It’s Friday and you know what that means?! The weekend is just around the corner and it’s time to review a local gluten free restaurant in Phoenix! I was recently invited to try out Marigold Maison’s Tour of India and I was pumped. An Indian restaurant close to home?! No way. Could this be my new go-to place for Indian food? You’ll have to keep on reading to find out!
I love Indian food – especially butter chicken and masala dosa. Those are hands down my favorite Indian dishes ever. After moving back to Phoenix from the Bay Area, I thought I would never find a decent Indian food joint. I was spoiled in the Bay Area. It’s a melting pot of Indians from every region in India and I would eat it at least once or twice a week. Since moving back to Phoenix, I don’t have a lot of friends that are adventurous enough to go eat Indian food with me. So I’ve missed out the past few years aside from Chicken Tikka Masala frozen meals from Trader Joe’s until now.
Marigold Maison is run by Executive Chef Sunil Kumar who has been cooking for over 25 years and owns various restaurants here in Phoenix as well as in Chicago. He takes pride in every location he owns as well as every dish that comes out of his kitchen. Hearing him speak about the ingredients that go into every one of his curries as well as the process that goes into them, you know he loves what he does. For example, he will roast various spices and herbs before grinding them and putting them into his dishes to give them that extra burst of flavor in each dish. He also uses olive oil instead of ghee to be healthier.
They were also very accommodating of my gluten free needs and they have a large variety of things on the menu that are gluten free. One of the reasons I love Indian food is that there are tons of gluten free options and I can usually always find options for me when I eat out. Sadly, their samosas were not gluten free and those used to be my favorite. If you can try them out, I would highly recommend it!
Chef Kumar designed the “Tour of India” as a way to represent the various food regions of India so that you can try them all when you can’t decide what to order. You get a taste of 6 different options, a side of rice and dessert all for $24 per person. Did you know that India has 28 regions and they each have a different way of cooking and ingredients? Not only did I eat wonderful food, but I learned some new things in the process. I’d say this night was a win.
We started out with several types of pappadum which is a crispy lentil appetizer that has a crunch like chips but much thinner. They also gave us a side of three different type of chutneys as a dip for the pappadum. To drink, I ordered the Spicy Goat Riesling and it definitely complemented the food nicely. If you like a semi-sweet wine, that is the route to go.
For the main course, we were served the Tour of India on a platter with 8 different bowls. In the bowls we got: Paneer Korma (Northern Speciality), Chicken Tikka Masala (Central Specialty), Gulab Jumun (Eastern Speciality, rice pudding dessert), Shrimp Tandoori Tikka (Eastern Speciality), Desi Salad (Central India), Basmati Rice, Lamb Vindaloo (Southwestern Speciality) and Medu Vada (Southern). Everything pictured on my platter was gluten free including the Medu Vada (the doughnut looking pastry). My favorite by far was the Chicken Tikka Masala, Medu Vada and Gulab Jumun because you know, dessert. There was just enough on the platter to get a good taste of what each dish has to offer and the variety that Marigold Maison has to offer.
To finish off our tasting, we had another round of drinks. I opted for the Marigold Mule which is a twist on a Moscow Mule. This mule is made with a green chili vodka to give it a hint of spice at the end of a sip but not so intrusive that you have to chase it down with some milk.
Final thoughts on Marigold Maison… I will definitely be coming here again. I love that they do delivery through Postmates (although that can be deadly…haha) and that they are not that far from my house. They have a great variety of food whether it be curries, vegetarian options, appetizers, or dessert. They also have my favorites: tikka masala, butter chicken and gulab jumun and 2 out of the 3 were delish (didn’t get to try the butter chicken).
This was a sponsored post by Marigold Maison. My meal was compensated as part of “Tour of India” preview. All thoughts and opinions are my own.