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Anokha--Coconut Grove-AWFUL

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Spending a vacation with my Indian family in Coconut Grove, we read a review and saw the ad that said Anokha in Coconut Grove was the best Indian in Miami. One review said the service was very slow, but the food was worth it. In fact, the service is so slow we waited an hour and a half before being served. Others were served before us, and I literally had to walk to the kitchen to get some answers before we were to walk out. Finally, we were served, but the food was far from worth it: naan with unbaked parts, the worst dal I have ever had. On top of it all, the waiter included his tip in the bill.
Don't make the same mistake we did. This place is offensive.

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  1. Thank you for the heads up. It seems Miami-Dade is cursed when it comes to providing anything resembling decent Indian cuisine.

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    1. re: Liz CT
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      Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Punjab Palace in Kendall is the only Indian restaurant I've ever been to in South Florida. I've had their lunch buffet twice, which isn't bad, and ordered off the menu once (lamb curry), which I thought was good. I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to Indian food, so I can't really say more than that. Oh yeah, I loved the naan. The place is always empty, and I do think it is expensive for the relatively small portion sizes you get.

      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        Anokha isn't awful, it just plain sucks. They could serve the best food in the world but the service from these guys is so bad it wouldn't matter. Unless you're Indian or Paki, then you get the royal treatment. I hope this place goes under.

        1. re: lax2mia

          I'm almost curious to try it, just to see if it can surpass the absolutely nightmarish Imlee (Pinecrest area of Miami) as the 'Worst Indian Food I've Ever Had'.

          1. re: Liz CT

            At least the staff at Imlee is polite. Anokha's is just bad.

            1. re: Liz CT

              I agree wholeheartedly. It's even worse than the curry MRE's my husband got for Hurricane Wilma. Truly.

          2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
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            s.m. koppelman

            I've been to Punjab Palace twice. It's harmless, inexpensive, neighborhood Indo-Pak. Hard to recommend unless you're already in West Kendall and absolutely craving Indian or driven to madness by the thought of Cuban or Steak'n'Shake again.

        2. Wow, I was just checking out my post requesting information for Indian, Thai and seafood restaurants in the area so I could jot down all relevant information for restaurant names/locations. I suddenly saw "Anokha" and I jumped to read your post to see what you had to say. I figured it wouldn't be flattering given the description in the subject line but I have to say, if there is anyone who wants to open a decent Indian restaurant in south Florida there will be people lining up around the block.

          We depart tomorrow and we are planning to try a variety of restaurants but if I do stumble across a decent Indian [or any other restaurant for that matter] I will post when I get back.

          1. Wow, I was just checking out my post requesting information for Indian, Thai and seafood restaurants in the area so I could jot down all relevant information for restaurant names/locations. I suddenly saw "Anokha" and I jumped to read your post to see what you had to say. I figured it wouldn't be flattering given the description in the subject line but I have to say, if there is anyone who wants to open a decent Indian restaurant in south Florida there will be people lining up around the block.

            We depart tomorrow and we are planning to try a variety of restaurants but if I do stumble across a decent Indian [or any other restaurant for that matter] I will post when I get back.

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            1. re: IslandGirl
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              Pamela Robin Brandt

              Re. decent Indian food in miami; Imlee, a small Indian place in a shopping mall on South Dixie Highway, in South Miami, is good. Raja's, a tiny South Indian hole in the wall in the middle of downtown Miami, has zero atmosphere but quite good dosai, uttapam, and idli. Renaisa, in a former riverfront fish shack/bar just off Biscayne Blvd on the upper east side, is a real nice place run by a family from Bengladesh; the food's tasty, and the owners will make stuff not on the menu if you call and discuss it with them a few days ahead, so they can get the ingredients.

            2. GURU's is te best miami dade indian food. its on south beach on 12th between collins and washington. good service GREAT food. great tandoori.

              1. Imlee has become more expensive, and the last time I ate there it was quite good.

                1. We went to Anokha last night and let me tell you NEVER AGAIN! First, the service was slow and downright awful. I started with the Sambar, which they brought in a rounded pot precariously balanced in a frame over a candle. Shortly after being served, it tipped over and half of it spilled on the table. Several people came by to clear and fill water glasses, ignoring the spilled soup. It was only the 4th person who came by that actually wiped up the spill. The server suggested that I tell the owner about it (as apparently this happens often), however when the owner finally came to our table he acted like we were wasting his time, responded "OK" and walked away! Such ARROGANCE! No apology and they even charged me in full for the soup. The food has definitely gone downhill from 2 years ago when we first discovered it--seems to be under new management. I ordered one of the "Chef Specialties" which turned out to be Tater Tots on a bed of spinach. We waited 30 minutes for the waitress to bring the check and when she never turned up, I waited by the cashier. The server who had noticed the spilled soup came to help me and commented "Nothing went right over there tonight," but then proceeded to deliver me an exorbitant bill with an 18% service fee tacked on!! (What service?) I was appalled and will make sure never to go back there again.

                  1. Just exactly WHAT is wrong with tater tots on spinach?

                    Can someone tickle this place and let everyon know how much longer it stays open? Also, if a place has this much wrong with it, how can you trust the kitchen? From a health standpoint, if nothing else.