Almost every Austinite has been to or at least heard of The Clay Pit. For a memorable dining experience, The Clay Pit is one of the best and most well known contemporary Indian cuisine restaurants in Austin. With cozy and cave like decor, upon entering your senses will be transported between the aromas of garlic naan, hot curries, and spices of the orient in a candle-lit romantic ambiance. Their chicken or lamb korma, paneer tikka masala, and authentic and vegan dishes such as malai kofta and vegetable pakoras are some menu favorites. They offer a plentiful lunch buffet featuring fresh fruit, appetizers, salad, and chicken and vegetable entrees. Because they are located in the heart of downtown, parking can be difficult during peak times so arrive early if you can. After your meal, feel free to take a stroll as you are a few stones throw away from the capitol, Congress Ave, and other historic Austin landmarks.