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Jan 17, 2011 04:39 PM

Northern Indian Cuisine in Austin?

We're hoping for a recommendation on some good home-style Northern Indian food in the Austin area. A place that might have a solid Lamb Rogan Josh on the menu or a great Aloo Saag.

It can't be a fast food style place (a la Tarka) and we're not looking for "fusion" cuisine – however fabulous it may be – just a good place to go with friends and enjoy a nice authentic dinner.

Willing to travel a little out of the way for something good.

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  1. I think Shalimar and Sarovar are considered Northern Indian. I remember Sarovar advertising that on their sign in their Santa Clara restaurant, but not sure about the Austin location. Check out their menus.


    9310 N Lamar Blvd Ste C, Austin, TX 78753

    1. as a transplanted bostonian, i have really missed all the regional indian restaurants.
      although austin has an indian population, many of the restaurants are very general.
      you may not find exactly what you are looking for.

      bombay bistro in north austin has quite the buffet over the weekends, and decent recs from the board.

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      1. re: dinaofdoom

        So it seems... from poking around online it looks like most report to be Southern & Northern and the reviews are either few or oddly mixed. Granted, a lunch buffet can be quite a different creature from a weeknight dinner service in any given restaurant, so that is a factor to consider.

      2. I second Sarovar for North Indian.

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        1. re: conquer

          Will definitely look closer at Sarovar, and also Bombay Bistro... Thanks!

          Bombay Bistro
          10710 Research Blvd Ste 126, Austin, TX 78759

          1. re: conquer

            I went to Sarovar last week for the first time. I don't feel qualified to judge the food since I have only eaten Indian food a few times, but I did like the food.
            I do feel qualified to comment on some of the other aspects of the experience.
            The bathrooms are horrendous. I am amazed how bad many of the restaurant bathrooms are in Austin, but this was the worst. The toilet partitions where covered in comments that looked like something you would find in a middle school. The ladies bathroom was clean, but in bad need of repair, but I was told that the men's room wasn't even clean.
            We were there on a weekend night and it was pretty empty, I think there were only three or four tables of customers. (One of those cold rainy days we've been having lately.) The service was slow and not particularly friendly. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I will try somewhere different next time.
            To give some perspective - I don't need super fancy. I liked Teji's and if it weren't so far away, I would go there on a regular basis.

            1205 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, TX 78681

            1. re: emoore

              Try Bombay Bistro- the atmosphere is far superior. I found Shalimar to also be as you described above. I'm not knocking the food at either, but of the three I prefer Bombay Bistro for the overall experience.

              Bombay Bistro
              10710 Research Blvd Ste 126, Austin, TX 78759

              1. re: Oyster Boy

                bombay bistro is pretty good. Also try tandoori bistro at 35 and oltorf. avoid the lunch buffet and get dinner a la carte.

          2. Thanks all! Ended up trying Bombay Bistro. It was the right atmosphere for the evening we had planned and, happily, the food was pretty solid too.

            Will keep adventuring and give the food at some of your other recommendations a try.

            Bombay Bistro
            10710 Research Blvd Ste 126, Austin, TX 78759