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Jan 19, 2009 05:41 PM

Looking for good Indian Restaurants in South FL!

Hi, I recently moved to South FL and I am craving for some good Indian food...any recommendations?

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  1. Royal India..
    Love that place. Its on Griffin Rd, east of 441 in Ft. Lauderdale.
    I haven''t been in a few years since we have moved, but it was always outstanding.

      1. re: smartie

        Mint Leaf in Coral Gables is supposed to be really good.

        1. re: Txakolina

          Yep -- I've heard Mint Leaf is the best Indian place around as well

      2. Royal India, on Griffin Rd, east of 441 in Ft Lauderdale.

        1. Hi jdkong,
          My 2 favorite places are Madras Cafe in Pompano Beach for a good variety of items. They have a lunch and weekend buffet and you can also get dosas. Another favorite is Udipi Cafe on University off of Sunrise. They also have a great weekend buffet that is totally vegetarian. My husband is from India and we both like these places alot.
          Good Luck!

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          1. re: Bengaliwife

            Wasn't impressed with Mint Leaf; I thought the food was mediocre and overpriced (often the case in Gables). Imlee in Pinecrest is my favorite in this area. Service can be a bit slow, but food is excellent with an extensive menu. Their breads are the best I've tasted; try the onion kulcha.

            1. re: Bengaliwife

              Madras Cafe is indeed good and they cater. I have not been to Udipi, but in general Broward and Palm Beach counties have better options than Dade when it comes to Indian food. Imlee in Pinecrest is not a bad option, I had quite a good meal recently in Anohka's new locale and Bengal's not bad to get your Indian fix. Have not eaten in Raja's or Ishq in some time. Personally, I avoid Mint Leaf.

            2. I've always been sort of ambivalent about Madras, but I've long been a fan of Udipi and Woodlands, two vegetarian Indian restaurants on University Dr. in the Lauderhill/Sunrise area. But recently I've been trekking up to West Palm for Saffron, a relatively hidden place off of Village Blvd. west of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (731 Village Blvd, #110). They've always been good, but as of late their food has been excellent: very spicy, full of strong flavors of cardamom, cumin, clove, mustard seed, curry leaf and more that you can pick out individually. You can tell this isn't warmed over, pre-made curries; they're cooking dishes to order (what a novel idea). The naan is excellent, pillowy but with just the right amount of pull; the meat is flavorful and fresh; the vegetables have a fresh snap and are well cooked. I even noticed a difference between the standard mint, onion, and tamarind chutneys available at most Indian restaurants and those served at Saffron -- Saffron's mint chutney, in particular, tastes freshly made, with little bits of minced chili and fragrant mint giving it away. Last visit we had the do piaji (sp), a very lightly sauced but piquant chicken dish, an excellent lamb vindaloo that provided a gradual, blooming heat, and some really stellar vegetable korma flecked with roasted almond slivers and golden raisins. I would recommend checking it out.