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Indian Food-Is Nirvana it?

figndate Jul 22, 2009 07:50 AM

I recently moved back to NOLA from NYC, and much to my dismay it seems the only Indian restaurant in the city itself is STILL Nirvana. I really do not like it. At all. All the curries taste the same to me, and there is a major OIL issue. Granted, I have not been there since about 2004, but I am still skeptical. Definitely possible that it has improved, so I just wanted to put the feelers out and ask the opinion of anyone who has dined there lately. I am an Indian food FREAK so I would also appreciate any reco's in the surrounding area.

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  1. edible complex RE: figndate Jul 22, 2009 08:12 AM


    the above for a list of Indian restaurants. I've had good food at the Taj. I also love the Indian dishes at Sara's in the Riverbend area. (they own Curry Corner as well).

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      figndate RE: edible complex Jul 22, 2009 09:49 AM

      Oh yeah! I love Sara's actually...had totally forgotten about it. Thanks!

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      gastrotect RE: figndate Jul 22, 2009 08:28 AM

      I had some good Indian at Tandoori Chicken. I guess that's technically not in the city, but in Metairie. Still I found it pretty good. I love Sara's too, though it's Indian fusion more than it is straight-up Indian.

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        HalfShell RE: figndate Jul 22, 2009 08:56 AM

        Taj Mahal off Metairie Road has better Indian than Nirvana, IMO.

        I recently read an article in the Times Pic about a new Indian place on the North Shore. They said it was very good. I remember it had a funny name. Can anybody help me?

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          edible complex RE: HalfShell Jul 22, 2009 09:12 AM

          india 4 u ???

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            HalfShell RE: edible complex Jul 22, 2009 01:05 PM

            That was it! Have you been? Is it good?

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              edible complex RE: HalfShell Jul 22, 2009 01:08 PM

              have not; don't get to the northshore that much for dining. that said, I love Gio's Villa Vancheri.

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                underworld gourmet RE: HalfShell Jul 22, 2009 08:25 PM

                I have. I liked it; good paneer, curried goat and beef, and many of the usual stars of Indian cuisine.

                Figndate: you apparently missed eating at the India Palace, off Vets Hwy. One of my all time faves; I at there once a week usually. It did not survive Katrina; the operators, I'm told, packed up and moved to Silicon Valley and thereabouts to cater to the growing population of Indian software engineers seeking what to them is home cooking;

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                  nomadchowwoman RE: underworld gourmet Jul 22, 2009 11:24 PM

                  Oh how I miss India Palace.

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                    briox RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 23, 2009 03:03 PM

                    Me too! Great place! Although, I think Gim Chee took it's place and it's got pretty good Korean and sushi.

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                    nikinik RE: underworld gourmet Jul 24, 2009 09:35 AM

                    India Palace was definitely the best!!! I miss it...but India 4 U is almost as good.

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                      LH occasional restaurant goer RE: nikinik Jul 31, 2009 12:58 PM

                      The buffet at India 4 U has the best selection. My biggest complaint is that the buffet is intentionally underspiced and will always be so. (I spoke to the owner about it) But ordering off of the menu he will spice as you wish.
                      One the other hand Tandoori on Clearview from what I remember when on Canal St. was on the other end of the spice spectrum.
                      There was a cabbage dish on the buffet at India 4 U that I had never seen before and the owner says that he changes the buffet daily. I will definitely be back especially for the selection, but comparing buffets I like the spice level better at Nirvana.

                      Oh and one more thing- Atmosphere- Much friendlier at India 4 U. The owner and waiter were very friendly. Much more so than any of the other Indian restaurants, especially Nirvana.

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                  nikinik RE: edible complex Jul 24, 2009 09:34 AM

                  India 4 U is bar far my favorite place!!!

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                    nomadchowwoman RE: nikinik Jul 27, 2009 08:28 AM

                    where exactly is India 4 U?

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                      edible complex RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 27, 2009 09:22 AM

                      India 4 U.
                      1703 N Causeway Blvd .

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                        nomadchowwoman RE: edible complex Jul 28, 2009 11:19 PM


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                nolafroodie RE: figndate Jul 23, 2009 08:12 AM

                I like Salt 'n'Pepper in the Quarter. It's a dive with a pretty small menu, but tasty nonetheless.

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                  figndate RE: nolafroodie Jul 23, 2009 08:18 AM

                  For reasons of proximity, I will probably try here first...Thanks!

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                  shanefink RE: figndate Jul 23, 2009 07:33 PM

                  I think Nirvana's food has improved, but I never get good service there.

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                    midcity RE: figndate Jul 28, 2009 05:36 PM

                    I really recommend Tandoori Chicken on Cleary just south of Vets in Metairie. Actually, I'm headed over there right now. Don't be put off by how the place smells--sometimes there's a weird burnt-bread scent going on. The food is a little pricier than I'd like [I used to live in New England, where good, cheap Indian food abounds], but it's GOOD. I don't go out that much, so I usually end up sticking with my favorites--very good saag paneer.

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                      nomadchowwoman RE: midcity Jul 28, 2009 11:21 PM

                      Yes, I've eaten there, and I agree, the food is good, but it's definitely a hole-in-the-wall experience.

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                        HalfShell RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 14, 2009 10:13 AM

                        Does Tandoori Chicken have a buffet? If so, what days of the week?

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                          nomadchowwoman RE: HalfShell Sep 14, 2009 10:33 AM

                          Went on a weekday for lunch, and there was a buffet, so I'm assuming at least weekday lunch, but I'm not sure about other days.

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                      cookbooknola RE: figndate Sep 14, 2009 07:33 PM

                      I highly recommend Saffron on the westbank. They do takeout on the weekends and it is a limited menu because they do mostly catering. I guarantee it is some of the best and most authentic around.

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