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Dec 12, 2009 03:06 AM

Birmingham - Silver Coin Indian Grill

As the discussuion at our last chowdown changed from the wonderful meal we had to where to go to next, Silver Coin was mentioned.

I'd like to get over there with some friends during the holidays to give it a go. Most of us have not had proper Indian food, and some are spice wimpy.

I've read the other threads where Silver Coin was mentioned and got a few ideas, but need more guidance.

So, folks, what's good over there. What do you recommend as a "must have?"

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  1. Chicken tikka masala with naan bread. I also really love the samosa chaat. Both are good for the spice wimpy.

    1. They ask ahead of time how spicy you want to go, and are good at gauging people's spice tolerance.
      There also are plenty of mild dishes like the chicken tika masala bluemoon mentioned. Look for dishes called korma (that's a very rich, mild, aromatic sauce made with coconut milk and cashews) or tika masala for mildness. The tandoori is decent, and that's very mild.
      Some things I like there that are mild are methi chicken (with fresh fenugreek), masala dosa (a long tube of crispy lentil cake with curried potatoes and peas inside -- look under South Indian specialities).
      I also like the lamb and goat curries, but get them hot.
      Vegetarian dishes are universally good here. The bengan bartha (eggplant) is unbelievable. Most are fairly mild or can be ordered that way.
      You must get the naan. It's some of the best I've had. For a fun appetizer, try the idli in the southern indian specialities section. It's a tangy steamed bread, made aromatic by toasted mustard seeds.

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      1. re: Big Daddy

        Thank you both for your excellent suggestions.

        Wonder how the normally-eggplant hating husband will like the began bartha? Mr. Chen's sold him on the pork and eggplant, maybe we'll get lucky twice!

        I've heard the naan is especially good, and that idli sounds very interesting.

        1. re: Big Daddy

          BD - Baaaaad idea to read your suggestions while hungry. Silver Coin sounds like a great place for the next Chowdown.

        2. Favorites:
          Chicken biryani
          Chicken saag (creamy spinach sauce)..I actually like Taj India's version of this one better
          Chicken Tikka Masala (I like Taj India's version of this better, too). Ask for this mild...
          Rogan josh (lamb, spicy, good)
          The mixed tandoori platter under chef's specials is very good...spicy shrimp, lamb, sea bass, chicken, cooked in a tandoori oven.

          The naan here is very good. Get some to soak up the sauces....yum.

          We visited Sitar Indian Restaurant in Huntsville twice recently. I like it much better than any Indian I've had in Bham. They told me they're opening a restaurant in Birmingham this coming year, so that will definitely be something to be watching for.

          Let's do a Chowdown at Silver Coin soon (after the holidays)!

          6 Replies
          1. re: curej

            I agree. Someone start a thread on Google group for Chowdown III

            1. re: curej

              FYI, Sitar is going in where Tracy's Cafeteria was on University and 20th St S.

              1. re: Owsley9

                Awesome, that is only a few blocks from my work! Any idea when?

                The few times I have been to Silver Coin, I have gone for the buffet nights and days. Indian is one of the few buffets I like but I am taking notes on other dishes.

                1. re: Dax

                  I'll have to meet you there for lunch. I work at UAB.

                2. re: Owsley9

                  That's great, but I hope they will be able to survive there...Business will be busy on weekdays, I bet, but evenings and weekend may be tricky in that location...I wonder where their parking will be?