The Grand Taj Curry and Grill Indian Restaurant is scheduled to open its doors the third week of July on the second floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel Kotwal M. Singh chef and director of operations told the Journal.

Singh is leaving his position as regional executive chef of the Hard Rock Cafe after 13 years at the Pleasure Island eatery. “I will focus on my own restaurant now “” he said.

The restaurant will offer North Indian cuisine and a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes. “”It will be more authentic with more vegetarian dishes and a different style of cooking with different kinds of spices and herbs. We will use no MSG or artificial ingredients in the kitchen “” said Singh.

Singh invited the public to come and “”Try real Indian cuisine with Indian tandoori dishes including freshly baked naan breads. … Vegetarian dishes are the way to go for those who are diabetic “” Singh said.

Lunch diners will be able to order from the menu a la carte or enjoy the restaurant’s buffet with an assortment of North Indian specialties including salads hot entrees and desserts. The buffet will feature a marinated cucumber salad and a hot lentil soup called shorba.

Among the buffet’s hot entrees will be chicken Makhani which is boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and Indian spices and cooked in a rich tomato and butter sauce with fenugreek leaves and fresh cream. Another entree is the beef korma which is tender beef cooked with onions and Indian spices in a cashew nut gravy. Also on the buffet will be fresh naan breads: unleavened bread baked in a tandoori overn and pulao rice. “”Pulao rice is long grain rice cooked with aromatic Indian spices like cinnamon and cardamom saffron and butter “” said Singh.

Specialties on the menu include curries rogan josh vindaloos and vegetarian favorites like aloo gobi and mushroom mutter. The Grand Taj meat entrees include beef chicken lamb fish and shrimp. “”Tandoori is a special style of Indian barbecue. It uses a kiln made of clay to bake roast or barbecue meats “” said Singh.

The lunch buffet will cost $9.99 plus 10% service charge and does not include beverages. Menu prices range from $9.95 to $39.95 for steak and lobster.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Grand Taj will also offer delivery and catering services.