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Indian food in downtown

saltnpepperwhat Sep 18, 2012 10:48 AM

Any decent indian restaurant in downtown?
I know for great indian food, I need to go to Parc Ex... but it's too far, so I'm settling for "good".
I usually go to "Thali" for take-out, but I'm looking for something nicer for sit-in. I'm thinking Star of India near Guy, any other recommendations?


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  1. hungryann RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    Skip Star of India. Go to Le Taj on Stanley; their lunch buffet is very good.

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      saltnpepperwhat RE: hungryann Sep 18, 2012 04:34 PM

      how is Le Taj for dinner?

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        hungryann RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 19, 2012 05:10 AM

        It's very good, a fine dining experience. Nothing like th park Ex joints.

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          saltnpepperwhat RE: hungryann Sep 23, 2012 07:02 PM

          So I did go to Le Taj after all. The place was packed! Service was so so, not too personal but at least polite. I ordered the thali, with the option of choosing the main dish. I chose something called Xacutti chicken since I've never seen this in any other indian restaurant before. The chicken was really tender, and the spicy sauce was pretty good. I also had a non-veg appetizer plate which had a deep fried salmon fillet, a piece of grilled chicken, and breaded shrimp in curry sauce. The shrimp was soggy, fish was cold, and chicken was just ok. Their nan bread is really good, and so is their gulab jamun dessert.

          Overall, I think this is a good place for romantic date or business meeting. I wouldn't go here often since it is indeed quite expensive (expect 40$ per person) but I would come back to try their lunch buffet.

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            hungryann RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 24, 2012 06:15 AM

            I don't remember the price of the lunch buffet but it's a good deal considering the quality of the food offered. I agree it can be expensive for dinner and some of the " fusion" dishes canbe hit or miss.

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              westaust RE: hungryann Sep 24, 2012 07:43 AM

              The lunch buffet is 15.95$ according to their website

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      chilipepper RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 18, 2012 05:46 PM

      Curry House on Mackay? Allo Inde on Stanley?

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        PhilTG84 RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 19, 2012 08:06 AM

        Curry House on Mackay is pretty good and Le Taj is good. The only problem with Allo Inde is the service. The food was not very great but the service is deplorable. The an employee kept accosting us throughout the meal (demanding we order more, telling my girlfriend he'd take her home), the server screwed up the order (TWICE) and the butter chicken was so-so. Not worth the time or money.

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          Gloriaa RE: PhilTG84 Sep 20, 2012 02:18 PM

          I'm a sucker for curry house on mackay, delish!

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            williej RE: Gloriaa Sep 20, 2012 07:40 PM

            If you don't like cilantro (green coriander), then don't even try The Curry House.

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            Shattered RE: PhilTG84 Sep 20, 2012 06:38 PM

            "telling my girlfriend he'd take her home"
            Please tell me you punched the a$$hole in the mouth.

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            ladymcbet RE: saltnpepperwhat Sep 24, 2012 12:53 PM

            I really like Thali on St. Marc, just above St. Catherine for an Indian Lunch. Family business, nothing fancy, but great food, and the butter chicken isn't sickly sweet the way I find many to be made. They make it nicely spicy, which is a personal preference of mine. You'll get a complete meal for $12 or under.

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              Shattered RE: ladymcbet Sep 24, 2012 01:33 PM

              The OP mentioned liking Thali, but is looking for something more upscale. I like the place alot too, but it's more like a cafeteria than a restaurant.

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                ladymcbet RE: Shattered Sep 24, 2012 01:54 PM

                oops - I must take more time reading posts!

                If Devi is still around, on Cresecent, I had a great tasting meal there once. Haven't been there in a couple years though, but it was quite good.

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