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Anyone been since it moved north? Still good?

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  1. I saw it had closed. Where is it now?

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    1. re: lax2mia

      It is on 164th, I think. They told me they were moving last time I was there. Website at www.renaisa.com. I am craving it, so I will report if I go.

    2. Perfect timing... I was looking for an adventure Friday night and this almost qualifies since it's not exactly clear what we're going to find at Renaisa on 78th. I called the phone number on the Renaisa website and connected to the restaurant on 164th -- their new name is Heelsha, website is: http://www.heelsha.com

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      1. re: aricci

        The plot thickens. Renaisa.com is also showing the 164th St. address. I wonder who's at 78th.

      2. Jeez. I just took a look at menues on Heelsha's site and is it fair to say that prices are outrageous!? I'd say the average is $20 per plate. I know Miami doesn't have a high concentration of Indian restaurants, but come on! The same goes for Anora (sp) in the Grove and, in an unrelated cuisine, Sheba for Ethiopian. The bulk of these dishes are stew like items and shouldn't be that expensive. Maybe I'm just griping because it's easy to get good cheap ethnic Latin food here, but outside of that we seem screwed.

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        1. re: lax2mia

          Jeez indeed! $22 for goat biriyani? Out in the West Broward suburbs you can get enough goat biriyani to feed a family of five. And pack lunch for two of the kids the next day!

          1. re: lax2mia

            Wow. After I got back from India and ate the best meals ever for about $2, I thought Renaisa was pretty outrageous but these prices are beyond. And, it looks like the BYO is out too...

          2. Hmm. A new post (missem?) about the Renaisa saga has been deleted. But anyhow, the new renaisa.com website is up. It claims to be the original place reopening after renovations. Gotta say, however, that Heelsha's menu sounds more like the old Renaisa, unusual Bangladeshi preparations and all with new, insanely high prices. This new Renaisa menu looks like every other Indian place in America with slightly-less-insanely high prices. Renaisa goat biriyani, basically a pilaf with stew meat in it, $18. Heelsha, $22.

            Which one got the cook, if any? You make the call.

            Meanwhile, a tip of the hat to lax2mia for asking on that thread what city that is masquerading as Miami on the new Renaisa website.

            Answer: it's Baltimore.

            http://bayimages.net/baltimore/skylin...

            1. Renaisa has moved to 1550 NE 164th st. It is now called "Heelsha." The food is the same and as good as it was at the old location. The chef is the same (the owners have always done most of the cooking). The decor is much nicer and the area is much better than the old location. Still same great unusual food!

              1. Hmph - I could have sworn I had posted here before. We really mourned when we heard the folks that were running the original Renaisa were moving north. That had been in our regular weekly take-out routine for a long time. Unfortunately 163rd St. is not on the way home.

                We tried Renaisa once again when it reopened after the prior folks had gone up to 163rd and Heelsha. While they've made some much-needed improvements inside (it actually looks somewhat like a restaurant now instead of a garage sale), the food was disappointingly generic and bland.

                If anyone else has tried it recently, I'd be interested in hearing their thoughts.

                1. New Times compares "new" Renaisa and Heelsha:

                  http://www.miaminewtimes.com/Issues/2...

                  1. Nobody would be happier than me to have great Indian food on the upper east side. We were regular take-out customers of Renaisa before the split. Unfortunately, our experience has been much like that described in the New Times review. We got several dishes, and they were all mediocre at best - which was a real disappointment.

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                    1. re: Frodnesor

                      Renaisa, Indian food on the 'waterfront' of NE 78th St! It's so charming, and the food is teriffic. The view used to include hookers fishing off the bridge, but now it's just some bobbing boats being patrolled by big, silent dogs. Times have changed. When I was there last month, the service and staff were top-notch, very welcoming and friendly. The place has undergone a facelift and the owner is now managing as well.
                      It's a funky place, and pretty inexpensive. It's also BYOB, so that saves you some serious coin. I went around the corner to the gas station (gotta love FLA)and bought a six of Prestige. Two of us had an assortment of breads, all very flaky, and some crunchy chapatis w/raita and some chutney. We especially liked the naan topped with everything. The vegetable fritters were light and tasty, nice and aromatic and spicy, followed by a goat dish, vindaloo, I think, which was served with fluffy basmati rice. Traditionally spiced, very warm and satifying. The spiciness of the dish can be adjusted by the kitchen, so make sure you ask for your desired hotness. Two of us split it all, and we were stuffed. They also do a 'traditional oven' thing, tandoori, but I've forgotten what they call it. Extensive vegetarian selections, of course, and halal meat. Very nice 'find' (although it's been here for years), and plenty of parking, too, although we walked the few blocks from our home (just like in a REAL city!). It's half a block east of Biscayne on the south (waterfront) side. Check for 2 B4 tax and tip about $49.
                      As far as the previous mngmt is concerned, I don't see why they get points for allowing the place to become a dump with crappy food. I haven't eaten at their new place, so I don't have a comment on that, but I thought Lee Klein's review of Renaisa, after ONE visit, was pretty unenlightening.

                      1. re: Miami Danny

                        What you describe -- bread, pakoras and one ubiquitous curry, and a menu with the basics -- could be any Indian restaurant anywhere west of Iceland.

                        The current owners were the old landlords, not the management or cooks. So yeah, they were the "owners" of the old incarnation in the sense that they owned the building.

                    2. Hookers fishing? I've seen hookers doing lots of things around Biscayne Boulevard, but fishing was not one of them.

                      I had written off post-management-change Renaisa based on an experience awfully similar to that described in the New Times review, but would give it another shot based on your comments.