12623 Meridian Ave East
Puyallup, Washington 98374
Karma Indian Cuisine
Cuisine: Northern Punjab-style Indian cooking; tandoori meats, seafood, large selection of naan, over 20 vegetarian dishes. Full menu served until 2 a.m. nightly.
Scene: Casual dining and swanky "Bollywood" martini bar and lounge
The South Hill restaurant ]offers Northern Punjab-style Indian food. Expanding into the adjacent space, the previously small restaurant more than doubled in size by adding an opulent lounge and martini bar. A wall of mirrors reflects amber lighting, candle flames and the jewel tones of pillowed booths and padded bench seating.
Tandoori chicken morsels in the makhani were delicious. It came off like a rich soup with subtle curry flavor. Dishes are served family-style at Karma, meaning in big bowls, with basmati rice on the side. The rice gave us an excuse to eat all the creamy butter sauce. Nimbu paani, a gingery lemonade-like drink, helped cut the heavy richness.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday