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Royal Taj: Best Buffet and Best Indian Restaurant

Chicken tikka masala is on the menu at the Royal Taj restaurant, voted Best Indian Restaurant and Best Buffet.
Chicken tikka masala is on the menu at the Royal Taj restaurant, voted Best Indian Restaurant and Best Buffet. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Howard County has long been known for its plethora of top-notch Indian restaurants. Among them, Royal Taj is a favorite for its authenticity, the variety of dishes and its excellent, professional service. Especially in the evenings, the white tablecloth restaurant feels elegant and upscale, and the waitstaff is impeccably attentive. And, of course, the food is fantastic.

The chicken tikka masala, chicken marinated in tomato, yogurt and spices, then cooked in a tandoori (clay) oven, is the most popular dish at Royal Taj, says owner Binda Singh. But Singh’s favorite is the tandoori lamb chop entrée; he enthuses about the lamb’s heady, spiced flavor. Health-conscious diners will be happy to hear that the lamb chops are healthy (“They are cooked in the tandoor,” Singh explains), but the flavors are what he loves most: “The spices! The herbs! The marinade!”

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