more press

01.15.2015, Ann Arbor Indian Restaurant Signs Lease to Expand. Read full article >

  • fresh ingredients—like locally grown produce, freshly roasted & ground spices
  • fresh cooking—our chefs are cooking your food to order—really!
  • more fresh produce on your plate—from fresh green salads to fresh-squeezed juice
  • fresh new dishes—East-meets-West creations


06.26.2015, Ann Arbor restaurants collaborating on Nepal earthquake relief dinner. Read full article/view photos >


Detroit Metro Times

06.25.2013, Cardamom Spices Up Ann Arbor.Read full article >

Ann Arbor Observer

09.10.2013, Currying Flavor. "...fresh, thoughtfully prepared, and carefully cooked." Read full article >

why fresh Indian?

Cardamom seeks to bring together East and West, old and new, familiar and unfamiliar, through food, culture and relationships. I chose the name “Cardamom” for my restaurant because cardamom (known as the "queen" of spices) is an important native Indian spice, used in nearly all food from our kitchen—both savory and sweet.

Cardamom seeks to explore what Indian food and culture have done for centuries—take the best from outside influences and create something new, but distinctly Indian. Indian cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by a host of cultures including Persian, Chinese, Portuguese and British. Indian chefs and home cooks have a long history of taking outside flavors and cooking techniques, and combining them with their native spices. India is a vast country and very diverse. We designed our menu to reflect this diversity, and then to take it a step further by adding our own Western-influenced dishes. 

​Please enjoy this journey with me,
​Binod Dhakal, owner

05.17.2013, Frugal Friday at Cardamom.Read full article >

Detroit Metro Times

04.02.2014, Inspired Indian. "Cardamom’s food is far and away the highest quality Indian food I’ve eaten in metro Detroit." Read full article >

09.29.2016, Yes, Ann Arbor, you can find great eats in a strip mallRead full article>

11.17.2016, 50 Things You Need to Eat and Drink in Ann ArborRead full article>

Bon Appetit

7.14.2016, Ask a Local: An Insider's Guide to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read full article>

Current Magazine

04.2015, Indian Food Odyssey. "’s worth the wait for Cardamom’s fresh, high-quality, and well-prepared Indian cuisine, tinged with Western influences." Read full article >

Current Magazine
12.31.2018, Chef's Corner. Read full article>

Venture Michigan
11.23.2016, International Indulgences. Read full article>

HOUR Detroit

Jan 2017, Vibrant and Distinct. "Ann Arbor’s Cardamom serves up utterly fresh, sophisticated, and authentic Indian fare." Read full article>

09.22.2015, See the newly expanded Cardamom Restaurant in Ann ArborRead full article >