Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine

Try This: Aloo Papri Chaat
3311 E State Highway 114, Southlake
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No slight to the mom and pop Indian restaurants that many of us cherish, but some choose to focus on the cuisine and not necessarily the atmosphere. Mughlai, which opened earlier this year in Southlake, pays so much attention to both, it spoils you; you want every Indian restaurant to be like this. 

You dine under soft lighting and whitewashed wooden beams, at booths blanketed in tablecloths and accented with nice china and sparkling wine glasses. Unless you shoo them away, servers dote. 

It’s hard to think of another local Indian restaurant with an atmosphere as alluring as this — except, of course, the original Mughlai in Dallas, opened six years ago by Sonia and Javeed Khan. The popularity of the Dallas store paved the way for a second venture, this one right around the corner from the family’s Southlake home.

Dishes are meant to be shared — a good idea since what you order will be as good as what your dining companions order. Without question, your meal should include the stunning aloo papri chaat, a concoction of soft, diced potatoes, tamarind chutney, chickpeas, yogurt and slivers of fried dough. The restaurant's signature dish is murgh tikka makhani, a creamy stew of chicken chunks, tomatoes and fenugreek; you'll fight over the last drop.