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India's Restaurant: Comfort food from the subcontinent

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India's Restaurant

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Nestled in a strip mall along busy Baymeadows Road sits India's Restaurant. It has served the community for about 15 years and is owned by the Singh brothers. With traditional Indian fare, a very affordable lunch buffet and full dinner service, India's Restaurant has become a staple on the Southside to those who relish Asian cuisine.

Comfort food from another country

Pretty, floral curtains and white linen tablecloths adorn the décor at India's Restaurant. The staff, the men dressed in traditional Sikh turbans and the women in bright, colorful saris, is friendly and welcoming. Undoubtedly, the food here has been voted by a local paper as top-notch because of its courteous people and wallet-friendly lunch buffet. For only $6.99, customers can explore a variety of dishes common to the Indian subcontinent. Fresh cucumber, sliced carrots, and tomatoes are offered on the small salad bar along with sweet tamarind sauce, spicy green chili and red hot onion which can flavor any dish in any combination. Cool, fresh yogurt, an Indian staple, is good as well. The modest buffet offerings keep locals pleased. Try the tender chicken tandoori, chicken legs and thighs barbequed brilliant red in a traditional clay oven for it is the best on the buffet, especially with grilled onions and the soft naan bread. The chicken tikka, boneless cubes of chicken breast marinated in yogurt, garlic, and spices, is yummy over Basmati rice. Typically, there are several legume and vegetable dishes including dal, well-seasoned lentils, saag, spinach with paneer, which is cheese, or potato, and chana masala, chickpeas with herbs and spices. The vegetable pakora, veggies fried in batter, is good with the tamarind sauce. A cool, mango lassi, the sweet, yogurt drink that is similar to but more healthy than the American milkshake, is the perfect lunch hour treat. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and begins on Saturday at 12 noon.

Dinner is served

While first-timers would most likely feel most comfortable sampling the lunch buffet, India's Restaurant's evening customers find the ambiance and vast menu to be very special. The specialties include more tandoor, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian specialties. For example, the chicken korma comes as tender cubes of chicken in a lightly sweet cream sauce served with rice. There are varieties of naan, and the fried bread puff called puri is delicate and a delight to eat. There are also combination dinners, rice specialties and special recommendations. Beer and wine are on the drink menu. However, hot, Indian chai served sweet with milk, is the perfect way to end a good dinner. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Whether for lunch or for dinner, India's Restaurant lives up to its name.

India's Restaurant

9802-8 Baymeadows Road

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 620-0777

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