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Best Indian Food - Orlando

We recently moved here from Michigan and tried Tabla. It was dinner, so the buffet was not available. The food wasn't awful, but we were a family of 4 and they tacked on an automatic 18% gratuity and then expected a tip on top of that. I haven't had that experience anywhere else on the planet with a party of 4. We won't be going there again for that reason alone.

Dec 13, 2010
foodiefamily in Florida

Metro Detroit / Bloomfield - BEST INDIAN BUFFET!

Great News! Chef Rajesh and his father, Chef Pannit Ji, have both moved to Ypsilanti and are at the restaurant "Temptations" - will attach link below. Temptations was previously an Indian restaurant with a reputation for decent food and horrible service. Under the new management and with the addition of the new chefs, I expect that reputation will quickly change. Went to the buffet today and was not disappointed. I expect to give a more detailed review under the Ypsilanti boards, but promised an update here first.

www.mitempt.com

Oct 17, 2009
foodiefamily in Great Lakes

Metro Detroit / Bloomfield - BEST INDIAN BUFFET!

Bad News - The restaurant has closed. We gave the chef our contact information, if he relocates somewhere else I will pass the news to my fellow chowhounds.

Jul 07, 2009
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San Francisco Indian

Thanks to everyone for the responses. I must say, the SF Chowhound board is fantastic! Having never been to SF myself, I had a million questions. After searching the boards, I ended up with only the Indian cuisine in question. Thanks so much for your help, we are really looking forward to the visit and a variety of cuisines (and fresh seafood!) that are somewhat lacking here in the midwest.

San Francisco Indian

We will be bringing the family to San Francisco this summer. First question, does San Francisco have an Indian/Pakistani section of town (like NYC has Jackson Heights)? Also would like recommendations for Indian food - wherever they are in San Francisco. We will not have a car, but anywhere we can reach with public transit is great. We don't mind going out of the way for a fine meal. We are not vegetarians, and prefer Northern Indian cuisine, but still have great apprecation for good vegetarian or South Indian cuisine. Pakistani OK too, Bengali or Afghani - not so much.
Thanks much!

Metro Detroit / Bloomfield - BEST INDIAN BUFFET!

I haven't been to Rangoli in about 18 months, I suppose. We went a few times after it first opened. Sometimes the food was really good, and sometimes it was just awful. Since we couldn't really figure out the pattern as to when the food would be good or when it would be bad, we finally stopped going. Since I haven't been there recently, I don't know how it is these days. As for Akshay, we have only been to the lunch buffets. There is no buffet at dinner, just order off the menu, and I don't know if the dinner chef is the same as the lunch chef or not, so I can only attest to the lunch buffet.

Mar 23, 2009
foodiefamily in Great Lakes

Metro Detroit / Bloomfield - BEST INDIAN BUFFET!

I took of the slash, so the link works now. Yes, it is the place on Opdyke at South Blvd in the strip mall there. It was a Big Boy, then it was Cedarland (Middle Eastern) for a couple years, now it is Akshay. When we first went, the crowd was almost entirely Indian (Always a good sign for an Indian Restaurant in my opinion), but each week the clientele is more diverse as word must be getting around to the non-Indian community. I hope you enjoy it!

Mar 21, 2009
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Metro Detroit / Bloomfield - BEST INDIAN BUFFET!

After decades of culinary betrayal we haved finally hit the mother lode in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - how did this happen?! The restaurant is Akshay Indian Cuisine (www.akshayindiancuisine.com. ) They opened in what was originally a Big Boy restaurant, and the 2 large buffet tables have found redemption for all their past misdeeds. The chef is the best we have encountered (Dear Husband is originally from India, and is also difficult to please.) One buffet is Vegetarian, and the other Buffet is Non-Vegetarian (strict vegetarians can choose just the vegetarian buffet, the rest of us can select from both buffets, I think its only $1-2 difference for both.) The buffet is only at lunch, but it is there every day except Monday. The best feature is that this buffet offers some dishes not traditionally found at Indian Restaurants, especially here in the states. A lot of these dishes are Indian home cooking. The chef also is well trained, and from a heritage of chefs (father - grandfather). His culinary repertiore Includes all regions of North/South/East and West India, each with its own distinct uses of flavor and spices. We are there every weekend for the buffet ($20.03 total for 2 of us) and the Masala Chai and 2-3 dessert selections are included in the buffet. The spices are used well, not just abundantly, and each dish is accurately marked as to it's level (Mild-Med-Hot). The dishes are also NOT swimming in ghee like at some other restaurants. The variety of food amazes me. We go so often, I keep waiting for it to get repetative and redundant, but there is always something new to try. I can't say enough about the elation this restaurant opening has brought to us. If the chef ever leaves for greener pastures, we may very well follow. Absolutely fantastic if you are seeking REAL Indian food, not the Americanized versions. Bravo!

Mar 21, 2009
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