About Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine
Family style, made from scratch Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The Best in Boise and the Northwest. Everything is prepared by one chef. You can expect an extensive beer selection with micro-brews, IPA"s, Porters, and international favorite. Over 40 to choose from at any given day. You can expect food made from scratch to your liking, and entree's you won't find anywhere else. Expect spices to be cooked right when you order them, an extensive Vegan and Vegetarian selection. Expect a good time at an amazing location in the heart of Downtown Boise with an owner operated business. We have a lunch buffet everyday that allows for a quick lunch. If you're coming in for dinner, we hope you're not in a rush, our beers and wines are here for you to relax because the cost of home-style food is a bit longer wait time. The freshness and flavors of our dinner are meant to be savored and explored. We look forward to your visit!
Boise, ID 83702
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch:Monday - Friday:11:30 am to 2:30 pm,
Saturday: 11:30:00AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm,
Dinner:Wednesday - Saturday:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sitar player and belly dancer periodically and available for your banquet rental needs.
We are so excited and honored to be a part of your spectacular celebration.
You’ve got enough to worry about, so rather than add to your stress we’d like to alleviate it by working with you to make sure that all the bases are covered. We are committed to using the freshest ingredients and distinctive custom spice blends for your entree’s. Your order will be delivered on time, and served hot and fresh by our professional and friendly staff.
Park in the Capitol Terrace garage and walk in through the double doors on the second story, and get your first hour free. If you"re coming in after 6pm, downtown public street parking is free.
8th and Idaho Bus Stop
Private Party Facilities:
Feel free to schedule your next event in our banquet room that can be adjusted to fit your needs. Family style dining, a 50 inch flat screen television and polite staff at your disposal.
Private Party Contact:
Danish Ishaq: (208) 841-9209
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
Superb Meal and Extensive Beer list! Everything about Taj Mahal exceeds expectations, with the exception of the wine list...but the beer list is quite extensive and unique! I would have given it a 5/5 stars overall if the wines stood up to the beer list and the incredibly flavorful and well prepared food!! Excellence is an understatement where the food is concerned! I'll be back!
I was charged $16 total for 2 beers that were 11 ounces each. When I asked if that was a mistake, I was told it was, and that I was charged for the large bottles; but I was still charged $13 total for the 2 beers. They were not an exotic brand, and I have never paid that much for beer outside of a sporting event.
That was not the only negative. I noticed 2 separate people at 2 other tables had to ask for a box and the bill. The service was terrible, and it was not that crowded. We waited 15 minutes after being seated before being ask about drinks or appetizers. It took an hour plus before any food came. When it did come it was bread only, real food was 10-15 minutes later. I believe the food goes best with the bread, and it also helps to have it with the meal when it's hot (15 minutes later it's not hot-and we were so hungry it was gone). The portions were a bit small, with little meat in our lamb dish.
It was a very bad experience, and I would never go back. I recommend skipping this place, unless you have time and money to throw away.
I rated one star only because it was required. What I wanted to say was that we made the reservation, the web site said they were open, but, alas, when we got there the door was locked and the lights were out. It was Monday, Dec 19, so holiday breaks are common-but so are lunches to recognize great employees, which was what I was trying to do.
Went to Wild Root instead -- 5 stars!
It took a lot of patience to wait a bit more than one hour for the food to be served for 4 of us. The service was very much out of the picture except when we got some water at our arrival and when our food was finally served. Sadly the service received was below average. The food was ok. but, nothing impressive. The sensual dancing videos on the screen were not exactly a family talk topic so, I would say it's not for everyone. I feel it was expensive after evaluating all aspects of our visit. Being there, done that and not going back. We selected this restaurant because of being part of the opentable group. Lesson learned...don't believe all you see on the internet.
Loud Tvs playing Bollywood music, strong curry smell, slow service, substandard Indian food, sounds like most Indian/Pakistani restaurants in US? Well this one is definitely not one of those.
Decor; very warm with rich red colored walls with exotic Indian artifacts.
Service; very humble and down to earth. The owner himself comes to check on things, which was a very nice touch.
Food; true Indian/Pakistani flavors and prepared fresh. The menu has lots of options, from vegan and vegetarian to all meats each prepared with different kind of curries and sauces.
To start the meal I'll recommend the vegetable samosa. Three come in one order, great for 2-3 people.
As for main courses, the Chicken Madaras. It's blend of coconut milk and curry spices makes it the right taste of spicy with a hint of sweetness.
The Palak Subzi Dal was also cooked perfectly. The vegetables with spinach paste was a great twist.
For the end of the meal I'll definitely recommend the Rice pudding. It's very creamy and flavorful.
The food was amazing! However, even though I knew it would take a while to get our food(based off of the website), I didn't expect it to take 30 mins to get a drink and another hour for the food.
I'll be back, but will probably call in a "to go" order and show up 30 mins late to pick it up.
We called to make a reservation for that night. Were told hey couldn't seat is until 9pm. Used opentable and got table for 7:45. Ordered but didn't get main courses until 9:15.
Waitresses/ servers seemed like it was the first night for all of them. Pleasant enough but not trained and perhaps none of them had eaten in a restaurant before?
Food was GREAT!
May go back but would make a reservation further ahead and earlier in the evening.
Food was great. Service was ok. For some reason they had a TV playing a movie at a loud volume. I found the TV remote and turned the volume down myself after asking the waitress several times if she could turn it down. Then someone one came over and turned the volume up again. Ridiculous.
We found this place by using open table to match our available time to an available reservation. The food was good and authentic. We're the easiest customers around and understand there was a New Years Eve rush but the waitstaff was inexperienced and could benefit from a little training... It was fun and we'll return.
Keema nan bread was not cooked thoroughly, a little doughy. Chicken Tikka Massala did not have the correct flavor. Having lived in England and eating dozens of indian dishes from many restaurants, the flavor was inaccurate. The rice was not the traditional saffron yellow basmati rice. Price a little high also.
Always love this place. You have to be patient for the service however, this last time we went the service was painfully slow. Took about 10 - 15 minutes just to get a glass of wine. There we probably only about 5 tables of customers that night so it wasn't busy at all. Food is always fantastic though.
I ate here on a Monday night with my mom, husband, sister and 2-year old twins. In my reservation I noted that I would need 2 high chairs but there was only 1 available when we got there, so we had to wrangle one 2-year old the entire hour and a half that we waited for our entrees. We got appetizers to hold us over til the meal, but the $4.50 naan plate was actually just one very thin piece of naan cut into 4 pieces, so we were pretty hungry waiting for our food. Our other appetizer was a little bigger, but not really big enough for everyone. The entrees were also really expensive and small. My $19 lamb madras curry had just a few bite sized pieces of lamb in a small amount of sauce, and there wasn't enough rice for everyone at our table so we all ended up eating our curry like soup by the end of the meal. My sister got chicken tikka masala which was very good, but I wasn't super impressed with the curry or the palak paneer my daughters got. I was just surprised by how small the portions were for the cost and how slow thhe service was for a night when the restaurant was only about half full, and will definitely try another Indian place next time I'm craving curry.
The food is authentic and homemade. The palak paneer was probably the best I have ever eaten. I was disappointed in the tandoori chicken because it was too dry, both the other tandoori items were excellent. The chutneys were also delicious.
We waited over an hour for our food, which Is too long even for a place that warns you in advance that it's going to take awhile because it's all made from scratch. I can't think of any reason why it takes that long other than that there is only one chef, and she makes dishes one table at a time. If that's the case, then there should only be 6 tables in the whole place. Too many tables means too many people waiting too long. I would order take out. Better yet - they should train some additional cooks. This is great food - but not so good that the bad experience won't deter people from eating here. Do not come here hungry.
So I'd been here once before and it wasn't honestly a memorable experience. In fact, it was lacking impression enough that I forgot whether or not I liked it. So we decided to give it a try for "date night." I have to tell you, I will never be going back again. We were sat down and given water with very little welcome. Our waitress didn't come to get our order until after 10-15 min. Then we didn't even get our food until 45 minutes later. I was steaming! I thought this place could possibly redeem itself by having great food at least, but it was not in the cards. I got a lamb curry and not only was it bland, but I ordered it extra mild and it was pretty spicy. They also had a "mess-up" in the kitchen, and gave my boyfriend chicken instead of lamb with his curry. They didn't even try to make up for the mistake in any way. Overall, it was just not a good experience at all and I will definitely not be going back!
Service is slow or sporatic; however, worth the wait as each meal is individually prepared by the one sole expert chef. Excellent authentic cuisine, and reasonable portions. Some prices on the menu and once you receive the bill vary by a dollar; so you may want to check.
The food was excellent and the wait staff kind, but you should not have to wait over an hour to get something to eat. This is a regular occurrence from what I understand. I suggest to ask for naan to be brought out right away or to get a snack before arriving.
The restaurant was pretty quiet, but my party arrived at about 6:30 so it might get busier a bit later. The food did take a little while to arrive, but we were prepared for it as our server told us when we sat down.
Was it worth the wait? Absolutely!! It gave us a chance to chat and have a glass of wine before the meal arrived. The food is freshly made and it sure tastes like it! If you like spicy food, make sure to order it spicy because "Medium" and "Hot" were a little on the mild side. However, the flavor was terrific and very accessible for novice and experienced eaters alike. The portions are large and the flavor is bigger.
The only thing I wasn't wildly enthusiastic about was the level of salt. It could have been the dishes we ordered, but the Saag Paneer and Baingan Bharta were pretty heavily salted. That being said, it was still a wonderful meal.
The wine list was pretty good and the beer list was quite extensive. Overall, I would give this an 9/10. Since I am clearly (not) an expert food critic take this review with a grain of salt. Just don't bring it to the table ;)
As far as I am concerned the only way to enjoy food is to share with the whole group. The five of us all agreed how amazing each of the vegetarian dishes were different in the nuanced spicing and texture. Whether a dal or curry dish they were fresh, distinct and just yum. Only drawback was being seated in front of the big screen with the continuing Bollywood musical clips in the background. For 1 1/2 hours I swear it was the same voice even though it was different females appearing throughout.
Taj Mahal offers far and away the best Indian food in the Boise area. It's a bit pricier than the other Indian restaurants here, but well worth it for the range and quality of the food--also worth the wait time as they prepare everything to order--the pleasant atmosphere, and the attentive service, even a personal visit from the owner. Large portions, by the way; we took quite a bit home with us. We'll be back. Many times.
The experience was wonderful; excellent food, perfectly salted lassi and decor that felt like you weren't in Boise anymore! I really recommend the okra...I typically am not an okra fan but this was by far one of the tastiest things I've tried in years. The beer selection was one of the biggest I have seen in Boise and full of unique, worldly choices. The food took a while to prepare but then again being from the Middle East I understand how long it takes to prepare this style of food and wouldn't trust a cook who rushed through my dish. I really enjoyed their samosas as well, just the right amount of spice. My fiance loved his briyani as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!
I read plenty of reviews regarding the long wait and came prepared. At the top of the menu it fairly warns they cook your full dish from scratch so it takes longer; frankly it was worth sitting for two hours start to finish. Anyone upset at that fact clearly hadn't read the menu or had somewhere to be; you're not going through a drive-thru or a big chain restaurant. The owner sat us down himself and played with our two year old-even gave him free dessert. It says quite a bit to me that he hardly got restless the whole time because we were well taken care of. While my dish was spicier than described in the menu, everything we ordered was delicious (tandoori seekh kabob, coconut lamb curry, and kheema, garlic and coconut naan). Will be back.
There were only 2 others in the restaurant when my friends and I were seated. 15 minutes later, still no waitress. Finally ordered appetizer tray.Appetizer arrived, extremely overcooked, Asked waitress for plates and some chutneys, etc.. 10 minutes later, still no plates. Asked again. Another 5 minutes, nothing. I personally went to the buffet area and got the plates. Waitress was standing there texting. Told her I was not pleased at all. Only response, "sorry". If I didn't have guests, I would have left immediately without paying.
She returned to ask about entree orders. Really wasn't too helpful in explaining anything. We guessed, and the food that did arrive was quite tasty. Not the heat level we ordered. Got mild wanted HOT,
On the recommendations of some locals, we went to Taj Majal in Boise and were very glad that we did. The host and wait-staff were wonderful, kind, and helpful. The food they recommended was impeccable, and the entire dinner was delicious. My local friends were delighted to hear that I shared their enthusiasm for Taj Majal, and we will all be back soon.
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