Indian Delights is located at The Depot in Cedar Park. (Sumaya Malik / Community Impact Newspaper)
Indian Delights, a restaurant located next to the historic Austin Steam Train in Cedar Park, serves daily Indian food to its repeat customers.
Foods are known to be cooked in small batches and sometimes twice daily to provide only fresh food at the table. The restaurant celebrated its first birthday earlier this month with fast food delivery, Uber Eats delivery, and the like.
“It is the favorite place for people to eat Indian food,” said Gajan Monagala, one of the owners of the restaurant who is a foodie and has been cooking since his high school days.
Indian Delights opened at The Depot in Cedar Park, in May 2021, when COVID-19 numbers were high, but business continued to grow.
Monagala said Indian food is becoming more and more popular among the locals. About 60% of clients have relationships with South Asia.
Owned by three partners, the company aims to serve South Indian and North Indian cuisine, and patrons can choose the buffet or order from the à la carte menu.
Chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, malai kofta and biryani are popular items on the menu. All meat dishes are halal with meat sourced locally from the Halal Stop Shop in South Austin. Monagala said he also hopes to expand the list with more variety.
During the week, the restaurant offers specials such as Chaat Night on Wednesdays and Dosa Night on Thursdays.
Chaat is a savory dish filled with potatoes, onions, chickpeas, and cilantro, and dosa are crunchy pancakes made with rice flour and feature various fillings.
Monagala said he focuses on freshness, and even items like biryani, a multi-step rice dish, are made in small batches twice a day.
Monagala said the owners, who had hoped to see growth after COVID-19 numbers plummeted, are now seeing the effects of the price hikes caused by the Russia-Ukrainian war.
“All prices have gone up. We use 800 units of cream and milk every week, each one more than $1,” Monagala said. “That’s $1,000 a week for us.”
But so far, the restaurant continues to see repeat customers who remain loyal. Indian Delights also has a banquet room separate from the main dining hall for up to 50 guests.
Monagala said he hopes to see more customers booking the room “now that the COVID numbers are down.”
On Thursdays, the restaurant offers Dosa Night, where customers can try a variety of items, including:
- Bhojya Potato: Curry with potatoes and spices
- Pani Puri: Indian street food with fried flatbread and stuffed with chutney, potatoes, onions or chickpeas
- Mint sauce: a condiment made from mint, coriander, ginger and garlic
- Sambar: a stew of lentils, vegetables, tamarind and spices
- Sandwich Dosa: Crispy pancakes made of rice flour and stuffed with different fillings
- Sooji: a dessert made of semolina or wheat, ghee, and sugar
401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-106 Cedar Park
Opening hours: Monday to Friday. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; sit down. 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 5-9:30 PM