Best Indian in Boise.
Excellent food, Friendly service, large portions. Setting feels authentic. Makes for a fun evening. The owner spends significant time at customer tables.
Taj Mahal is hands down the best and most authentic Indian/Pakistani restaurant in Idaho. The service can be slow, but that is because each dish is personally attended to by the master chef and co-owner (with her husband). We have eaten at Indian restaurants all over the United States and England. This one ranks among the top few.
The food was outstanding. It is so nice to have a great Indian food restaurant inBoise. The service however while nice people it was really slow like they had not served food before. Go when you have plenty of time. But be prepared to eat delicious food.
I’ve been to many, many Indian restaurants and this is one of the best.
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!
The food here is absolutely awesome! The combinations that are offered and the spices and flavors of the dishes are just great! Do yourself a favor and eat here soon.
This was our first time at the downtown restaurant and we were both very impressed with the food. We both had different curries and both were delicious! The heat level was exactly as requested. We will definitely be back!
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.
Great food, very very very slow service, but we weren't on a schedule so we just enjoyed ech others company!
Great food with excellent preparation but SLOW service
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.
This place is fabulous!! Family run, authentic, EVERYTHING IS HOMEMADE!! We can't wait to go back!
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.
We tried several types of curry dishes and loved them all. We will definitely be visiting Taj Mahal often.
Everything was awesome and we tried a lot of options to get the full experience.
Very personal meal. Everything was delicious. Best meal I've had in Boise. Do yourself self a favor and go. Give your self a couple hours, the food does take a little longer to come out, but it's well worth it.
This is such a great restaurant! (Try as many dishes as you can share with your table.)
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.
Culturally it was a wonderful experience, we met the owner who really went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience! The food was outstanding, very delicious, great portions and value, this is a must do on a visit to Boise!
Lots of options for vegans. Good service. Owner dropped by to make sure we were happy. Highly recommend.
Food was expensive for the portions. My chicken tandoori was a very small lean thigh. Shrimp curry was very good and tasty.
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.
Even though the staff were unable to recall and prepare for our Open Table reservation for 10 people at 7pm on a Sat eve, they accommodated us and were very gracious about it. food was grest as usual and the staff re always very friendly. Thank you!
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.
This is one not to miss. If you are looking for quality Indian food and warm and friendly service, Taj is the best in Boise. May I also add, the best in the West!
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!
My husband ordered a dish made with goat and it was full of bones. My shrimp dish was dry.