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Delicious Indian food in Jacksonville

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CecilJakob Aug 2, 2009 06:19 PM

I decided to dine out tonight and after driving by two places I've been meaning to try (both were closed, it was late-ish Sunday night), I ventured into India's Restaurant on Old Baymeadows (SW corner of Baymeadows and Southside). Good ambiance, courteous staff, quite a few big groups of Indian families came in during my dinner.

Their menu does a lot of explanation if you are not familiar with the cooking style or type of dish (eg, tandoori, tikka, paneers, curry, different spices). I ordered the Keema naan (flatbread stuffed with lightly spiced minced lamb) and the lamb vindaloo (they can adjust the spice level on the vindaloo). Needless to say, I am a big fan of lamb :>) One of the owners came out with the complimentary appetizer while you wait. I found out from him that the thin crispy cracker-like wafer is called papadum and is served with three sauces: a mint, a sweet tamarind, and an onion-tomato (almost chutney like). All three delicious, I went through the entire basket by myself. Perfect timing by the kitchen, because I had no sooner finished the last of the papadum when my meal came steaming out.

My lamb vindaloo was served with a very small salad (iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber), dressing (I would guess it is yogurt-based or a raita) on the side, lightly seasoned basmati rice. The vindaloo itself had lamb and potato cubes mixing delightfully with the curry and just a hint of cilantro as garnish. I wiped the dish clean (absolutely mopped it) between the rice and the naan into my mouth. I had to stop a few times to wait for my stomach to catch up because I couldn't bear to leave without eating everything.

I refrain from using the word 'best' in any description simply because I am by no means a connoisseur nor am I of Indian descent, but my meal was absolutely yummy. I figured I'd report since I had not seen any reports on the Indian cuisine in the area.

Bon appetit! Whatever you eat, I hope you like it!