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Best Indian Cuisine in Orlando Area

I pretty much stick with Kohinoor in Altamonte but would like to "Venture out" and explore any new "better" options. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. You'll find many loyalists to specific restaurants, but my take overall is that in the case of Indian (and, by and large, Thai) we have a pretty poor selection in Central Florida.

    I like two, with a thinrd on my possibles list.

    Dakshin in the Crossroads strip mall on 535 near Disney has a nice decor, great service, a good selection and it's clean.
    The Woodlands, on SOBT, is all vegetarian and more Southern Indian style, spicier, different breads, etc.
    Jury still out on the Clay Oven on 17-92 in Longwood. New owners and new chef have vastly improved things. Still not quite up to my standards, but good enough to warrant return visits.


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    1. re: Bob Mervine

      Thanks for the heads up on Clay Oven...my hubby likes to go there but it's always been a little shady for me so I try to avoid it as much as possible. If anyone goes, please report back...I'd love to hear more about it's improvements.

      1. re: mish

        I haven't had Indian food since I moved to Orlando a year and a half ago, and I've only had it a handful of times ever. I keep meaning to check out Clay Oven -- it isn't terribly far from me, and they have a lunch buffet which would allow me to try new things and see what I like and what I don't. I am planning to try them soon, even if I have to go by myself (which is what will probably end up happening... damn unadventurous friends).

        1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

          We happened to get take out from Clay Oven tonight since my hubby was in the area around dinner time...and this post made us curious of its improvements. Hubby said the interior has been upgraded a bit and the food was a little bit better than before. We had the garlic naan, the only eggplant dish they offer and a chicken w/spinach dish (I don't remember their indian names and I'm too tired to go downstairs and look them up on the menu). Both entrees were very good...but nothing blew me away. Definitely a bit better than before though.

    2. I enjoy India Palace when I am in the Lake Buena Vista area.

      1. We took a group of 10 to Dakshin over the December holidays in 06. Seated immediately, with authentic, delicious food, helpful staff, etc. Recommended.

        1. This (Dakshin) continues to be my favorite. I've eaten in all the old school, well established places and I find them to be inconsistent. Some are better than others, but I've had bad meals and bad service as well in all of them.

          Dakshin came through all three times I tried it initially and in a half dozen instances since.

          I am trying a new place in Longwood tomorrow for brunch at the reccommendation of a foodie friend. I'll post what I find.


          1. Memories of India on Turkey Lake Road in Dr. Phillips is terrific. So is Kohinoor in Altamonte Springs, although I haven't been there in a few years.

            1. In my opinion, Kohinoor is the ONLY place to go for good Indian food in central Flordia. The vegetable curry with basmati rice is divine. Extra pappadom and naan is a must!

              1. I second Kohinoor in Altamonte Springs. I like their Chana Masala and the Veggie Samosas are wonderful. They offer a weekday lunch buffet with various selections if you'd like to sample a few things before ordering off of the menu. I work around the corner and have eaten there regularly for about 10 years- it's always great.

                I had to give up on The Clay Oven. When I first moved here 14 years ago, it was THE place for Indian food in Orlando. Over the years, it's gotten shabbier and shabbier looking and the food quality has slid. I hope the new owners give the interiors a face lift, while they are revamping the menu and food quality. I'll be awaiting significant positive feedback from others before braving again, as my last 2 trips there were dreadful.

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                1. re: winechic

                  Clay Oven is gone now. I live about a block from there, and they closed all of a sudden about two months ago, only to recently reopen as the Udipi Cafe, featuring a South Indian all-vegetarian menu. I haven't been there to try it, and only tried the Clay Oven once, for their lunch buffet.

                  Where exactly is Kohinoor located?

                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    Kohinoor is in the TGI Fridays shopping center in the back corner next to Silvano's Italian Restaurant in Altamonte Springs just west of I-4 on 436.