There are no sacred cows at Chauhan Ale and Masala House

At various times during my visits to Chauhan Ale and Masala House, I could have been in a gastropub, a steakhouse, a bistro, a sports bar, a local Indian joint or a tasting-menu restaurant. In the hands of chef and restaurateur Maneet Chauhan, Chauhan Ale and Masala House presents not so much an identity crisis as a lesson on the many meanings of “Indian fusion,” two words that don’t actually appear on the menu or website. With her team, Chauhan, who arrived in Nashville on clouds of praise for her Latin-Indian cooking at Vermilion in New York and Chicago, buttons up details on food, style and service.