Surely, if you know and love Indian food, you know the one drawback is not being able to get to your veg-heavy and flavor-packed feast fast enough. The cuisine is healthy and undeniably delicious, but not having your naan now can drive you masala mad.
Enter Choolaah, a fast casual Indian BBQ bringing you some of the freshest ingredients in the neighborhood — that is, if you’re in East Liberty (6114 Center Ave to be exact).
Walk into a welcoming space, and you’ll find a fully-loaded menu with healthy, sustainable proteins (and some seriously stellar vertical lighting). They have everything from Amish-made artisan cheese to organic, non-GMO tofu and Tandoori veggies. Did we mention Choolaah uses ancient clay cooking methods with some Yinzer flare? Their custom built tandoor clay ovens, named after Pittsburgh legends, help seal in the spices for an extra flavorful taste.
Looking for veghead-friendly options? Just check out their dietary key for vegan and vegetarian grub. Better yet, head to their website and filter through the menu of your choice. Gluten-free? Check. Egg-free? Check check. Want to design your own bowl? Go for it. It all goes down with a Chipotle-esque ordering system, where you can select your protein base and dress it up with everything from brown rice to an extra piece of naan to dip in the delicious masalas.
Opening weekend lineup
Pittsburgh, they’re finally here, and have a whole opening weekend of yum. Friday, January 26th (from 11am to 9pm), the first 100 guests will win free Choolaah (FOR A YEAR). That’s right — folks eat as a VIP for free for a whole year. We should probably add that the line starts at 9pm on Thursday….
Don’t want to wait? Show up any time on Friday to enjoy samples, a free chocolate truffle with every purchase, and free henna tattoos. On Saturday, you get a free order of samosas with your lunch purchase and free henna tattoos. Want a Choolaah trifecta? On Sunday, an on-site artist will draw you a caricature. Yep, you’re quite literally a Choolaah-Head now.
Bring a big appetite, and see you there!