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Old 05-04-2009, 01:10 AM
 
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What does everybody think of Louisville's Indian eateries? I know almost nothing of authentic Indian cuisine so my comments are based on only what I like and dislike and nothing more. I also don't go to buffets really so I am not taking buffets into account and am a pescetarian (fish-eating vegetarian) so I don't try any dishes with meat other than fish. Here's my take:

- Kashmir

Pros:

My favorite. Been there at least 100 times. Great atmosphere! Outdoor seating! Plenty of things to do and places to go before or after you eat. The staff are usually really cool and the owner gentleman is always really friendly. They have the best Saag Paneer and their poori is great. Their rice is the best, having the most flavor and quality!

Cons:

No free appetizers to munch on. They are always stingy on rice! When I go alone I get a certain portion of rice for my entree. When I go with my wife or a friend we get the exact same portion of rice to share with our TWO entrees and they usually will charge extra for another rice portion. Wtf? How does that make sense? RIce hoarders!! I also feel like the various naans such as the cheese, spinach or potato, are lame. Never any buy-one-entree-get-one-free coupons in the papers.

- Shalimar

Pros:

Nice quite, intimate, dimly lit atmosphere. Great cheese naan. Great shrimp curry. Indian grocery next door to browse around before or after dinner! Free fried bread appetizer! There are always buy-one-entree-get-one-free coupons in the papers!!!

Cons:

Staff are never very friendly. Rice is not great. Saag paneer (my favorite indian dish) isn't very good but acceptable.

- India Palace

Only went there a few times a few years ago for the buffet when I was dumb enough to go to a buffet (no offense to those that do though.) Never been there for dinner. That's not much to judge the place on but I remember no liking anything really but that dessert where the little deep-fried balls (sweet balls we called them, lol) float in that syrup.

- Dakshin

Veejay (sp?) owner of Bombay store started this place. We go to Bombay all the time and talk with Veejay for a few minutes everytime. He kept bugging us to try his new place Dakshin. He said that it was different from every Indian place in town in that it was "real, authentic Indians food." He told us that it's the only place where you will see Indians eating because it was the only place that had the real deal I guess. We only went there once so far.

Pros:

Huge menu selection! Great naan! Staff was great and a few of them were guys we've met from shopping at Bombay so they were really kind. Food definitely taste different from the other Indian places and that is really neat. Of course I can only goes on Veejay's word but it's at least a nice thought that you can go get authentic Indian prepared dishes in Louisville.

Cons:

Area sucks. I hate that broke-down, depressing shopping center, Eastland it's called I think. I hate the lousy, lonely feeling I get looking at it. They also have TVs going which I find annoying in general when eating but find especially annoying when really ridiculously retarded Indian music videos and adverts are on them. It's kind of funny though really. Indians must have a really weird sense of what is cool when it comes to music and dance. Eh, vastly different culture. I don't know if that's a gimmick to make american crackers think they are in India or if it's for the Indian patrons. Ultimately, I go there for food though and not for TV so it's not a huge deal. They dinning area is very simple being just one large room with no additional walls. I like a more complex layout in a restaurant.

- Sitar

Chain restaurant I think - saw one in Nashville too.

Pros:

Fried bread appetizer! Great location. Plenty of other things to do before or after dinner. Great "seafood curry!" Best seafood dish that I have have at an Indian place actually. Great cheese kulcha/naan (though they put gross red onions in it for some reason. We just ask for it without.) They are NOT AT ALL stingy with rice there and will give you as many huge plates of rice as you ask for for free! Haven't tried any dish that was bad really. Nothing as good as Kashmir though save for the seafood dish.

Cons:

Staff is friendly but not as much as Kashmir. Not really any outdoor seating. Kind of lame thinking that it is a generic chain. I think that the Kashmir guy has other places too though (one in Louisville of Theirman lane and one in Lexington) but they are not of the same name at least.


Anybody else have any thoughts? I know there are at least two other places I haven't even tried yet so I would love to hear about those too if anybody has been to them.



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Old 05-04-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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I have onlyh tried Kashmir and loved it so I just keep going there. I just go with what works lol By the way.... why are you called girl from the country if you are none of the above?
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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What does everybody think of Louisville's Indian eateries? I know almost nothing of authentic Indian cuisine so my comments are based on only what I like and dislike and nothing more. I also don't go to buffets really so I am not taking buffets into account and am a pescetarian (fish-eating vegetarian) so I don't try any dishes with meat other than fish. Here's my take:

- Kashmir

Pros:

My favorite. Been there at least 100 times. Great atmosphere! Outdoor seating! Plenty of things to do and places to go before or after you eat. The staff are usually really cool and the owner gentleman is always really friendly. They have the best Saag Paneer and their poori is great. Their rice is the best, having the most flavor and quality!

Cons:

No free appetizers to munch on. They are always stingy on rice! When I go alone I get a certain portion of rice for my entree. When I go with my wife or a friend we get the exact same portion of rice to share with our TWO entrees and they usually will charge extra for another rice portion. Wtf? How does that make sense? RIce hoarders!! I also feel like the various naans such as the cheese, spinach or potato, are lame. Never any buy-one-entree-get-one-free coupons in the papers.

- Shalimar

Pros:

Nice quite, intimate, dimly lit atmosphere. Great cheese naan. Great shrimp curry. Indian grocery next door to browse around before or after dinner! Free fried bread appetizer! There are always buy-one-entree-get-one-free coupons in the papers!!!

Cons:

Staff are never very friendly. Rice is not great. Saag paneer (my favorite indian dish) isn't very good but acceptable.

- India Palace

Only went there a few times a few years ago for the buffet when I was dumb enough to go to a buffet (no offense to those that do though.) Never been there for dinner. That's not much to judge the place on but I remember no liking anything really but that dessert where the little deep-fried balls (sweet balls we called them, lol) float in that syrup.

- Dakshin

Veejay (sp?) owner of Bombay store started this place. We go to Bombay all the time and talk with Veejay for a few minutes everytime. He kept bugging us to try his new place Dakshin. He said that it was different from every Indian place in town in that it was "real, authentic Indians food." He told us that it's the only place where you will see Indians eating because it was the only place that had the real deal I guess. We only went there once so far.

Pros:

Huge menu selection! Great naan! Staff was great and a few of them were guys we've met from shopping at Bombay so they were really kind. Food definitely taste different from the other Indian places and that is really neat. Of course I can only goes on Veejay's word but it's at least a nice thought that you can go get authentic Indian prepared dishes in Louisville.

Cons:

Area sucks. I hate that broke-down, depressing shopping center, Eastland it's called I think. I hate the lousy, lonely feeling I get looking at it. They also have TVs going which I find annoying in general when eating but find especially annoying when really ridiculously retarded Indian music videos and adverts are on them. It's kind of funny though really. Indians must have a really weird sense of what is cool when it comes to music and dance. Eh, vastly different culture. I don't know if that's a gimmick to make american crackers think they are in India or if it's for the Indian patrons. Ultimately, I go there for food though and not for TV so it's not a huge deal. They dinning area is very simple being just one large room with no additional walls. I like a more complex layout in a restaurant.

- Sitar

Chain restaurant I think - saw one in Nashville too.

Pros:

Fried bread appetizer! Great location. Plenty of other things to do before or after dinner. Great "seafood curry!" Best seafood dish that I have have at an Indian place actually. Great cheese kulcha/naan (though they put gross red onions in it for some reason. We just ask for it without.) They are NOT AT ALL stingy with rice there and will give you as many huge plates of rice as you ask for for free! Haven't tried any dish that was bad really. Nothing as good as Kashmir though save for the seafood dish.

Cons:

Staff is friendly but not as much as Kashmir. Not really any outdoor seating. Kind of lame thinking that it is a generic chain. I think that the Kashmir guy has other places too though (one in Louisville of Theirman lane and one in Lexington) but they are not of the same name at least.


Anybody else have any thoughts? I know there are at least two other places I haven't even tried yet so I would love to hear about those too if anybody has been to them.



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You need to post this on the free forum at LouisvilleHotBytes.com

you will get way more responses! BTW, there are other Indian restaurants in the metro area, and a new Pakistani restaurant!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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Dakshin is very good and authentic. I'm not sure how it stacks up to other of the best Indian restaurants in larger metropolitan areas, such as NYC, Chicago or LA, but I'm certain that Dakshin's food quality could certainly stack up. One of my closest friends is Indian; I live in Lawrenceburg and would meet him in Fern Creek just to eat at Dakshin, it's that good. Oh, and the owner? Very friendly and wants to make sure his patrons are having a great experience.

Shalimar isn't bad, but it's very Americanized. The food isn't nearly as authentic and, well, I've not heard of most authentic restaurants of non-Caucasian ethncities having buffets. (When I think of buffet, I think of fat white guys in small town America going after church to a Chinese restaurant with "watered down" Chinese food thinking they're getting the real down while making jokes about eating cats. This fits my own family.) Anyway, I did like the service at the time, and the prices aren't unreasonable, but it feels almost "national-chain" or certainly "everyday small-town buffet" to me.

I've heard great things about Kashmir, too, but never had the fortune of trying it the whole time I was a student at UofL. I should be back in Louisville on Friday; maybe I can "sweet-talk" my Indian friend into meeting me there!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:38 AM
 
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I had never even tried Indiana food until my husband and I started dating and apparently it is very common in India. I don't know what most of the dishes are but Kashmir's vegetarian thali is my favorite!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:42 AM
 
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I had never even tried Indiana food until my husband and I started dating and apparently it is very common in India. I don't know what most of the dishes are but Kashmir's vegetarian thali is my favorite!
Have people in Bangalore heard of Indiana? (Sorry, haha, couldn't resist.)
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Have people in Bangalore heard of Indiana? (Sorry, haha, couldn't resist.)
LMBO Indian, not indiana dang it Good lord I should have proofread

Let me try this again....

I had never tried INDIAN food until my husband intorduced me. Apprently Indian food is very common in IRELAND...the rest is fine lmborofl
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