Hours: Everyday 11:30am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-9:00pm; Closed Mondays
Location: 221 E. Kirkwood
There are many who travel to the far corners of the world seeking to delight their tongues with exotic richness. Luckily, Bloomington happens to be in possession of such a corner. Shanti, housed on the corner of Kirkwood and Lincoln, delivers excellent food, wonderful service, and a quaint atmosphere.
Specializing in northern Indian cuisine, it is the perfect place to embark upon Indian food for the first or forty-third time. And for those who have a limited appreciation for Indian foods, Shanti will help redeem anyone’s opinion of it. One of Shanti’s signature dishes is its “butter chicken.” It consists of tender chicken smothered in a sweet, buttery sauce.
Pour it over rice or dip it in naan, the Indian flat bread, to elicit an orgasmic response. If you’re going with friends, be sure not to be the one to order it for you will be the only one without leftovers since everyone will want a helping.
On most nights the owner is personally there to take your order. He will ask you how you would like your dishes prepared, mild or flaming. The service is an extremely important part of the dining experience, and Shanti goes to great lengths to provide familiarity and comfort. Due to its intimate settings, it is a great place for a date or a small group of four or five friends.
Don’t be surprised by the costs of the dinner menu; it proves to be a bit more expensive than the other ethnic restaurants. However, they do have a great lunch selection at a more reasonable price.