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Old 07-09-2016, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Bumping. I'm moving from Carrboro to Raleigh in 3 weeks and called up my dad (he lives in SC and has a truck+trailer to help me move) and he said he will gladly help me as long as I do hard research into finding the best, most authentic Indian restaurant within 50 miles! Last time he helped me move from Durham to Carrboro we went to India Gate on Highway 54 in Durham, which we both loved. It also has 4.3 stars on Google Reviews, which is higher than any restaurant mentioned in this thread. Don't want to take him there again though.

So, where should I take my dad? We will be leaving from near the PNC Arena. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices - Royal India on Capital, Sai Krishna Bhavan in Morrisville, and Paradise India Cuisine in Morrisville. None of those even have 4 stars on Google Reviews. We're looking for authenticity not tacky and Americanized. Out of those 3 and ANY others in the Triangle, what do you suggest? I'm perfectly willing to look at something besides those 3 I mentioned but so far those are the top choices. I have 4 Indians and 4 Pakis in my department at work so I will ask some of them on Tuesday when I go back their opinion, but for now, what say you C-D?

Edit: I lied, Paradise in Morrisville has 4.1 stars.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:22 AM
 
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The buffet at Godavari in Raleigh is quite good. They seem to draw in mostly Indian clientele, so it must be passing the authenticity test.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:06 AM
 
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Dharani, Morrisville. Both times I've been there the non-Indian diners in my group were the only non-Indian diners. If you happen to catch it the day of the grand buffet (I think once a month) you're extra lucky!

Dharani Restaurant - Altamount Restaurant Group
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Dharani, Morrisville. Both times I've been there the non-Indian diners in my group were the only non-Indian diners. If you happen to catch it the day of the grand buffet (I think once a month) you're extra lucky!

Dharani Restaurant - Altamount Restaurant Group
Thanks for the heads up about this place! The menu looks pretty incredible. Any idea on the cost of the regular lunch buffet?

Here's a very recent raving review: Dining review: Dharani restaurant in Morrisville has exotic Southern Indian cuisine | News & Observer
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:21 AM
 
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Cilantro Indian Cafe in MacGregor Village, Cary
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I've been to Sai Krishna Bhavan a couple of times (lunch buffet) and liked them a lot. I liked them better than India gate (they are fine, too). There's a big guy who instructs customers how to properly eat each dish. Some people I went with turned off by that but I liked it. They are completely vegetarian, so if your dad likes meat (Tandoori chicken, Lamb curry, etc.) they don't offer those. Never heard of Dharani, menus look great! But seems a bit upscale for a casual lunch?
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:46 PM
 
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We really like this place. Nazara Indian Bistro
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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we love Nazarro to, but it's a little "fusion-y". Still has awesome food and nice atmosphere. Other favorites are Kababish cafe and Nepali range.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:25 PM
 
Location: NC
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we love Nazarro to, but it's a little "fusion-y". Still has awesome food and nice atmosphere. Other favorites are Kababish cafe and Nepali range.

I feel the same way about Cilantro. (It's one of my favorite restaurants and I highly recommend it). I actually like the "Counter ordering" system, and the young man that works there is awesome. I remember him from the gas station (their first location) on ten-ten, he was just a kid and also very helpful then. It's one of my daughter and mine's special places to eat.

Sai Krishna for vegetarian
Paradise for Buffet (and Byriani)
I need to get to Nepali Range, I loved the other place in Chatham Village but have not been there in a while (and read about the changes, thank you!)
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the heads up about this place! The menu looks pretty incredible. Any idea on the cost of the regular lunch buffet?

Here's a very recent raving review: Dining review: Dharani restaurant in Morrisville has exotic Southern Indian cuisine | News & Observer
I'm not sure of the cost - maybe $13.99 for reg and more for the grand buffet. Expensive. So not a regular destination for me, but, totally worth it to go here and there.
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