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Sep 3, 2007 08:54 PM

best indian food calgary

My vote is in ,no one has yet to mention Delhi Darbars in the Glenmore Inn mall .best indian food bar none ,no equal.The food is cooked the way you want it to be ,theres too many restos out there that just make the food ,these guys can modify it the way you like ,i like my butter chicken spicy and thets what i get .Ive tried most of the indian restos in calgary and this one is the best.Try the butter naan no eqal,trust me try it out .on a different note Baba ka dabas makes some real good goat chops,its not on the menu so you have to just order it.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Circled the block to take a peek at the new Firewater, and spotted that Mirchi now has a second location too, with a full dining room. It's on 2nd Ave. SW, just East of 7th Street, in the downstairs spot that was most recently Sahara.

      1. re: truthserum

        Sahara closed?! That means that every place I've taken my department when I was responsible for planning its annual international dinner has closed! First was a Jamaican place in Dover, second was Mt Everests, and now Sahara. I was even joking with the owner about my track record.

        1. re: John Manzo

          OH Jamacian in Dover! I miss that place it was soooo good! next to the strip mall church right? I loved it! ox tail curry was so amazing!

          1. re: CookieGal

            Went to Mirchi today for their lunch buffet - $13.99/person - pretty good spread - food with a spicy kick. They had fresh naan, basmati rice, goat curry (omg, so good!), butter chicken, zucchini curry (spicy), pakoras, potatoes and green pepper, tandoor chicken, tandoori short ribs, lentils (so delicious), romaine lettuce with cold pieces of tandoori chicken and salad mix of cucumbers, onion and carrots, raita (yogurty creamy dressing).

            Enjoyed the food and the service.

            1. re: makan2

              The Mirchi I had my lunch buffet at was the one on 2 Ave and 7 St SW - used to be Sahara.

              1. re: makan2

                FWIW Mirchi is Pakistani.

                825 12 Ave SW #101, Calgary, AB T2R 0J2, CA

                1. re: John Manzo

                  What i came to know Mirchi is chili in Indian & Pakistani PUNJABI or URDU language

                  825 12 Ave SW #101, Calgary, AB T2R 0J2, CA

    2. Waited for 2 hours at Taj Mahal on the weekend for small portions of average food. Only the samosas were outstanding. Have had good experiences at Moti Mahal, Clay Oven and Namskar. I feel like Rajdoot used to be far better; I heard the original owners sold it.

      I am still looking for a tandoori chicken as good as the one at the old Curry Pot in Forest Lawn - it was in the strip mall behind what is now Pizza Hut. That place hasn't been there in at least 15 years, but it was so good. I remember they called it chicken tikka, but it was an entire chicken served on a bed of pulao rice.

      Clay Oven Restaurant
      3132 26 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

      Moti Mahal Restaurant
      1805 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T, CA

      Namskar Fine East Indian Cuisine
      202 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

      Rajdoot Restaurant
      2424 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S, CA

      1. i still enjoy surya by the downtown co-op. friendly service and great food - they've been training us with our spice level too, we've been doing pretty well, a little hotter each time...moti mahal is not too bad either, but we keep going back to surya - it's nice when you get to know the people in the restaurant, makes for an even better experience.

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        1. re: pants

          Hey Pants, does Surya have a dinner buffet?

          1. re: John Manzo

            they do on monday and wednesday nights - but it's served mild so if you want some kick order off the menu. I've been to the lunch buffet before and even if it is mild it's still tasty!

            1. re: pants

              I was REALLY pissed off and saddened to see that Ruan Thai is suspending its lunch buffet (I've been eating there once a week for, oh, three years or so), but in my grief I walked the block over to Surya (11/11, across the street from Uptown Sushi, as a matter of fact) and had the lunch buffet for the first time (for me) since around their opening.

              WOW! It was superb! And the naan- it was tremendous, crispy and buttery, completely distracting. I had curry beef and a couple of veg and it was all lovely- a better lunch buffet than Moti Mahal and a couple of bucks cheaper to boot. I love how they have huge bowls of chutney and raita on ice- keeps them fresh. Anyway, this might become a new weekly haunt for me.

              1. re: John Manzo

                i don't take this stuff lightly you know :)

                i haven't been for a couple weeks, must go back, hmmm...maybe tonight!

                I'm glad you enjoyed it

                1. re: John Manzo

                  so we did go for dinner last night - tried the buffet for a change - everything was delicious as always and we ate too much as usual, but i think i'll stick to the menu, we've been building our spice tolerance and found we were missing the kick of what we usually get. That isn't to say that the buffet isn't delicious and fresh, just not spicy enough anymore.

                  Their dinner buffet is the same price as lunch so at $12.99 that's excellent value at dinner.

            2. re: pants

              I'll have to try that one. What do you normally order? Is there a specialty they do that you would recommend?

              1. re: feuerzeug

                we always get pappadums to start, plain naan (although, I've heard the garlic is good), saffron rice and a combination of 2 of the following(enough for 2 hungry people and one lunch the next day):
                chicken madras - so delicious
                kadhai lamb
                lamb vindaloo
                baingan bhartha - best way to eat eggplant.

                we're going to have to branch out soon but these dishes are just so tasty

                1. re: pants

                  Thanks for that, pants. Next time we go for Indian, we will go to Surya armed with your suggestions!

                  1. re: feuerzeug

                    Has anyone on the board been to the new Indian joint in Southtrail Crossing in SE Calgary (I think it's called Karma?). I live close by and have been meaning to check it out. If you've been - any recommendations for dishes?

                    If I'm the first to venture through the gates, I will be sure to post my expereince.

                    1. re: Catch22

                      I've eaten at Karma & it was very tasty. We had the usual suspects....Butter Chicken, etc. It's been a while so I can't remember exactly. I would not hesitate to go's just really, really far from where i live. :)

                      1. re: Merry113

                        Green Chili in the NW is great for take out - no seating but wonderful food.
                        Located at Hilltop Plaza
                        2128 Crowchild Tr. NW

                        1. re: amhaffen

                          I tried Surya last night with a couple of friends after hearing they have a dinner buffet on Mon and Wed evenings (something I sorely miss after growing up in Edmonton - dinner buffets are fairly commonplace there).

                          Everything tasted fresh and was quite tasty, the only thing I didn't care for was the beef curry as it was quite tough. The lamb curry was excellent and the butter chicken was pretty goos as well. One of our party was a vegetarian, and she was thrilled with the selection she she had as well as the taste.

                          The best thing was the price, only $12.99 a head, a great deal!

                          1. re: amhaffen

                            I got their takeout recently and wasn't particularly impressed. The main dishes were fine, but the samosas weren't that great and the rice pudding was distinctly hard. NOT what I had come to expect from the other Green Chili location.

                            I'll probably order again just because their the only East Indian place in the upper NW, but I sure hope they do better.

                            1. re: AriaDream

                              Ariadream, I think your reply is to the the mention of Green Chili? It's hard to tell with this format. We liked the buffet but will take your experience as a warning if we consider take-out. I'd like to try their Indian Chinese dishes.

                              The other East Indian place is the take-out and delivery Masala Express in Ranchlands which has been there for eons. We've been debating if the butter chicken has deteriorated. I don't mean since the 'new' owner took over several years ago but in the last year or so. Is anyone else a regular?

                              1. re: sharonanne

                                Another great East Indian (takeout only) in the upper North West is Safron across the street from Churchill High School. It is owned by the same people who own the spice store in the same strip mall.

                            2. re: amhaffen

                              This place irritates me! It is so SLOW! EVERY single time we have orderde (3 or 4 times) they have taken FOREVER - maybe an hour or more. Once they lost our order TWICE!!! So frustrating!

                          2. re: Catch22

                            I've eaten at Karma twice now, and it's been quite good.

                            The first time we went they had recently opened. the portions were a bit small and the Butter Chicken was good but not stellar. The other dishes (I think we had Rogan Josh and something else) were very good. I really liked the atmosphere as well, and the diversity of the clientele - couples on a date, older people, small families, etc.

                            The second time was even better. The portions were larger and the Butter Chicken was great. Everything else the same. Will definitely go back (especially since it's right near us).

                            1. re: Catch22

                              my husband and I have been there 3 times. the first 2 we were a bit dissapointed with the lunch buffet, we went right when it opened so maybe they were still getting organized. but we decided to give it one more shot the other night for dinner and we ordered off the menu.
                              the first thing we noticed was restaurant was very busy and smelt delish! we ordered the dinner for 2 for $60.00; lentel soup to start followed by chicken pakora, meat samosa and one other appie but i forget.
                              then for our main course we choose 3 meat dishes, chicken vindaloo (hot), butter chicken, (quite rich) and a curried beef, (excellent), served with basmati rice and naan a little chewy but still flavorful. mango cheesecake and vanilla icecream followed for dessert, both very good. we were so plesantly surprized with the dinner. it was very good and spicey. my husband eats a lot of indian food overseas, UAE etc. and LOVES it HOT! and he found the vindaloo ,very hot but good. we almost gave up in this place after our first 2 visits but glad that we went back, when we dont feel like driving to the north or DT we will be back. i would give it 3.5 of 5 stars. only because our favorite place in falconridge is 5/5 and this is nowhere close. they sell indian treats there by the 100g soooo good!
                              anyway, hope that helps.

                              1. re: cdn

                                Which place in falconridge is your favourite? I've tried two of the 6 or 7 establishments up there thus far, and they've only been ok...

                                1. re: yen

                                  i guess its really in castleridge, the same strip mall as A1 spice, by the safeway, down in the corner by the thai restaurant.
                                  cant remember ther name right now.....but so good! they have a buffet but we've only ordered off the menu.

                                  1. re: cdn

                                    I'm going to guess that you're thinking of Bombay Sweet House, as it's the one I absolutely love for Indian sweets, yum!

                              2. re: Catch22

                                i've gone a couple of times and it was fantastic. the service was good.
                                naan bread was great...nice and fresh.
                                i think they do a lunch buffet...

                                Karma Fine Indian Cuisine
                                4600 130 Ave SE #309, Calgary, AB T2Z 0C2, CA

                      2. Have to agree Delhi Darbar has excellent food. I live in the area and ate there again tonight. They have just finished their first year in business, and I am glad to see that they have made it so far. Karma is quite good, but I would pick Delhi Darbar as the best Indian-Pak restaurant south of 17th Ave. Taj Mahal has been through too many ups and downs in the almost 30 years I have been going there, and while Karma has good food I find myself going back to Delhi Darbar. The food is consistently good north Indian style: the Dal Makhani is sinfully rich, and the Bhindi, Chicken Vindaloo (if you order it scorching hot the way it is supposed to be done), Aloo Gobhi, Palak Paneer and the biryanis are all excellent. The menu includes fusion-style dishes, but I have to admit I have not tried them, since I enjoy the classic dishes there, and I leave trying fusion dishes to when I visit Vij's in Vancouver. Delhi Darbar has a very good value buffet every day except Saturday, all the usual dishes and the occasional surprise: I don't go to buffets often, but find it is a good way to enjoy Indian with friends or coworkers, and the buffet there is one of the better ones around, maybe not quite as good as Glory of India, but still high standards and cheap at $12.

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                        1. re: alley

                          Just ate three fantastic dishes from Delhi Darbar, and some garlic naan - and it was all very, very good (especially the chickpeas!). Nice to have in the area.

                        2. Personally I like Taj Mahal, I've always had a good hot meal there. You could say at times they are slow, which is true, but you could also say they never rush their food until it's done...And personally I like the Tacky Taj Mahal ambience.

                          I live in the South so more and more we're going to Karma off 130th ave. I would say their food is very good and satisfies all my Indian cravings...however if I had to choose I'd rather go to Taj Mahal.

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                          1. re: Major_9000

                            Since this thread popped up again, I want to say that Karma has turned into my favorite Indian Restaurant in Calgary. Particularly, because they make vinadaloo very hot, which is how it should be done! And the service is awesome.