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Mar 12, 2008 01:45 PM

Best Indian food Newhaven Area.....sugessions ?

I would like to know where we can get "real" Indian food. Some of my Indian clients coming next week. I don't mind driving upto 25 mts.

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  1. Darbar in Branford! Better than many of the places I've eaten at in NYC. With the caveat that I've never been to India, so my knowledge of "real" Indian food may be limited, along the lines of "good" US Chinese food vs. food in China.

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    1. re: hollerhither

      Seconded. Darbar is outstanding, and has a great "sampler platter" as well.


      1. re: Redstone

        Love Darbar. Pretty location on the Branford Green too.

    2. coromandel in Orange, or Zakora in New Haven by far the best

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      1. Thali! Coromandel comes close, but Thali owns it. It's the best Indian food I've ever had, and I've had a lot.

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        1. re: redfox697

          My family like indian food.I was in India for six months last year and I got a chance to visit all country and to taste each regions food too.After i came back I tried all the Indian restaurants in Newhaven area. The exact food ,same like in India i got only at one place-- Coromandel in Orange.The flavors are excellent,quality of food and service are outstanding.

          Second preference is Darbar in Branford and Thali in Newhaven.I can't recomment any other indian restaurants.

        2. Thali is far and away the best indian restaurant in the state. But you don't have to take my word for it...
          David Rosengarten — author of the popular newsletter “The Rosengarten Report” — honored Chirnomoula as “the best Indian chef in America.” In the same article, Rosengarten also named Thali his “favorite Indian restaurant in the U.S., hands down.”

          for more home-style and southern indian, Swagat in West Haven is an inexpensive option.

          1. We (two) just had lunch at Thali. I cannot recommend it enough. I think it is the best I have ever had and though I've not been abroad to India, I've eaten in Indian's homes and I've eaten it in many major cities and a few, in and around New Haven. We have not tried Coromandel or Zakora.
            We really enjoyed the complimentary tamarind sauce and chutneys. We had wine by the glass. There were about eight reds to choose from.
            Started with Gobi manchurian, (a cauliflower dish). We shared chicken tikka masala, goat, on the bone, in a thick, curry like base, saag paneer (spinach with garlic, fenugreek and cottage cheese), garlic nan (kulcha), and were given a free, large bowl of yellow, lentil soup. We brought lots home!
            We just thought the food was fantastic. None of it was oily or floating in oil like many dishes I have had at lesser restaurants. Service was spotless and after our main courses they crumbed the table. Music was jazzy, light and just the right volume. The place is very classy. They have a very pretty bar and lobby area. I saw two private dining rooms but was told there are three.
            We spent $80 before tip. Four glasses of good wine and there was food enough for at least three, if not four people. We highly recommend it!

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            1. re: Scargod

              As an FYI they just opened a vegatarian place behind the Yale Bookstore. I am sure it would be good as well. I like Thali, but just the same try Coromandel & Zaroka, Darbar in Branford is also very good

              1. re: mmalmad

                I've done Danbar twice and think Thali is better. I've eaten at Tandoor (out of convenience) many times and may not go back!
                Don't swat me, but I think I drove by Coromandel and thought, "this is in a strip and doesn't look impressive", so I've passed it by, so far.

                  1. re: EastRocker

                    Surprised to hear that, unless they've gone downhill recently.

                    If you're tired of New Haven and want to travel a little farther afield, 25 minutes will land you in Newtown, home to Kolam, which is where we go (as we're from north of New Haven) when we're jonesing for Indian. Friends of ours from India recommend as well.

                    1. re: hurc81

                      They changed owners. It is still perfectly fine indian food, i just feel that there are better options in New Haven (thali, sitar) and nearby (swagat, coromandel)

                  2. re: Scargod

                    Big Mistake.Chef counts far more than location-plenty of parking makes it ideal.Try the lunch buffet particularly on Fri.