More than a year after its originally scheduled release, St. Pete’s new restaurant twisted indian open to the public for the very first time today.
Located at 2639 Central Ave. in the popular Grand Central neighborhood, Twisted Indian will be tentatively open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Owner Lokesh Vale told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that once things are fully operational, his new restaurant will most likely be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., but will remain closed on Mondays.
Twisted Indian’s brick and mortar offers the same menu as its food truck, but with a few extra dishes like its tofu tikka masala. Vale says its menu will get a few more finishing touches as customers can expect new drinks and sides like spicy lemonade and sweet potato samosas in the near future.
Menu categories include tacos, Bollywood bowls, yogi fries, curritos, his naanwhiches, sides and drinks. Protein choices include chicken, paneer and tofu tikka masala, lamb and seitan korma (a mild yogurt-based curry), and spicy cauliflower.
“I would say maybe half – actually a little more than half – of our offerings are planting-based,” Vale says. Vegan and vegetarian markers are also scattered across the Twisted Indian menu.
He describes his recently opened restaurant as “a modern take on Indian cuisine; not the same old menu you’ll see in other restaurants.
One of his favorite dishes (and one of his most popular) is Twisted Indian’s Yogi fries covered in black salt and various other spices, tangy coleslaw, yogurt sauce, tikka masala and cheese. Mozzarella.
The downtown St. Pete restaurant was originally slated to open in the spring of 2021 and is the first commercial tenant in its three-story building overlooking Central Avenue across from Bandit Coffee Co.
Citing outsourcing issues in the delay, Vale says he and his team are thrilled to finally be open to Grand Central. It’s unclear if the Twisted Indian will have an official grand opening in the future, or if it’ll naturally transition to full service.
Vale is also unsure about the future of its Twisted Indian food truck. It will remain out of service until the end of this summer, but could start throwing naanwhiches again by the fall. The food truck’s most popular stop was in downtown St. Petersburg Saturday morning market, which will soon host its last market until October 2022.