Many tourists dream of traveling to places such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the Taj Mahal to bask in their magnificence for a brief while. These five restaurants give customers the delight of a brief escape from the normal routine to enjoy the experience of eating Indian food and enjoying Indian culture.
Bombay Darbar Restaurant
3157 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
The Bombay Darbar Restaurant prides itself on providing prompt service at a reasonable price and offers a wide menu of delicious Indian dishes (vegetarian biryani, chicken vindaloo, saag gosht, etc). Some dishes are served very spicy (range from low-medium to super-hot, medium, spicy, higher) so one has to be certain to ask the waitress about that when ordering. The restaurant is open at lunch time from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then serves dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and stays open until 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Ayesha Saffron Fine Dining
328 Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
The Saffron Group's restaurant offers customers a wide menu of lamb, chicken, seafood and tandoor-prepared (cylindrical clay oven) food. The menu can be downloaded from the website and the smells and tastes of the spices almost come off the computer screen (saffron, chutney, mint, curry). The hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner during the week, except for Mondays when it is closed. With all Indian dishes, it is important to know the amount of nuts used in preparation in case one suffers from allergies.
Woodlands Indian Cuisine
4816 N. University Drive
Lauderhill, FL 33351
Woodlands offers the vegetarians in South Florida a presentation of dishes from South India. South Indian cuisines vary in their amount of spiciness and use rice as a base in many dishes. A lot of the staples of Indian cuisine are similar to Hispanic food--tamarind, plantain, coconut and garlic together with other ingredients from the region. The restaurant holds events throughout the year and serves its food buffet-style. The hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
3060 N. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
Downtown Ft. Lauderdale offers so much to everyone and Bombay Cafe is part of that selection, located on Andrews Avenue. The restaurant offers buffet-style dishes from all over India. The prices are reasonable, from $9.95 at lunch to $14.95 for dinner. The restaurant has a vegetarian and non-vegetarian selection of dishes that cater to any palate. The employees pride themselves on generous hospitality and also offer catering services.
10345 W. Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065
The dishes at Khana Kh'zana are from the northern region of India and cover a wide range of tastes and smells--meat, vegetarian, mild spices, etc. This is an express Indian restaurant with most of the attention to carryout orders, but it also has dine-in seating. The restaurant's hours are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner, Monday through Thursday. During the weekends, Khana Kh'zana tends to stay open later.
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