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May 30, 2012 08:03 PM

Royal Indian - not quite

Not your usual Indian affair. In fact, the food took me on a mini world tour with stops in Thailand, Burma, China, Greece and eventually India but only by way of the naan.

What this translates to is dissapointment if you are actually wanting good Indian food. OK, there were overtones of Goa in the form of coconut and basic spices, but the pervasive flavours were not what you would call Indian food.

With Tarka just round the corner in Brodie and the relatively new Pakwan on William Cannon, I don't see this place lasting too long.

To be fair, the quality of the ingredients and care of presentation were very decent but it just was not Indian. Pakwan range of menu is limited, service is awkward and a bit pricey, but they have some decently Indian dishes and we all know Tarka is a go-to place for a quick fix.

Seemed like cheery chappies running the place (maybe that is why the music was techno-dance), but missed the mark in my opinion.

Fingers crossed things get better.

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  1. Do yourself a favor: head east on William Cannon to just before I-35 and turn right into that parking lot of Academy, etc. Go to Asiana for the best Indian food in south Austin. Bonus points for the employees being so darn nice.

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    1. re: tokyomonamour

      yep, and get the chettinad and savor every bite.

      1. re: tokyomonamour

        Seriously, Asiana is absolutely amazing. A couple of weeks ago, we went and had the dosa with potato and onion, lamb rogan josh, and kefti. Absolutely outstanding and hands down the best Indian food I've had in Austin.

        I also give props to New India on S. Congress next to the Wells Fargo at Oltorf.

      2. That actually sounds more interesting than just plain old Indian. I'll have to give it a try.

        Do they have a buffet?

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        1. re: conquer

          Saw buffet station set up but not in action so cannot comment.

        2. Okay, so not great Indian food, but is the food good?

          I drove by there today and noticed they had a sign outside that offered an "introductory price" of $4.95 for the lunch buffet.

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          1. re: Optimista

            Quality of food / ingredients was very acceptable and good care taken over presentation - just not out and out Friday night curry!