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I'd like to take my boyfriend to nice authentic Indian Restaurant for his birthday next week. Preferable South Indian, or at least a restaurant with good vegetarian options.

I saw Saffron House and Clay Pit on citysearch today. As I was driving through Addison, I saw a new restaurant called Flavours. I'm debating between the three.

Any preferences or additional suggestion would be great. Thanks!

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  1. Not sure that I know the difference between South Indian and other types...Clay Pit is good, but I would not consider it to be "authentic", and is more "Americanized" IMO, though very tasty...Would add to your list, India Palace...

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    1. re: jinet12

      For upscale (at least pricewise) I'd vote for India Palace, though we weren't impressed by their dishes except for Lamb Korma.

      Clay Pit is the Indian version of PF Chang IMO.

      Though I think Madras Pavillion makes the best dosa in DFW, they aren't upscale at all, almost at the other end of the continum.

      1. re: kuidaore


        I bet you haven't tried the Mysore Masala Dosa at Taj Chaat House in Irving. Bit of a culture shock but you might change your mind ont he best dosa, especially if you see them made in front of you.

    2. If you want True South Indian (madras style), then Madras Pavilion in Richardson or Taj Chaat House in Irving (Casual seating). If not, any Indian restaurant should do the trick. For north Indian, you should check the Taj Mahal on Royal and 75. Their food is quite close to being Authentic.

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      1. re: MastPetu

        As far as upscale and South Indian, I am afraid you are out of luck. Madras pavilion has decent but not great South Indian cuisine and has plenty of vegetarian options but is definately not a place that anyone would confuse for upscale.

        Most of the more authentic Indian restaurants aren't really that upscale actually. Most of what you find in this city is North Indian cusine in which you can find a number of vegetarian options. Most restaurants serve the same standard fair that IMO tends to lack the spice and is heavy handed with cream (both things which stray from true authentic Indian cusine). To get to the point, I think your best bet is probably India Palace. I would not give it any sort of ringing endorsement but I think that is the best you are going to find in terms of nicer restaurants.

        1. re: Bhutani

          Just to make sure there is no confusion, Madras Pavilion is 100% vegetarian.

          They now try to serve both Northern and Southern cuisines to less than stellar results.

          Flavours is rapidly improving and IndyaFusion in Las Colinas is very good.

          India Palace is not consistent.

          If you are looking for South Indian cuisine above scale then consider Zyka Indian Cuisine at SW corner of Beltline and 75 in Richardson.

      2. Flavours is definitely not upscale...Saffron House is a better choice if you want upscale, but the food isn't South Indian, save a limited few items.

        1. Not sure about which place has the best South Indian food, but I have heard bad reviews of Clay Pit and I would recommend India Palace (635/Preston). Authentic, good service, great food.

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          1. re: texasgirl

            I wouldn't call it fantastically authentic, but Clay Pit is tasty, if nothing else. Their weekday buffet is one of the better lunch deals near my office.

          2. A little late to be posting but I wanted to voice my opinion anyways.

            Definitely Clay Pit - like all the others said it is not "authentic" but you are not going to get authentic at any of the local indian restaurant ( except maybe the South Indian ones).
            The food is good and the ambiance is great.

            Another one to try out is IRAVAT - a relatively new restaurant in Plano ( Legacy and 75 - in the new Asian market complex)
            Nice ambiance and good food.


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            1. re: anupama

              I agree with Nice ambiance and good food, but I would like to add Pathetic Service and Arrogant Owner/manager. Quite a bad attitude for a Service Industry...and that is not how you run a restaurant. Its in my *avoid* list now.

              1. re: MastPetu

                I totally agree with you. The owner Pradeep Devineni is very rude and arrogant. His dont care attitude is very frustrating considering I am the customer. The food is not at all authentic and I am an Indian so I would know. Please avoid this restaurant!!

                1. re: vanitynglory

                  He's never been anything but accommodating to me, although he does occasionally seem to get overworked. I don't know how authentic the food is, being that I'm not Indian, but the lamb is very good imo.

                  1. re: luniz

                    We Indians know our food quite well and can point out when the food is stale. May be that is his problem as Others might miss it and have no complaints.

                    If you are running a restaurant, you need to listen to your customers and address their concern. After all the customers are paying for the food and not eating for free. my 2 cents.


            2. I am not big on the differences between North and South Indian cuisine but I think Pasand in Irving is a good choice. It is not as glamorous as Clay Pit, Saffron House, India Palace and Flavours are but has a good consitent quality and they happen to have North and South dishes. That way you can pick. Irving seems at least in my opinion to be good at Indian and on par with the Indian places in Richardson. Now not all that fancy I think it is still worth a mention and I would choose Pasand over any of the restaurants in Addison or North Dallas. I am sure if you want the other end of the spectrum, not fancy at all with awesome and very, very authentic vegetarian dishes head to Taj Chaat House on Rochelle and MacArthur (used to be CiCi's in the location). My wife and I went there and we were a bit intimidated by the constatnt Indian chatter overhead as the orders were called out. I would skip the chaat which seems to be more like an appetizer and go for the fresh made dosas in front of you filled with the awesome curried potatoes. Another nod to Taj was the price....cheapest and best dosa I have found in the metroplex. My wife and I also like Chaat Cafe (not sure how much Chaat they have on the menu but I can gurantee it isn't as much at Taj!!) they seem to have more americanized looking setup and a casual atmosphere. All the dishes we have tried at Chaat Cfae have been excellent and we didn't feel like we had to dress up or were intimidated by the lenghty menus. I happen to like the music the best at Chaat since they have taken many songs from Bollywood movies (which you can see at FunAsia on Story Rd) and burned a CD for the location in Irving (alternate location at Preston & Frankford). I am sure your boyfriend, like most guys, is concerned less with ambiance and more with the quality of the food. I have been to Clay Pit (worst Indian I have ever had) and India Palace (a bit pricey and not as good as places in Irving). Irving around 183 and on North MacArthur close to Valley Ranch are the two Indian congregations. There are more gems in that area than I have found anywhere. It would be worth your while to check the area out!




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              1. re: soulslinger

                I agree with Iravat in Plano. They offer southern and northern dishes in a pleasant, modern atmosphere. I'm a vindaloo fan, and I tried their lamb vindaloo. It was good, but fell short when compared to India Palace's. It was too... "red"? Maybe they tripped with the tomatoes on the way to the kardhai? That said, their yellow dahl is the best I've ever had. So, it's worth a try. But for the folks that have been around for decades in town, India Palace has the edge. The owner, Pardeep and Chef Sharma have been around since the early 80's in Dallas as part of the original Kebab & Kurry in Richardson. Also worth a trip is Akbar in Plano and Taj Mahal at 75 @ Meadow in Dallas.

              2. Upscale, Authentic, South Indian and a place with good vegeterian selection - well in DFW you are out of luck meeting all those criterion.

                If you were to be more flexible on the "Upscale" part then another great option is Chettinaad Palace (75/Park Blvd) which has exceptional dosas and other south indian food. Went there for dinner on Father's Day - service is excellent and the food was even better.

                BTW - We went to Iravat and I agree that the service and ambience is exceptional (probably the best I have seen in a Indian restaurant for a while) but sadly the food they serve is NOT the real, authentic Indian food. It is more of a Americanized, water-down and spiceless version of Indian food. We had tried their lunch buffet and almost every dish (Chicken tandoori, Palak Paneer, Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry) came across as extremely bland and tasteless. It might be a good introduction to Indian food but the real flavor of Indian food lies in it's use of spices.

                A for the service and ambience but D- for the food.

                1. I've really enjoyed reading this thread, am learning a lot... have not found a place to try out, but am usually particular about my naan bread at indian places. Went to this place in cincinnati a while back and on the menu was a section devoted to naan choices, garlic naan, and other flavors, also partnered with this gorgeous red, orange, fuscia colored sauce that was fantastic. So can someone suggest a place where the NAAN really stands out? thanks!

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                  1. re: lizlemon

                    BBQ Tonite, a Pakistani restaurant in Carrollton, has great naans, very crispy (we tried close to 20 Indian restaurants in DFW.)


                    Their mango lassi is very good, too.
                    So are Karahi Chicken and Brain Masala (goat brain).
                    Some of our group also liked their goat legs.

                    A friend from Pakistan says the food is authentic and this restaurant is considered among the best of the best outside of Pakistan.

                    1. re: kuidaore

                      I'm perusing the Texas board in anticipation of my July visit & saw your post. How's their pricing? Also, website states there's Sunday breakfast. Is this food different? And then what's Sunday brunch? I haven't been to an Indian restaurant for a looong time in Dallas with the last visit being India Palace on Preston.

                      I told myself I wasn't going to eat any Indian food during vacation since I'm coming from the SF Bay Area but but who can resist hitting a "best of" list? Noticed some Devon Ave. mentions & we'll be be visiting Chicago on this trip too! Shalimar on the link you provided is not far from where I live & their chicken is excellent but restaurant is also quite inexpensive w/ counter service & questionable hygiene).

                  2. Not very upscale, but the best south indian food, ie primarily dosas, are at Udipi on beltline and 75 intersection in Richardson.