6 years later....still looking for *good* Indian food in PDX...
Is it a futile pursuit? I love Indian food and sometimes frequent some of the downtown carts which are okay for what they are but where oh where is the delicious Indian place? Someone out there must know, or just tell me to give up!
Our two favorites are Swagat (multiple locations - NW on 21st, SW in Beaverton, another out near Orenco station); and Abhiruchi (not sure if I have the spelling right there) which is in a strip mall at the intersection of Murray and Tualatin Valley Highway (next door to Grocery Outlet).
I'm not Indian and haven't traveled there so I can't say I know truly "authentic" Indian food but that being said I have eaten a lot of Indian food in many places throughout North America and London and feel confident in recommending East India Co. in downtown Portland. A friend of mine who is originally from southern India loves it and they will even make his favorites from home which he says are awesome.
IMO, the mushroom appetizer (coated with amazing spices and cooked in the tandoor) is great and the Muchli ka Tikka has perfectly cooked, tender, moist, and amazingly spiced fish. Beware the vindaloo unless you like crazy hot food but overall I have eaten with many people at East India Co. and based on my experiences as well as others I would highly recommend it.
East India Co
821 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Thats funny I came to the board to ask the same question! Bombay cricket has issues but far superior to Swagat, Maybe We will try Indish we are taking a vegettarian to dinner tonight abd Portabello is closed and too big a party for lossoming Lotus and WE love Indian. We are willing to Travel India Grill is terrible and we don't want a cart... I think is a HUGE opportunity for a great Indian chef/business person!