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Aug 11, 2007 05:19 AM

Indian Food?.....Where?

I want to eat some really really good indian food. I want some spicy indian food and afterwards, I want the sweet stuff too, but I want the really really good gulab Jamun or rasmalai...where is it?

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    Well I checked your profile to see WHERE in Florida you are dining... The answer is Heelsha (
    )1550 NE 164th St
    North Miami Bch, FL 33162
    (305) 754-3985

    Here is the menu -

    Right down to the Gulap Jamun for $2.99


    1. I have to disagree with the choice of Heelsha as an "authentic Indian" restaurant. I have eaten in Indian restaurants in New York and Chicago and have never seen beef on a menu due to the Hindu veneration of the cow. The restaurant must be Pakistani or Bengladeshi.

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      1. re: rebus1805

        While your observation regarding the beef may be right, he asked for good, that is what Heelsha is... delicious and great Indian/Bangladeshi Food. The best in Miami in my opinion. And they do have what Indiandragon wants...the hot factor, great spices, curries, and gulap jamum ;-)

        1. re: rebus1805

          Owners are Bengladeshi but I don't think serving beef necessarily marks a restaurant as not authenticly Indian. Net everyone in India is Hindu.

          Note even the dean of Indian cookery, Madjur Jaffrey, includes beef recipes in her cookbooks:

        2. although its not an indian restaurant,and the curries were not spicy enough for me(i'm a vindaloo kind of a guy)the indian portion of the miami spice menu dinner at vix restaurant in the victor hotel was the best indian food i have in 27 years here in south florida.You got to choose 3 of 4 curries available put on small plates the size of oversized squares that you put soy sauce in sushi restaurants(maybe twice that size of dish).They did give you excellent naan and a healthy portion of basmati rice to compensate.I ordered the latin appetizer which was two different petite ceviches to start.Even though i eat like a horse,i found that the vix's miami spice program was excellent(of course i would of loved huge plates of the different curries).Hope someone else tries their indian selection and lets me know what they thought of it.I suffered no attitude from the waiter when i told him i wanted the miami spice menu.Why cant other restaurants do good indian.Selections in south beach have been traditionally lame.

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          1. re: travlnmike

            Cafe Roti is Lakeland's own little secret. It is awesome. The aroma's alone can stop me in my tracks.

          2. Cafe Roti, 200 Parkview Place, Lakeland, FL 33805. Run by an Indian family. Awesome Indian food. Even better than I had in Washington D.C.

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            1. re: starbucksbrew

              That is Trinidadian food. There are similarities but it is not the same. That is liking sending someone looking for vindaloo curry to a get masaman curry at a Thai restaurant. Bangladesh/Pakistani is at least much closer.

              1. re: rra1024

                That said, some of the roti joints are tastier than the not so simple Indian spots, especially here in South Florida.

                1. re: taiga

                  Which roti joints do you recommend? Unfortunately they all seem so far away from where I live.

                  1. re: rra1024

                    I go way down south on SW 160th Colonial Drive to Caribbean Roti which is a little Caribbean strip mall with the requisite barber shop, reggae shop, Jamaican restaurant, and patty stop along side the place. All together have less atmosphere than the barber shop, but the eating is good.

            2. There's a new Indian restaurant coming soon to Ocean Drive in South Beach. Between 5-6th Streets to be exact. Seeing how I am far from an Indian Cuisine Connisseur, I look forward to hearing your reviews....remember to give them some time to work out the kinks!