Flavors Essence of India serves exquisite S.E. Asian cuisine with seasoning and spices that live up to its name. In operation for several years, it offers a lunch buffet from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for only $7.99 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $9.99. The dinner hour is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Located in Baymeadows near residences and shopping, Flavors is a popular spot for locals looking for authentic Indian fare. The staff of male and female servers is courteous, prompt, and warm.
Fun, inviting atmosphere
Even those not familiar with the food of the Indian subcontinent will feel at ease in the medium-sized dining room complete with two screens where Bollywood stars and cricket matches can be seen. The walls hold paintings of things found traditionally in Indian kitchens, especially different spices.
Booths and tables and soft lighting offer customers comfort while enjoying their meals. Flavors is a great venue for children's parties and receptions with a large, spacious banquet hall on the other side of the restaurant. Happy kids in American and traditional Indian attire can be seen chatting and eating their food which is suitably seasoned for picky, younger eaters. Even adult customers enjoy the soft serve mango ice cream.
A Menu of Enticing Flavors
If Indian food is something new for you, try the lunch buffet. You can sample a little of this and a little of that. The soft, warm triangles of naan, delicate dosas, and crispy papadum are all featured as bread to begin the meal. There are chilies and pickles, too. The baby eggplant and mushroom Manchurian are tender and well-seasoned. Other vegetable dishes include dal (lentils) and spinach.
The goat curry is delicious over white rice. Chicken Biryani, poultry with saffron rice, and chicken tikka masala, which has a mild, cream and tomato base, are other delectable dishes. The tandoori chicken is a classic crowd-pleaser. There are several desserts to choose from, too, like the creamy rice kameer and fruit custard.
When you go to the front register to pay your bill, be sure to sample the complimentary hot chai, sweetened just right. Flavors Essence of India is inviting and the perfect place for dining with business colleagues, family, and friends.
9551 Baymeadows Road, Unit #10
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Call (904) 733-1525 for event catering and reservations. www.jaxflavors.com