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The first thing you notice about the Royal Peacock is the smell: incense and curry, old carpets and fresh cinnamon and ancient tandoor smoke. It's a warm, cloying and sweet smell, and a hint that the Peacock isn't your average strip-mall Indian outpost. The very traditional kitchen offers tastes of India straight out of Goa and Bombay. The curries are smoky-hot, the tandoori meats incredibly tender. The menu has inspired such a fierce loyalty among transplanted Coloradans that the kitchen also does a nice side business shipping out saags and kormas and thalis on ice.
The Royal Peacock would win this award on smell alone. As you walk up to the restaurant, it feels like you could be lifted off the ground by the mingled aromas coming from the kitchen, like a cartoon hobo smelling pie. But once you get past the smell of tandoori and cumin, curry, saffron and a hundred other barely identifiable odors — once you get through the door, make your way to a table, thumb through the well-worn menu and order a royal feast — it's the flavors those smells ride on that make such a lasting impression. The Royal Peacock's setting is a nondescript strip mall. But its food is so good as to be almost beyond words.
The Royal Peacock would win this award on smell alone. As you walk up to the restaurant, it feels like you could be lifted off the ground by the mingled aromas coming from the kitchen, like a cartoon hobo smelling pie. But once you get past the smell of tandoori and cumin, curry, saffron and a hundred other barely identifiable odors -- once you get through the door, make your way to a table, thumb through the well-worn menu and order a royal feast -- it's the flavors those smells... More »
For more years than we can remember, Royal Peacock has been serving not just the best Indian food in the area, but some of the best Indian food anywhere -- the kind you can eat once and dream about for years after, or eat every day and still crave at midnight. There's no gimmickry here, no flash, no bizarre international fusions or misguided attempts at modernization. Instead, the menu is full of brilliant and full-flavored versions of somasa, murgh chaat, boti kebab, Goan masala and... More »
For decades, Royal Peacock's Shanti Awatramani has been serving some of the best Indian food in the United States. Before that, he worked in some of the best Indian restaurants, hotels and resorts in Bombay. He grew up in the hotel-and-restaurant business (as did his niece, Laxmi Lalchandani, who often runs the floor at the Peacock these days), and everything he learned he brought with him to Boulder, where he opened the Royal Peacock. The menu has been largely unchanged from the first day... More »
Chutney's and its chef, Ravi Chandra, present a view of Indian cuisine that's somewhat above and to the left of the norm — but they're not alone. The Royal Peacock, which opened in Boulder back in 1983, has always offered Indian food that took... More »
It should be enough that the Royal Peacock (see review, page 49) serves some of the best Indian food I've ever had. It should be enough that owner Shanti Awatramani is willing to ship that food to transplanted Coloradans in Washington and New... More »
Laura staggers as we step through the double doors and into the Royal Peacock. She doesn't swoon, exactly, but there's not much in this world that can make her swoon. She misses her footing a little, and then a huge smile spreads across her face,... More »
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