri. I filed the name away for future exploration.Today, I decided to have lunch at the Indian restaurant Ruchi, which I reviewed in 2007 and which the RFT named Best Indian Restaurant last year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    Sign up for Tip of the Tongue here.Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter.In this week's edition: learn what's new on the menu at Café Osage; get the details on the upcoming Fiesta in F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    A Table for How Many? at Gokul

    Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences for Gut Check.Gokul Snacks & Sweets10633 Page Avenue, Overland314-428-8888When 12 Turns Into 22When I called ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Indian Food Expert Raghavan Iyer in Town Next Week

    Author and cooking instructor Raghavan Iyer takes an appetizingly broad view of curry, describing it as "any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Restaurant Tidbit: Thali Palace

    Thali Palace, a new Indian restaurant, is open at 9720 Page Avenue. There is a daily lunch buffet (of course) from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner is served from 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. There is a dinner buffet on Sunday from 5-9:30 p.m. -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2008

    In This Week's Issue

    My review of the Indian restaurant Rasoi is now available online. Click here to read. Rasoi - Photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Malcolm revisits food scares past while trying to keep down Fish-Cheese Sausage, while Kristie is feeling biblical over a carafe of Oak Vineyards cab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2008

    Review Preview: Rasoi

    In food, as in the arts, influence isn't always linear. It's a give-and-take between recipes and traditions hundreds or even thousands of years old and the rapidly shrinking modern world that globalization, for better or worse, has brought us. All you need to do is spend a minute watching the image ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2007

    The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #6

    This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year. #6. Nihari at Indian Food Nihari doesn't look extraordinary. A dark stew, chopped cilantro scattered across its surface, chunks of beef shank bobbing ever so gently. First there's an explosio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007
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    September 19, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    Now open at 25 South Euclid Avenue is the relocated and seriously spiffed up Indian restaurant Rasoi. Check out the entrance. The interior -- seen from outside, at least -- looks pretty classy, too. The menu features both familiar Indian fare (vindaloo, natch) as well as some interesting regional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    In This Week's Issue

    My review of the Indian restaurant Ruchi is now available online. Click here to read. photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Malcolm risks popcorn lung with MixMatch Gourmet Cheese & Caramel Popcorn, while Kristie puts the lotion in the basket enjoys Effen Black Cherry Vodk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    What's Cooking In This Week's Issue

    My review of the Indian restaurant Ruchi is now available online. Click here to read. photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Malcolm risks popcorn lung with MixMatch Gourmet Cheese & Caramel Popcorn, while Kristie puts the lotion in the basket enjoys Effen Black Cherry Vodk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007
  • Dining

    October 19, 2005

    Afghan Revel

    Sameem is a dream fulfilled -- for the owner and for us

  • Dining

    June 30, 2004

    Summit Kind of Wonderful

    Venture into no-man's land for extraordinary Nepalese cuisine

  • Dining

    July 31, 2002

    Central Station

    Even after 30 years, Duff's can incite rapture in diners

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Gourmet Pizza

    California Pizza Kitchen

  • Dining

    February 6, 2002

    Babylon Rising

    The South Grand strip takes on yet another cuisine

  • Dining

    April 4, 2001

    Play Ball!

    While you're downtown to see the Cards this summer, try something besides a ballpark dog