76 / BEYOND GRITS Taj India Indian Restaurant $$ L D V Baldwinder Sinh loved sharing his passion for cooking Indian food,so he opened a restaurant.His menu offers traditional Indian cuisine,with sections of interesting combinations like the“Taj India chinese specials.”Rich and flavorful sauces will delight the senses but it’s the passionate,friendly staff that makes this hidden gem a true Lexington treasure. 154 Patchen Drive – (859) 268-0055 – tajindialexington.com Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine $$ L D A must-try for Indian food lovers.The chicken tikka masala over naan is a big hit,as are their array of curries,tandoori (clay oven) chicken and lamb,and a number of authentically-made items found in the all-you-can-eat buffet. Tryout a mango lassi,a sweet and spiced yogurt-based drink.You’ll also find a delightful array of vegetarian dishes,including the very flavorful tandoori baked eggplant bharta. 3146 Mapleleaf Drive #110 – (859) 263-5771 – tandoorinlex.com Tekka Japanese Grill $$ L D Respecting ingredients and their natural flavors isTekka’s MO,boasting“the largest sushi bar in town”and a menu full of fresh,colorful and carefully prepared entries.The“derby roll”stands out among a creative roster of house specialty rolls.And if you’re in the mood for a teppanyaki-style meal,a skilled chef will happily serve traditional Japanese flavors straight from the grill,along with a few laughs and friendly service. 2300 Sir BartonWay #110 – (859) 543-0010 – tekkasushigrill.com 134 135 WORLD CUISINE 133