TAVA Restaurant and Bar

5.0 out of 5 
Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Popular Dishes

Vegetarian Samosas (2 Pieces)
Flaky, golden pastry generously stuffed with potatoes, green peas, mild herbs and spices
$5.00
Pakora
Lightly battered delicacies fried in all-natural canola oil
$7.00
Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Luscious, herb-marinated boneless chicken cooked in a tandoor and served with spicy chutney
$11.00
Tava Signature Sizzlers
A unique blend of luscious tandoori selections: sheesh kabab, chicken tikka, reshmi kabob and vege...
$16.00
Momo
Stuffed steamed dumplings seasoned with Himalayan herbs and spices, served with an exotic Nepalese...
$9.00
Chicken Tikka
Tender chunks of boneless chicken breast seasoned mildly with lemon juice and yogurt, lightly brow...
$17.00
Mutter Paneer
Fresh homemade paneer cheese cooked with olive oil, green peas, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger paste...
$15.00
Kadai Paneer
Homemade paneer cheese, bell peppers, onions, tomato, ginger, garlic sautéed in olive oil with che...
$15.00
Saag Paneer
Spinach cooked with cubes of paneer cheese delicately spiced and garnished with chopped ginger
$15.00
Dal Makhani
Whole black lentils simmered until tender, then sautéed with olive oil, creamy tomato sauce and he...
$13.00

Appetizers

Vegetarian Samosas (2 Pieces)
Flaky, golden pastry generously stuffed with potatoes, green peas, mild herbs and spices
$5.00
Pakora
Lightly battered delicacies fried in all-natural canola oil
$7.00
Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Luscious, herb-marinated boneless chicken cooked in a tandoor and served with spicy chutney
$11.00
Tava Signature Sizzlers
A unique blend of luscious tandoori selections: sheesh kabab, chicken tikka, reshmi kabob and vege...
$16.00
Momo
Stuffed steamed dumplings seasoned with Himalayan herbs and spices, served with an exotic Nepalese...
$9.00
Chicken Tikka
Tender chunks of boneless chicken breast seasoned mildly with lemon juice and yogurt, lightly brow...
$17.00
Calamari Bhaji (Tava Signature)
Tender calamari and chopped onions tossed in a chickpea, rice and corn-flour batter, lightly fried...
$11.00
Tava Fish Pakora (Signature Dish)
Delhi-style, herb-marinated whitefish with exotic seasoning
$9.50
Desi Chicken Wings (Hot)
Herb-marinated, lean chicken wings cooked in a tandoor and served with spicy mango chutney
$9.00
Chaat
A mouthwatering combination of boiled chickpeas, chopped fresh onions, plain yogurt, chaat masala,...
$8.00
Chicken65
Tender chicken in makhani sauce seasoned with mustard seed, whole red chili pepper, fresh ginger,...
$10.00
Chili Paneer Masala (Hot)
Homemade paneer cheese, fresh green chili and bell peppers sautéed with ginger, garlic and spicy d...
$14.00
Aloo Bomb
A mouthwatering combination of sautéed potato cubes and grilled fresh onion garnished with fresh c...
$8.00
Masala Papad (Hot)
Two thin crisp lentil papads cracker topped with masala mix (onion, tomato, green chili and cilant...
$6.00
Paneer Tikka
Fresh herb-marinated paneer cheese, bell peppers and onions, cooked to perfection in a tandoor
$17.00

Soup and Salad

Vegetable Soup
A delicately simmered lentil soup topped with roasted kale and naan croutons
$5.00
South Indian Calamari Soup
Spicy sambar with coconut and vegetables, topped with roasted calamari
$7.00
Green Salad
Fresh cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce served with a side of cucumber raita dressing
$6.00

Accompaniments

Cucumber Raita
Chilled homemade yogurt blended with cucumber and garnished with roasted cumin seeds and cilantro
$5.00
Dahi
Plain low-fat homemade yogurt
$4.00
Papad
A thin crisp cumin flavored lentil cracker roasted in oven served at room temperature
$3.00
Pickles
Traditional. Assorted pickles in tangy sauce
$4.00

Vegetarian

Mutter Paneer
Fresh homemade paneer cheese cooked with olive oil, green peas, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger paste...
$15.00
Kadai Paneer
Homemade paneer cheese, bell peppers, onions, tomato, ginger, garlic sautéed in olive oil with che...
$15.00
Saag Paneer
Spinach cooked with cubes of paneer cheese delicately spiced and garnished with chopped ginger
$15.00
Dal Makhani
Whole black lentils simmered until tender, then sautéed with olive oil, creamy tomato sauce and he...
$13.00
Dal Tadka
Yellow lentils sautéed with olive oil, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and onions, then topp...
$13.00
Malai Kofta (Mild)
Mouthwatering vegetable balls cooked with creamy almond and cashew sauce, then garnished with slic...
$15.00
Parsi Bhaji (Mild)
Green beans cooked in an exotic coconut sauce seasoned with mustard, curry leaves, and mild spices...
$14.00
Paneer Makhani
Homemade paneer cheese cooked in a sweet tomato cream sauce with olive oil, fenugreek leaves and m...
$15.00
Saag Mushroom
Spinach and mushroom cooked in olive oil and a tomato-curry sauce with a splash of fresh cream
$14.00
Chana Saag
Chickpeas cooked with fresh spinach in olive oil with exotic curry sauce and a touch of fresh cream
$14.00
Chana Masala
Chickpeas cooked in an exotic blend of North Indian spices
$13.00
Bhindi Masala
Fresh okra sautéed with olive oil, onions, tomatoes, and North Indian spices
$15.00
Paneer Aaloo Gobhi Chili Masala
Homemade paneer cheese, potatoes, cauliflower florets and green chilis seasoned with Indian spices...
$14.00
Baingan Bharata
Fresh eggplant roasted in a tandoor with olive oil, mashed and seasoned with herbs and spices
$14.00
Navratan Korma
Mixed vegetables cooked in a rich gravy of cashew nuts, and tomatoes with mild spices
$14.00
Vegetable Jalfrajee
Stir-fried mixed vegetables and paneer cheese with authentic spices in tomato-curry sauce
$14.00
Vegetable Tadka (Hot)
Stir-fried mixed vegetables, onion and bell peppers in authentic Punjabi tadka sauce
$14.00
Aloo Gobi
Fresh cauliflower and potatoes sautéed to perfection and mildly seasoned with olive oil, tomatoes,...
$14.00
Jeera Aloo
Fresh chopped potatoes sautéed with olive oil, cumin seeds, garlic and ginger
$13.00
Vegetable Vindaloo (Volcano Hot)
Seasonal vegetables and russet potatoes cooked in an authentic vindaloo sauce with cumin seeds, on...
$14.00
Paneer Bhurjee (Mild)
Homemade shredded paneer cheese cooked in an exotic onion and tomato cream sauce with olive oil
$15.00
Aloo Methi
Fresh potatoes and fenugreek sautéed with olive oil, cumin seeds, garlic and ginger
$13.00
Chilli Paneer Masala (Hot)
Homemade paneer cheese, fresh green chili and bell peppers sautéed with ginger, garlic and spicy d...
$15.00
Paneer Butter Masala
Homemade paneer cheese cooked in sweet buttery cream tomato sauce with cashew and chef’s special b...
$15.00
Paneer Tikka Masala
Succulent paneer tikka sautéed in a delicious creamy ginger tomato sauce, garnished with ginger an...
$15.00

Tandoor Specialties

A tandoor is a traditional clay oven used for cooking and baking in Northern India.
Tandoori Chicken
Whole spring chicken marinated overnight in traditional herbs and spices, and a creamy yogurt seas...
$11.00
Tandoori Vegetables
Crunchy fresh vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, green bell peppers, red peppers, onions, paneer c...
$16.00
Chicken Tikka
Tender chunks of boneless chicken breast seasoned mildly with lemon juice and yogurt, lightly brow...
$17.00
Prawn Tandoori
Large prawns marinated in mild spices, roasted lightly in a clay oven
$19.50
Paneer Tikka
Fresh herb-marinated paneer cheese, bell peppers and onions, cooked to perfection in a tandoor
$17.00
Reshmi Kabab
Tender boneless chicken, marinated in sour cream, cashew nut paste and mild spices, then roasted ‘...
$17.00
Tava Mixed Grill
Boti kabab, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, reshmi kabab and tandoori prawns, served with grilled...
$19.00
Seekh Kabab
Fresh, minced tender lamb blended with herbs and spices, hand-rolled on a cast-iron skewer, roaste...
$17.00
Boti Kabab
Boneless cubes of tender lamb marinated in yogurt, fresh garlic and ginger, cooked in a tandoor
$18.00
Salmon Tandoori
Tender boneless morsels of fresh Atlantic salmon marinated in a yogurt-mustard seed sauce, seasone...
$19.50
Fish Tikka
Fresh, delicate morsels of whitefish marinated in a unique blend of spices and lemon juice, roaste...
$18.00
Tava Fish Tandoori (Tava Signature)
Fresh, tender morsels of catfish marinated with our signature spice blend, and roasted to perfecti...
$18.00
Samundri Mixed Grill
Salmon, catfish and whitefish marinated in authentic yogurt sauce, roasted in a clay oven, served...
$19.50

Chicken

Chicken Makhani (Tava Signature)
Roasted fresh boneless chicken simmered in a sweet creamy buttery tomato sauce with fenugreek leav...
$15.00
Chicken Tikka Masala
Marinated fresh boneless chicken breast grilled and sautéed in a delicious tomato ginger onion sau...
$15.00
Chicken Butter Masala (Mild)
Tender boneless fresh chicken cooked in sweet creamy tomato sauce with cashew and chef’s special b...
$15.00
Chicken Curry
Boneless chicken simmered in tomatoes and onions with a mild spices, garnished with cilantro
$14.00
Tava Chili Chicken Masala
Boneless fresh chicken cooked with potatoes, then simmered in tomatoes and onions with fresh chili...
$15.00
Tava Chicken Vindaloo (Volcano Hot)
Boneless chicken and russet potatoes cooked in an authentic vindaloo sauce with cumin seeds, onion...
$15.00
Chicken Jalfrazie
Marinated chicken sautéed with fresh green vegetables topped with chopped ginger, cilantro, Indian...
$15.00
Chicken Shahi Korma (Very Mild)
Tender chunks of chicken cooked with almonds in a creamy sauce and garnished with sliced almonds
$15.00
Chicken Saag
Tender, boneless chicken morsels cooked with fresh spinach in a rich blend of spices
$15.00
Chicken Taka-Tak (Hot)
Fresh chicken cooked with chopped onions, tomatoes and green peppers and fresh chili peppers
$15.00
Chicken Madras
A South Indian delicacy. Fresh chicken cooked in an aromatic coconut broth, Indian spices and crea...
$15.00

Lamb / Goat

Lamb Saag
Tender leg of lamb cooked with spinach, cumin seed powder and Indian spices, garnished with choppe...
$17.00
Lamb Vindaloo (Volcano Hot)
Boneless lamb and russet potatoes sautéed with cumin seeds, chopped onions, tomato sauce, apple ci...
$17.00
Lamb Madras
A South Indian delicacy. Lamb cooked in an aromatic coconut broth with Indian spices and creamy cu...
$17.00
Lamb Curry
Tender boneless lamb cooked with traditional mughalai spices, onion and saffron
$16.00
Tava Spicy Lamb Masala (Volcano Hot)
Boneless lamb cooked with potatoes, then simmered in tomatoes and onions with fresh ginger, chili...
$17.00
Boti Kabab Masala
Marinated lamb tenderloin cooked in a tandoor, sautéed with minced onions, tomatoes, ginger and ou...
$17.00
Gost Pasanda (Very Mild)
Delicate pieces of lamb cooked in almond sauce and cream, topped with saffron, herbs and finely ch...
$17.00
Goat Curry
Tender goat cooked with traditional mughalai spices, chopped onions and saffron
$16.00
Tava Spicy Goat Masala (Volcano Hot)
Goat cooked with potatoes, then simmered in tomatoes and onions seasoned with fresh ginger, chili...
$17.00
Goat Saag
Goat cooked with spinach, cumin seed powder and Indian spices, topped with chopped ginger
$17.00
Goat Vindaloo (Volcano Hot)
Goat and russet potatoes sautéed with cumin seeds, onion, tomato sauce, apple cider, sun-dried and...
$17.00
Goat Madras
A South Indian delicacy. Goat cooked in an aromatic coconut broth with fresh Indian spices and cre...
$17.00

Seafood

Shrimp Madras
A South Indian delicacy. Jumbo gulf shrimp cooked in an aromatic coconut broth, Indian spices and...
$18.00
Goan Fish Curry
Seasonal whitefish simmered with coconut sauce, red chili peppers and an exotic goan sauce
$18.00
Tava Samundri Taka-Tak (Tava Signature)
Tender pieces of fresh catfish, whitefish and shrimp cooked with chopped onions, bell peppers, min...
$18.00
Tava Fish Curry (Tava Signature)
Fresh catfish prepared with a flavorful yellow curry sauce…a coveted family tradition
$18.00
Fish Tikka Masala
Generous, fresh whitefish filet marinated in yogurt and spices, roasted in a tandoor and sautéed w...
$18.00
Shrimp Masala
Fresh large shrimp simmered in a rich sauce seasoned with a hint of fresh minced garlic and ginger
$18.00
Shrimp Vindaloo (Volcano Hot)
Large shrimp and russet potatoes cooked in authentic vindaloo sauce with cumin seeds, onions, toma...
$18.00
Shrimp Jalfrazie
Large gulf shrimp sautéed with crispy green vegetables, garnished with fresh ginger, cilantro, Ind...
$18.00

Rice Specialties

Steamed Basmati Rice
Long-grain basmati rice imported from India
$3.50
Pulao
Saffron-infused basmati rice steamed with green peas, mixed vegetables, fruits & nuts or Cumin
$8.00
Dum Biryani
Saffron-infused basmati rice richly flavored with exotic Indian herbs served with cucumber raita y...
$13.00

Breads

Kulcha (Egg-Free)
Lightly leavened, stuffed bread baked in a tandoor
$4.00
Roti
Nnleavened whole-wheat bread baked in a tandoor
$3.25
Paratha
Unleavened, layered, whole-wheat bread cooked in a tandoor with olive oil
$4.00
Bread Basket
An assortment of piyazi kulcha, paneer kulcha, roti, garlic naan, and plain naan
$16.00

Naan (Egg-Free)

Lightly leavened soft bread baked in a tandoor.
Garlic Naan
Cooked with fresh chopped garlic
$3.75
Plain Naan
$2.75
Keema Naan
Stuffed with minced lamb
$6.00
Bullet Naan (Spicy)
Stuffed with fresh chili peppers and cumin seed
$4.00
Brett’s Naan
Stuffed with minced onions and garlic
$4.00
Tava Signature Naan (Spicy)
With fresh chili peppers, onions, garlic, cumin and ajwain seeds
$5.00

Organic Selections

The organic dishes are limited, served fresh daily and based on availability.
Organic Tandoori Chicken
Fresh whole skinless organic spring chicken marinated overnight with traditional natural herbs and...
$13.00

Desserts

Gulab Jamun
Golden fried dough balls, soaked in sweet saffron syrup, served piping hot
$5.00
Desi Kheer
Fragrant traditional rice pudding with raisins and almonds
$5.00
Kulfi (Tava Signature)
Traditional homemade Indian ice cream
$5.00

Beverages

Tea
Herbal, green, black plain, black spiced - ginger and cardamom
$3.00
Masala Tea
Traditional Indian tea prepared with aromatic tea leaves, fresh herbs and milk
$5.00
Coffee
$3.00
Lassi
Slow churned fresh yogurt drink, served chilled
$4.00
Soda
Your choice of coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale and iced tea
$2.50
Juices
Your choice of cranberry, grapefruit and pineapple
$5.00
Water
Bottle of natural spring water
$3.00
Milk
Whole vitamin D, chocolate
$3.00

Specialty Beverages

Vegan /gluten free.
Lime Soda
Refreshing sweet and tangy soda water concoction topped with our masala blend
$5.00
Nimboo Pani
Cloudy, an ice-cold freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice sweetened with cane sugar
$5.00
Tava Juice Taka-Tak
An energizing cocktail of passion, pineapple and mango juice infused with our spicy masala mixture
$7.00

About TAVA Restaurant and Bar

(847) 966-8282 • 7172 W Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053

TAVA is unlike any contemporary Indian dining experience you have ever had…or likely ever will have. As soon as you as your feet touch the Brazilian cherry wood floor in the candlelit restaurant you feel the ambiance. Tava(h), tawa(h) is actually a Persian word for a large, convex, disc-shaped griddle or fry pan used primarily for cooking traditional South Asian dishes, especially flatbreads from countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Turkey and Afghanistan.

The pan is crafted from metal, most often sheet iron, cast iron, sheet steel or aluminum. Some of the most common uses for a tava are saj bread, roti, dosha, chapathi, paratha, sautéed vegetables or meat. Real, not artificial charcoal fuels our tandoor, and the result is a unique blending of fresh, delicious flavors and seasonings.

Come experience all the wonders of wholesome, authentic, healthy Indian cooking, emanating right from (the) TAVA…and right here in the Chicago area.