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From the Indian equivalent of wood fire—a charcoal-fueled tandoor oven—comes Portland’s best Indian food. But the real find at East India Co is the seasonally rotating, four-course tasting menu showcasing the flavors of Indian holidays, from the bright colors of Holi to traditional street foods on Mother’s Day. Chef Pradeep Chandrana’s exploration of northern and western Indian styles uncovers a wealth of meatless wonders, from tandoor-singed mushrooms paired with spicy tamarind-date chutney to a vegetable vindaloo boasting the kind of over-the-top spice not often found in vegetarian food. Arrive early in the evening, snag one of the dramatically plush booths, and lean onto embroidered pillows while you dig into adventurous appetizers, pyramids of delicate rice, and copper dishes hiding vibrant sauces. 

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