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Jul 2, 2007 04:04 PM

Best Indian in Miami or So Flo in General?

Anyone have tips for outstanding, authentic and spicy Indian in Miami or So Flo?

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  1. Jane>

    Heelsha Authentic Indian Cuisine, 1550 NE 164th St, North Miami Beach; 305-919-8393. Open for lunch and dinner daily 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    The degree of heat is determined by a 1,2,3 and excruciating 4. Tread upon your taste buds carefully... This is my #1 pick in NMB. Adjacent to Blue Note Records/WalMart plaza behind the Walgreens at 15th.


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    1. re: advisor_Girl

      Advisor Girl--thank you. Sounds fantastic!

      1. I would love to get some great Indian food in the north Broward / Boca Raton area. I didn't like Punjab in Boca. The service was awful and the food was meh. There has to be something better up this way too!

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        1. re: OysterHo

          A new Indian place is opening on Ocean Drive of all places called Ishq (pronounced "ish")..sounds funky and may actually be good. We can only hope!

          1. re: LesleyEats

            Where on Ocean? Because there is something with a big INDIAN FOOD sign on 15th next to that tacky "Mexican" place (is it Dos Chicas?) in the building where Billboard used to be. Anyway, looks too "Ocean Drivy" to me, but if you try it please report back!

            1. re: yomyb

              Ah, the one in the old Billboard space, I hear, is actually good, but the one I am talking about is closer to 5th Street, near the old Ricky Martin restaurant, I think! Near Bentley.

              1. re: LesleyEats

                Oh I see...hadn't heard about that one...don't go around there much... If you check it out before me...let us know how it went ;-)

                1. re: yomyb


                  We are eagerly awaiting ISHQ (which apparently means "love") at 530 Ocean Drive. The promise of TWO tandoori ovens - one for meats and another for nan breads (::sigh::).

                  I read about it online - It's a partnership of Sham and Kavita Kamlani who will run an open kitchen and oversee a dining room of Indian marble, brushed gold and purple sari silks. There will be a community serving table that seats 14 guests and the rest sounds very upscale...

                  I hope it's not super pricey to better underwrite that Ocean Drive rent!
                  BTW - it is in the Barbizon Hotel... (yellow building on the corner of 5th).


            2. re: LesleyEats

              i hear that Ishq is doing it's soft opening this week. Also heard that they lifted much of the menu from Guru. Any one eat there yet?

            3. re: OysterHo

              Try one of these two places, near University Dr and Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise:

              Udipi is a wonderful vegetarian place
              India House is an all-around good Indian restaurant, just moved to this location ( - DON'T be thrown off by their not-so-great website


              Udipi Cafe
              2100 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322

              1. re: BKS

                i have never had indian food. can you recommend the best that you've had at these 2 places as they are close to my office. i like spicy.

              2. re: OysterHo

                oyster I agree with you about the Punjab, absolutely nothing special and not happy that the veggies were frozen.

                have you tried Bombay Cafe on Glades. Again it's hit and miss, some good some not but it's great for takeout rather than sitting there.

                1. re: smartie

                  I did finally try it a few weeks ago and loved it. I ordered two dishes, a lamb tikki masala and the paneer something with spinach and cheese. Sorry, I can't remember the name. Even the basmati rice was great and I'm not a rice eater generally. They have a very comprehensive menu too. What did you have that wasn't good there?

                  I've heard great things about Madras, but it's so far from me. :(

                  1. re: OysterHo

                    cheese and spinach is a sagh paneer (paneer is the cheese). Some places do peas and cheese known as mutter paneer.

                2. re: OysterHo

                  Palace Indian is pretty good on SR 84.

                  1. re: OysterHo

                    Taj on Hillsboro in the Cove shopping Center East of Federal. My favorite in the area!

                  2. OK - FOR ALL of you in BOCA or closer to Miami, there are two places that have impressed us (my wife and I). Caveat - I grew up in central/northern jersey, where most Indians migrate to (think Parsippany and Edison, NJ, which are referred to as Little India and have more Indians/Pakistanis per square mile than anywhere in the US, so the food is AMAZING) plus, we lived in Manhattan for five years, and were very, very lucky to have many phenomenal Indian as well as Pakistani and Afghan places to choose from that were off the charts. There is a place off of 595 and I believe the exit before Flamingo in that shopping center on the s. side of 595. I forget the name. It's a huge shopping center. THe place is very good, but does not approach the BEST BEST BEST Indian in alllll of S. Florida. Madras Cafe. This place is UNREAL. I can go on and on. Lunch buffet every day is something different, with approx 10 items + salads, soups, appetizers, chutneys, etc., plus they bring Tandoori chicken sizzling on an iron plate and fresh basket of Nan to you while you eat as part of the course. buffet wed. and sun. nights is excellent option for dinner bang for your buck. for my money, they ahve a dish not on the buffet ever, but it's on the regular menu - they're Malai Kofka (sp?) is Transcendant. madras cafe in a little shopping mall at the corner of powerline road and mcnab. two minutes off of I95. NOW Don't all go there! I hate having to wait for a table, LOL

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