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Jul 7, 2006 04:37 AM

Baba India, and others - Cincinnati OH

I've started checking out the Indian restaurants in Cincy. Baba is fantastic, the lunch buffet is the way to go to get the most for your money. India Hyde Park is another great one (near the hyde park biggs). I know there are a bunch of new Indian restaurants that have opened in the past year or so, anyone have any opinions on which ones are the best?

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  1. I also like Baba, as well as Ambar in Clifton, which I believe is owned by the same family (along with Akash downtown). We also hit Royal Taj in Anderson Township about once a month; it's serviceable and close to home. The one I've wanted to try is Udipi Cafe in Roselawn, which is all vegetarian.

    1. Yes -- try Udipi! Their menu has some of the typical dishes you'll find at every other Indian restaurant in town, but it also includes (for lack of better descriptions) Indian-style pancakes and very thin burrito/crepe-like entrees that are worth trying. I think prices have gone up since they first opened, so it's not the bargain it once was, but it's still worth trying, especially for the "puffy bread" (a huge, hot, greasy dough balloon).

      1. I love the different flavored "naan" bread at Ambar in Clifton, but the food is good at Baba also. I'd have a hard time saying which is better. They both are very, very good, although I've never had buffet at Ambar--just ordered straight off menu.

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        1. re: maria294ever

          When I first started eating at Baba, I thought they served a good but not nearly as tasty version of my Ambar fave -- vegetable biryani. Maybe I've just gotten used to Baba, but when I ate at Ambar a few months ago, I felt it wasn't as good as Baba. But you're right -- both Baba and Ambar are delicious. You can't go wrong with either.

          I haven't eaten at Cumin (Hyde Park) in a while, but I found it very good too and interesting (like Udipi) in terms of menu offerings. It's just so hard to get used to their smaller portions -- I love taking home two meals-worth of leftovers from Baba or Ambar.