Taste of India in Bangor undergoing renovations; new menu and bar set for late February re-opening

Diners eat lunch at Taste of India in Bangor in this 2009 BDN file photo.

Diners eat lunch at Taste of India in Bangor in this 2009 BDN file photo.

Taste of India, a staple of downtown Bangor’s dining scene for the past 25 years, is currently closed and is undergoing extensive renovations, said co-owner Shri Kant.

Kant, who took over operations of the restaurant about a year ago, has planned a number of changes to the venerable Indian establishment — though he does plan to keep menu favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Curry on the menu.

The interior of the restaurant is being remodeled, and will now feature a bar offering handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine. The menu will reflect a new fusion of Indian and French cuisine, including some new coconut-based curries and several lamb shank and lamb chop dishes.

“It’s going to be more of a bistro-style menu. I was inspired by Indian restaurants in Boston and New York and Chicago,” said Kant, a 2009 graduate of Bangor High School.

Kant said he plans a grand re-opening on Feb. 25, to coincide with the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. For more information, like Taste of India on Facebook.

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