Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Grand Rapids’ Pind Indian Cuisine serves dishes with bold, robust flavors

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GRAND RAPIDS — On the corner of W Fulton Street and Monroe Avenue NW, Pind Indian Cuisine has been serving flavorful favorites since 2019.

The Indian restaurant, at 241 W. Fulton St., serves a lunch buffet and has dinner service, along with a full bar.

With plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, the expansive menu includes appetizers, tandoori entrees, biryani, lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian entrees, a variety of breads, drinks and desserts.

Familiar favorites like samosas, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, malai kofta and naan are on the menu, along with lassi drinks and cocktails.

At Pind, naan is served with an herbed yogurt dip called raita and appetizers are served with tamarind and mint chutneys.

The restaurant’s location was formerly Russo’s International Market, which closed in 2018.

Pind Indian Cuisine has two locations in Virginia and the Grand Rapids spot.

Butter chicken, pictured here, is one of the most popular dishes at Pind Indian Cuisine in Grand Rapids. (Audra Gamble/MLive)

Owner Manny Singh said the restaurant serves dishes from northern India, where his mom is from. He said the classic northern Indian combo is butter chicken and garlic naan. Pind’s butter chicken is in an aromatic tomato-based sauce with fresh ground spices and cream, served with rice.

Along with the butter chicken ($17.95), Singh said other crowd-pleasers on the menu are the crispy cauliflower (lasooni gobhi) appetizer ($9.95), vegetable samosas ($6.95) and chicken korma ($16.95) in a spiced cashew sauce.

“Pretty much every table orders the samosas,” Singh said.

The restaurant is open every weekday from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends for lunch. Pind is closed 3 p.m.-5 p.m., then reopens at 5 p.m. for dinner each day. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“During lunch, we do a buffet, and then we reopen for dinner,” Singh said. “We have different dishes every day on the buffet. Whoever is coming in, we don’t want them to get bored.”

Garlic naan

A northern India classic, garlic naan, is served with an herbed yogurt dip at Pind Indian Cuisine in Grand Rapids. (Audra Gamble/MLive)

Singh’s personal favorite on the menu is the coastal shrimp curry, which he said pairs well with wine. The dish is a shrimp coconut curry inspired by the coastal region of western India.

The $19.95 dish is described as a a shrimp coconut curry inspired by the coastal region of western India.

If you save enough room for dessert at Pind, several of the traditional Indian desserts on the menu are recipes from Singh’s mom.

“We have homemade malai kulfi and gulab jamun,” he said. “Everything you eat here we make here, and my mom’s gulab jamun is better than mine.”

Malai kulfi is a classic Indian ice cream and gulab jamun is lightly fried pastry infused with cardamom. Both items sell for $4.95.

For somebody brand new to Indian cuisine, Singh recommends ordering either the butter chicken or grilled tandoori chicken tikka, which is white meat chicken marinated with yogurt and a mild sauce.

“You can’t go wrong with any of these dishes,” he said.

A full menu is available online at pindindiancuisinegr.com. The restaurant can be reached at 616-805-4765

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