Royal India restaurant brings an Indian fine dining
experience to Sandy, Utah, and a new definition for
curry. India’s cuisine is as rich and diverse
as its people. Almost every region of India has its
own distinct flavor, delicacies and style of cooking.
Royal India is known for its excellent quality of food
and service. It is the only Indian restaurant in Utah
that offers north and south Indian cuisine. The attentive
staff and tasteful interior create an upscale fine dining
experience. Royal India has been awarded with the Best
Indian restaurant in Utah for the years 2001,2002 and
2004 by Salt Lake Magazine. Zagat survey has rated their
food and service as 24 out 30.
Owner/chef Emmanuel Shanthakumar and his father Dr.
Daniel Shanthakumar who is a management consultant started
this elegant restaurant in 1998. Owner/Chef Emmanuel
learned to cook in restaurants in India and the United
States, where he lived for 14 years. Emmanuel visits
India quite often to learn more about diversity of Indian
regional cooking and brings back the latest culinary
delight and creative Indian recipes from south and northern
India. Emmanuel improvises tasty dishes in chicken,
lamb, seafood and vegetables without compromising the
authenticity of Indian cooking. In Royal India kitchen,
where the curry is freshly ground and everything, including
yogurt and cheese is made from scratch. For Chef Emmanuel
creating new recipes and cooking is a personal passion.
Royal India’s mixed appetizer platter provides
a sampler of appetizer like vegetable samosa, onion
bhajjis and vegetable and chicken pakoras served with
mint and tamarind chutney. There are three soups to
choose from. Palak soup, which is made of spinach and
cream and herbs, is delicious.
If you like something with sauce or gravy you have
wide choices of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetables.
Tandoori (clay oven) dishes are served in a sizzling
platter. Chef specialties like pepper chicken, pudhina
chicken are made from Emmanuel’s own recipes.
If you want south Indian delicacies you choose from
different varieties of Dosas, which are crispy crepes
made from lentil and rice.
If there is anyone in your group who is a vegetarian
or vegan, there are several dishes to choose from. If
you prefer some changes in your order from the menu,
the chefs are happy to make it for you. If you are unsure
of anything in the menu, the wait staff will gladly
The beverage menu includes juices, mango and sweet
lassis (yogurt blend), India tea and soft drinks. There
is a limited selection of wines and Indian beers.
ROYAL INDIA, SANDY
A week ago I was eating in my favorite Indian restaurant
in New York City thinking that it would be a long time
before I had another Indian meal that good. But I was
mistaken. The food at Royal India is as good, and possibly
better, than that of my old Big Apple favorite.
So for me, what distinguishes a good Indian restaurant
from a great one largely has to do with the little things:
décor, specialty dishes, breads, service. It’s
those types of considerations that have made Royal India
my favorite Indian restaurant in Utah. I have had very
good meals in every Indian restaurant is Utah –
I have eaten in them all – but Royal India, out
in Sandy, is the best of the bunch.
Food Critic, Utah)
There is no doubt that Royal India has mastered the
components of Indian cuisine – lamb, chicken,
shrimp and vegetables, seasoned with a wealth of spices.
Restaurant Reviewer, Salt Lake Tribune)
Chef –owner Emmanuel Shanthakumar opened Royal
India, where he concentrates on preparing authentic
Indian Cuisine that never disappoints. Tantalizing spices
enhance the flavors of chef specialties. Tasteful surroundings
and gracious servers enhance the dining experience.
(Salt Lake Magazine, 2002)
There is no shortage of Indian eateries in the Salt
Lake Valley, so why do Indian food aficionados trek
out to Sandy’s Royal India to dine? Well, it comes
down to Chef/Owner Emmanuel Shanthakumar and family,
who welcome customers with warm Indian hospitality and
then bowl them over with a lovely restaurant ambience
and the most authentic Indian cuisine in the state.
“It is a must if you are with in 50 miles”,
say Indian food followers. “The excellent fare”
including “sophisticated curries”, and
“delicious naan” is served by a “great staff” of “fantastic people”.
ROYAL INDIA, BOUNTIFUL
brings spicy culture to Bountiful", says Dave
Anderton from Deseret Morning News. He adds that the
owner, Emmanuel Shanthakumar, goes 'round the world to
get his recipes right. Paul Barker, also from the
Deseret Morning News says that Emmanuel maintains a
friendly atmosphere at his Bountiful restaurant. He also
calls Royal India "a gem located on the historical
Main Street in Bountiful".