With a collective decades of restaurant experience behind them, three industry veterans — chefs Dilip Gurung and Manjees Adhikari and front-of-house manager Raj Shrestha — have opened Mandala Indian Cuisine on Saratoga’s Big Basin Way.

This sophisticated newcomer to the restaurant row features an extensive menu of contemporary and traditional Indian dishes — plus a few surprises —  served in a chic setting with a wine bar. Outdoor tables are also available.

Saratoga: 3 restaurant veterans open Mandala Indian
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Saratoga’s Mandala Indian Cuisine is owned by chefs Manjees Adhikari and Dilip Gurung and front-of-house manager Raj Shrestha (Photo courtesy of Mandala Indian Cuisine) 

Appetizers range from Vegetable Samosas and Avocado Chaat to Nepalese-style Chicken Momo dumplings and spicy Prawns Peri Peri, with Afro-Portuguese roots. A dozen vegetarian curries are offered in addition to the long list of chicken, lamb and seafood dishes. And from the clay oven come Tandoori Chilean Sea Bass, Mint Salmon Tikka and Rack of Lamb.

Instead of a traditional midday buffet, the trio of owners pivoted to a “bento box” offering at lunchtime, with more than 30 entree choices. “We’ll continue in the future as we’re getting a good response from our customers about the bento boxes,” Shrestha said.

Details: Open daily for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. (Friday-Saturday until 9:30) at 14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. www.mandalaic.com/home