Intriguing Indian restaurant from celebrity chef makes Texas debut in Plano
An interesting Indian restaurant from an internationally renowned chef is coming to Texas. Called The Yellow Chilli, it's a concept from "Master Chef" Sanjeev Kapoor, considered to be India's most famous celebrity chef, and will open its first location in Texas at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.
According to a release, the restaurant will be located at 5700 Legacy Dr. and is anticipated to open summer 2019.
Kapoor is a celebrated face of Indian cuisine, a restaurateur, TV host, winner of several culinary awards, and author of more than 150 best-selling cookbooks. He has endorsement deals and runs his own 24-hour food channel.
He launched his flagship restaurant chain, The Yellow Chilli by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, in 2001, and opened the first U.S. location in California in 2017. The name of the restaurant draws inspiration from a special yellow chili commonly used in the chaat dishes found on the streets of Meerut in India.
There are currently 45 locations worldwide. The concept comes to Plano via a local franchisee.
Kapoor designed the menu as a gastronomic tour of India, featuring the quintessential dishes of each region made using the freshest ingredients. Many items are Indian classics given a contemporary twist.
The release describes Yellow Chilli as representing Indian food in all its eccentricity and diversity. Google calls it a stylish chain restaurant serving Mughlai, Punjabi, and dishes from India's Northwestern frontier.
Dishes include Shaam Savera — spinach koftas filled with creamed cottage cheese and served floating on a velvety tomato butter gravy. Puran Singh da Tariwala Murgh is chicken gravy from a dhaba on the famous Delhi-Ambala Road.
A wide variety of curries include common items like chicken tikka, but also others not seen around Dallas such as one with broccoli and water chestnuts. There are lamb chops cooked in a clay oven, and steamed fish with Indian herbs.
Starters include mushrooms stuffed with cheese and roasted in the tandoor oven; and a chicken salad with avocado.
Kelsey Ishmael, marketing director of The Shops at Legacy, says in a statement that Yellow Chilli will serve the worldly tastes of their guests. "We are pleased to be able to offer restaurant options that help guests enjoy the best of even the most far-reaching locations," she says.