Over the weekend my husband and I visited Prescott, Arizona for his Birthday. Granted his birthday was in September, he couldn’t get the time off so we adjusted the dates and ended up taking a mini-vacation on October 17th. Prescott has many unique shops and restaurants in their downtown. One thing that we both enjoyed was this particular restaurant. Here is our experience.
124 N. Montezuma Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Hours: 11a to 10p, Monday – Thursday
11a to 11p, Friday – Sunday
The ‘Taj Mahal’ is located just off Gurley St. in downtown Prescott Arizona on North Montezuma St. This is the place to be if you’re looking for some awesome Indian Cuisine.
As you enter the restaurant you’re engulfed by the amazing smells one would expect at any of the spice markets in India. Space isn’t an issue at this restaurant. There are a number of eating areas – a large dining room, a lounge as well as an upper and lower patio.
We were greeted by the hostess and seated in the large dining room as it was a lot quieter than the lounge where there were a number of people celebrating someone’s birthday; noted by the number of times “Happy Birthday” was sung. I think we counted at least three renditions.
The menu was full of many dishes with Tandori, Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp, Fish, Vegan and Vegetarian.
We both enjoyed the Taj Naan as an appetizer – Naan made with Tandoori chicken and onions.
It was served with 4 different kinds of spreads – pumpkin/cilantro, cilantro/mint, tamarin and ginger/tomato. They were all very tasty and went well with the Naan.
I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala – Chicken cooked in a creamy sauce of garlic, ginger and onions at a medium spice level. The flavors of spices were throughout the Chicken and the creamy sauce was amazing.
Al, my partner in crime, ordered one of the Vegetarian dishes called Mushroom Bjaji – fresh mushrooms, onions and Indian spices at a medium spice level. He enjoyed the variety of mushrooms grilled to perfection and infused with spices.
The side of Peas Pulao – Basmati Rice seasoned with Almonds, Golden Raisins and Peas added a great base to the meal.
We also ordered a side of one of their Clay Oven Hot Breads – Garlic Naan – made with garlic and cilantro; a nice compliment to both main courses. It’s always good to have Naan with Indian Cuisine, as one isn’t sure of the spices used to make the meal.
For dessert we split some Kulfi – Indian style ice cream. We had the Mango flavor; a great flavor to calm the taste buds after an awesome meal.
The waitress was awesome. She was very attentive and kept our drinks filled and visited often to check up on us. We even had a visit from the owner checking on our meals to ensure our complete satisfaction; taking pride in his heritage.
If you ever get to Prescott, AZ and happen to be around Montezuma Street downtown, I recommend visiting this establishment for an unforgettable experience – Well Done!