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Indian food worth the wait at Madison's Taj (By Bill Livick, GazetteXtra)

July 21, 2016

One of Madison's finest Indian restaurants is located in a nondescript strip mall along South Park Street. The restaurant is easy to miss, but its rather bland exterior gives way to an attractive—almost luxurious—dining room inside. Dimly lit, very clean and comfortable, the restaurant features a spacious dining room with booths and tables. It offers good service and fine food with a menu that features recipes from both north and south India. We began a recent meal there in traditional fashion, with a server setting crispy papadum and several chutneys before us. More...

Chef Profile: Devinder Kumar of Taj Indian Restaurant (by Samara Derby, Madison.com)

September 2008

India is predominantly a vegetarian country, but most Indian restaurants in this country serve mostly meat-based fare. Taj Indian Restaurant (1256 S. Park St.) offers reliable renditions of traditional curry favorites made with beef, lamb, chicken and shrimp. Their vegetable biryani, however, is sublime. A pilaf-like dish made from b asmati rice and vegetables, it's fragrant, just a little spicy and large enough to share. You can add meat if you must, but I'd leave well enough alone.

Noshing for next to nothing (by Dan Curd, Madison Magazine)

September 2008

India is predominantly a vegetarian country, but most Indian restaurants in this country serve mostly meat-based fare. Taj Indian Restaurant (1256 S. Park St.) offers reliable renditions of traditional curry favorites made with beef, lamb, chicken and shrimp. Their vegetable biryani, however, is sublime. A pilaf-like dish made from b asmati rice and vegetables, it's fragrant, just a little spicy and large enough to share. You can add meat if you must, but I'd leave well enough alone.

Taj Serves Indian Food The Way Customers Like It (by Dan Curd, Madison Magazine)

September 20, 2007

Drivers on Park Street are well advised to roll down their windows and ease up on the gas - tantalizing aromas have been wafting over a plain Jane strip mall on South Park Street for many years. The China House restaurant got things started in 1974. In 2003, Satnem Singh, owner and chef, and Devinder Kumar, chef, opened the Taj Indian Restaurant in the China House space. The duo came to Madison from Indianapolis, where they also cooked together. In 2003 Madison had just a few Indian restaurants. They visited here and liked the city, and the space was available. They decided to make a go of it. Things have gone very well. The Taj has been snatching up readers' polls since the beginning. Framed awards and letters from satisfied customers crowd the walls in the entryway. More...

SPICE IS NICE (by Dan Curd, Madison Magazine)

March 2006

You don't have to leave town to give your taste buds a vacation -- just go to Taj Indian Restaurant. Exotic yet somehow familiar, this is comfort food from another continent. Meals begin with crispy, tortilla-thin pappadams with a trio of colorful chutneys for dipping. Entr�es include the likes of lamb korma in a silky-smooth cream sauce, tandoori barbecued chicken and shrimp and zesty biryani -- a paella-like basmati rice concoction. Sundry warm homemade breads come to the table prepared endless ways -- baked in a tandoor oven, grilled and deep fried. Their bountiful buffet lunch lets you sample it all.

Taj Indian Restaurant in Madison Magazine

In a Curry (by Dan Curd, COREWEEKLY)

March 24, 2005

Taj offers an extensive selection of classic Indian chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes. I especially like the lamb shahi korma ($11.95), which combines chunks of tender lamb with cashews and raisins in a mild but aromatic cream sauce. It's always fun to go with a group so you can share, but for the single dinner Taj offers both a vegetarian ($11.95) and with meat ($12.95) combination dinner that changes nightly. At lunch they serve a remarkably good buffet, which is also an excellent way to experience new dishes. Taj's biggest shortcoming is its atmosphere. The reliable cooking, decent-size portions and resonable prices do a lot more to make the place attractive. Whether you a fan of Indian food or a neophyte, Taj should curry your favor.

Indian Feast Satisfies From North To South (by Chris Martell, Wisconsin State Journal)

September 7, 2003

The lunch buffet has already become popular in the few months since the restaurant opened, and it's easy to understand the attraction. It's a feast of curries with deep layers of flavors, the meats and seafood are fresh and tender, and the staff is solicitous. Despite the extensive menu, Taj seems to be the kind of rare place where, if you like Indian food, you can't go wrong. Bottom line: The lunch buffet is an impressive feast, the service is good, and the atmosphere is clean and hospitable. There's a lot for vegetarians. More...