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2011/05/23 22:24:04 (permalink)

Indian

i just love eating the lunch buffet at India Garden in Pittsburgh. I just love this food.

Why aren't there more places Like this.

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    Twinwillow
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    Re:Indian 2011/05/23 23:43:14 (permalink)
    The best Indian food in America is at restaurants located in areas where there is a large Indian populace.
    Fortunately for us in Dallas, we have no shortage of excellent, authentic Indian restaurants serving everything from Goan to Madras to Northern Indian style cooking.
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    Re:Indian 2011/07/02 00:52:22 (permalink)
    Greg,
    Twinwillow got the issue exactly right. The owner clears < 50 cents per $8-10 buffet plate after taxes, health insurance, Social Security, laundry, cleaning costs, labor,  etc. are met.
     
    In every big city there is the inescapable organized crime "rent" to be paid, too. In the US, it is all very civilized & institutionalized, i.e. you hire XYZ garbage company, PQR produce supplier & so on.
     
    Therefore, unless there is a good night time crowd who spend on higher price items & drinks, the restaurant cannot function. Americans are conditioned to associate "Indian" with "cheap food", so in the smaller cities, unless there are Indians or subcontinentals ordering their favorites, there will be no call for the high-ticket menu items.
     
    Additionally, it is very difficult to get a truly good chef from India to come here owing to visa & wage issues. Most smaller restaurants run with amateur staff or Hispanics hurriedly trained to be cooks. I know this because I was an Indian knowing scarcely anything about Thai food promoted within 2 days of joining to sous chef in a Lao-Thai restaurant!!!!! No one could tell the difference, and I wondered, WT......!!
     
    So now you can appreciate that the buffet table is just one aspect of a complex operation. In fact, not having one would give the staff that much more rest and prep time from 2 p.m. onward, and a more relaxed atmosphere to clean the premises & get ready for the 5 p.m. opening. Remember that staff do not get to go home until at least 2 a.m. IF they are lucky!
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    Re:Indian 2011/07/02 02:13:00 (permalink)
    I am praying that this thread encourages a spate of indian recipes in that forum.
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    Re:Indian 2011/07/03 18:07:47 (permalink)
    Be happy to write down your favorites in the appropriate thread: which one is it?
     
    more than the recipe, careful attention to technique counts.
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    Re:Indian 2011/07/04 01:08:11 (permalink)
    Thanks pimple2 ... I am just introducing myself to indian food (I know ... it is many different cultures). I am a fairly proficient cook but am certainly not accustomed to such powerful spice mixtures and the complexity I taste amazes me. Perhaps a few of what you might consider "starter recipes"? Thanks again for your kind offer. And I assume it would be appropriate to post in the recipes & cooking techniques forum.
    post edited by wookman8 - 2011/07/04 01:53:10
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    Re:Indian 2011/08/04 11:07:54 (permalink)
    Pimple,

    Any thoughts on Vatan in NYC?
     
    Thanks.
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    Re:Indian 2011/08/04 12:32:24 (permalink)
    I came across many good Indian restaurants in the UK. Because they DO have a large Indian population the places seem to proliferate and they are very good. Idid not see any buffet types because I think the concept is alien to them. Once I got the spices down, I began to really enjoy them. More fortunately for me I have a co-worker who is married to a native of Mumbai and he has guided me to many an outstanding Indian eatery here in north Austin. I believe the same problems are true for Chinese buffets which are all over north Austin like a rash.
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    Re:Indian 2011/08/09 11:29:57 (permalink)
    The Chicago area has a large Indian population. For many years it was concentrated along Devon Avenue in Chicago but Indian restaurants and grocery stores can be found in most of the suburbs as well now.
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    Re:Indian 2012/06/05 03:04:23 (permalink)
    The Indian food is just as diverse as its people and cultures.Indian Food and Indian Restaurants are common in many parts of the world.I love to eat Indian foods.



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    Re:Indian 2012/06/19 08:28:00 (permalink)
    Indian/Pakistani food is the most popular food in England.    I love most ethnic foods and am lucky that I get to travel to places where there are a variety of them.
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    Re:Indian 2012/06/19 10:52:22 (permalink)
    There are some good ones here in San Antonio like India Oven and some others,which i haven't tried yet.I want to try Sichuan Cusinine on Northwest Military. Their chinese menu is authenic,no americanized foods here.
    Caravali up in New york, near Piermont has good food according to my sister.they have several locations. Unfortunately the ones here aren't close to where I live, got to drive clear across San Antonio to get to them.but hey,vacation is coming,so I think I'll try it out.
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    Re:Indian 2012/07/19 22:03:55 (permalink)
    goodfoodwarehouse

    The Indian food is just as diverse as its people and cultures.Indian Food and Indian Restaurants are common in many parts of the world.I love to eat Indian foods.

     
    Me too. I love them hot and spicy. My favorite Indian dishes are the Sambhar Chawal , the Dahi Gosht and the Mughlai Chicken. They are simply delicious...
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    Re:Indian 2012/07/20 14:57:45 (permalink)
    bunch of great place in the bay area :)
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    Re:Indian 2012/07/31 02:54:56 (permalink)
    Difficult as buffets rely on grease and sugar. Indian food is always high in both.
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    Re:Indian 2012/10/04 18:37:54 (permalink)
    I thought we had some good options here in the Bay Area...but then I went to England and my head exploded. Loads of Indian restaurants and the ones I went to were all quality.
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    Re:Indian 2012/10/04 18:50:38 (permalink)
    @seank: you can thank the late Idi Amin for all those great Indian restaurants in London. England is where most of the Indians settled when Idi Amin "kicked" them all out of Uganda. And, it was in London that I had my first love affair with this great, sub-continent cuisine.
     
    In Dallas, our favorite Indian restaurant is Cafe Mughlai.
    http://www.mughlaidallas.com
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/05 10:17:05 (permalink)
    Much as I do enjoy Indian cuisine I wish I had not listened to one of my ne'er do well acquaintances in the  Royal Navy who encouraged me to try the Fal curry. I paid for that
    dearly, twice.
    post edited by brisketboy - 2013/06/05 10:21:38
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/09 00:04:22 (permalink)
    Here's a nice NYT review of local Roadfood favorite Sapthagiri...


    http://www.nytimes.com/20...-jersey-city.html?_r=0

    Happy to report...back to bright & lovely.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2013/06/09 00:18:07
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/12 00:59:16 (permalink)
    Hmmmm,  I'm willing to bet that are several of each named place.
     
    Except maybe Indian Restaurant. 
     
    Questionable!
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/12 04:55:23 (permalink)
    http://tamarindpa.com/Ate at a great "Tamarind" last year in Pittsburg Pa.....Nice atmosphere...great food...must be a common name!!!  Here's their web site for anyone in the area.
    post edited by leethebard - 2013/06/12 04:58:42
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/12 05:00:54 (permalink)
    In DFW, Madras Pavilion  has two locations and is a great all vegetarian restaurant.  In Irving, Pasand is a consistent staple of good food.  They bring the naan bread to order after you order your beverage. They serve nicely spicy food. I ate there 2 weeks ago and had very spicy Chana masala (chickpeas).
    post edited by Dr. L.M. - 2013/06/12 05:01:58
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/15 05:56:37 (permalink)
    Since moving to New England, I've missed some of the cuisines that I was able to readily obtain in the Midwest like BBQ or Mexican, but one thing that I haven't been disappointed with is Indian.
     
    There are a whopping five Indian restaurants within easy access of where I live, and I've tried four of them so far.  Tandoor, which is downtown with the rest of the restaurants that Middletown is known for, is easily the best.  Haveli isn't quite as good, but still very serviceable. Udupi Bhavan is wretched.  Mmumbai Spice up in Rocky Hill emphasizes takeout - the food itself is just so-so, and rather pricey for what you get, but hard to beat for convenience.  I haven't yet tried Priya, also in Rocky Hill.
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/15 10:06:22 (permalink)
    Never, ever touch the stuff...to much grease and it's loaded with sugars and everything has that awful smelling curry.
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    Re:Indian 2013/06/15 15:39:33 (permalink)
    myterry2

    Never, ever touch the stuff...to much grease and it's loaded with sugars and everything has that awful smelling curry.

    ...awful smelling curry....REALLY?????
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    Re:Indian 2013/09/01 17:03:20 (permalink)
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    Re:Indian 2013/09/07 08:37:57 (permalink)
    I think there is no place in the world where people don't have experienced about Indian food. It is delicious and healthy as well.
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