There’s no shortage of Indian restaurants on Long Island and, lately, each month seems to bring another one focusing on yet another regional specialty. What’s entirely uncommon, however, is an Indian restaurant with a full bar, VIP lounge and an elegant dining room with crystal chandeliers and white tablecloths.
That’s what you’ll find at Taj Indian Fusion, newly opened in Wantagh in the space that formerly housed Kyoudai Hibachi & Sushi Steakhouse (and, before that, Showa Hibachi).
In the kitchen is executive chef Nirmal Gomes who, said owner Victor Murthy, has 45 years of experience and has cooked in Manhattan at such well-regarded Indian restaurants as Tamarind and Utsav.
While you’ll find expected dishes such as vegetable samosas, chicken tandoori, lamb rogan josh and the vegetable curry aloo gobi, the menu also draws from the Chinese-Indian repertoire — the restaurant cuisine of Chinese immigrants cooking in India. So there’s hot and spicy manchow soup, a stir-fry of garlic Indo-Chinese shrimp, deep-fried and chili-sauced Manchurian chicken.
Starters here range from $5.95 to $17.95, mains from $11.95 to $35.
Taj Indian Fusion is at 1929 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, 516-900-1700, tajindianfusion.com.