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Red Fort Cuisine provides authentic taste of India in St. George

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03 May, 2019 By Red Fort Cuisine of India

“I’ve grown up in the restaurant business and that's my passion. I feel it’s my obligation to serve the public with the best quality.”

Cooking means everything to Paraminderjit Bhatti.

“I have been doing it since as long I can remember,” Bhatti said. “It’s a way of showing love and great compassion to another through some deliciousness.”

Bhatti’s turned that passion into his profession and recently opened a new restaurant in St. George called the Red Fort Cuisine of India.

The restaurants high ceilings, traditional metal serving bowls and curved archways all help transport customers to India, but it’s the food that really carry people to the streets of Delhi where the historic Red Fort still stands today.



“What I hope the customer takes is a trip to India with his or her first bite of some ethnic and aromatic food while sitting in a cozy ambiance environment,” Bhatti said. “I want them to feel the love and care we have for them with every bite they take.”

And customers have been heaping on the praise for Bhatti and his famiily in dozens of five star reviews online since the restaurant opened in the fall of 2018.

The star of the menu is the Chicken Tikka Masala with its chunks of chicken breast in a bright orange sauce. It’s often described as “just out of this world.” The Red Fort’s Chicken Tikka Masala is blasting with ethnic flavors that make your taste buds think they’re not in Utah anymore.

“The dish makes you leave the world you are living in and throws you right back to your seat after the first taste,” Bhatti said.

He recommends the Vegetable Coconut Kurma or the Mixed Vegetable Curry for vegetarian guests.

“We consider every customer that walks through the door as our family, therefore the quality must be there,” Bhatti said.

Bhatti’s family helps him run the Red Fort too. They gather together on Sundays to discuss the menu and decide what’s working and what might need tweaking to achieve perfection. 
The family has been in the restaurant business for decades. They opened the successful Bombay House restaurant in Salt Lake City and restaurants in Washington.

To give the food its authentic flavors, Bhatti imports some of his spices from India. He said he sources what he can locally, but ultimately it’s about achieving those true Indian flavors.

The iconic Red Fort in Delhi was the main residence for emperors of the Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years, and the restaurant’s entrees would be fit to serve any of its namesake’s previous residents.

The menu includes lamb, chicken, shrimp and fish as well as vegetarian and vegan entrees. And for dessert, the gulab jamun pastry that’s soaked in rose flavored syrup is a favorite of online reviewers along with the homemade Indian ice cream called kulfi.

The only downside to the success of the Red Fort is that the secret is out in St. George. It’s not uncommon to wait for a table on weekend nights. Bhatti has expanded the restaurant’s hours to include a lunch service.


This article was presented and sponsored by Red Fort Cuisine of India. For more information, go to redforcuisine.com.


See Red Fort Cuisine of India on the cover of the 2019 Best of Southern Utah magazine. For complete 2019 Best of Southern Utah results click here.

 


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