Best Indian Restaurant?
We have an inbound house guest who loves Indian cuisine. I have been out of the loop for a couple of years on what is currently good around here for Indian. Seattle/ East Side/ or South King County would all be within range. What's the best Indian restaurant these days?
Traveler's on Beacon Hill serves ridiculously fantastic thali. Always lots of Indians eating there, which is the best sign, of course, and I've even heard lore that Indians from as far as Vancouver come to town for a Traveler's thali. Totally addicting. The menu changes monthly.
Mayuri and Spice Route in Bellevue/Redmond. Pabla (veg) in Renton. Oh India at Crossroads serves only a buffet even at dinnertime, but has a few interesting items. Clay Pit in Mill Creek seems to be pretty decent as I remember if north is also an option.
Not sure if there is anything worthwhile in Seattle proper. Never found a reason to go to Taste of India, India Bistro, Bengal Tiger, etc. Always bland food, and one never sees too many (if any) Indians eating there.
Everything else seem to be Groupon dumps. Naan n Curry in Kent gets tons of love from a number of people here, but I didn't find it to be a big deal.
Wait long enough, and Vancouver's lauded Vij's will open an outpost in Seattle:
Clay Oven which was in Monroe for about 6 years relocated to Woodinville about a year ago. They are doing consistently good food and are really nice people. Open for lunch and dinner but no buffet and an abbreviated lunch menu. Don't see many Indians there, but I think that is the area more than a reflection on the food.