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Old 10-05-2008, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Edmonton's best South Asian (Indian) food

For a quick food court lunch, I don't mind Curry Fix in Commerce Place.

New Asian Village is the biggest name in town. I personally don't mind it, but others have mixed reviews.

Been to Khazana for a couple of office lunches - great decor, so-so food.

I've only been to Masalaz once but I was impressed enough that I want to make a return visit soon.

Anywhere else? Little India and Millwoods seems to have a plethora of Indian restaurants.
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I like hawali by the bay downtown
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Off topic.. but Edmonton has a Little India??? 34 Ave?
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Have to agree. Much better than Khazana. The Hawali in St. Albert is even better.
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Off topic.. but Edmonton has a Little India??? 34 Ave?
Yes, Little India runs along 34 Ave between 91 St and about 95 St. Besides having a legion of Indian eateries, there are a lot of grocers, retail boutiques and services that cater to the South Asian community. Of course it's not the best area for an ethnic village, seeing that its a strip mall hellhole separated by a multi-lane commuter artery. But Millwoods has always had a large Indian population - Millwoods started up about the time when South Asian immigration went from a trickle to a wave - so a Little India had to spring up somewhere there.

I shamefully admit that I haven't tried Haweli yet, but some day soon I will.
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I really like Mauryah (sp?) at 34ave and west of 91 street (i am guessing about 93 street). Really yummy!
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Hawelli in St. Albert is awesome!

And even though not prepared by Indian Folks (I don't think anyways...) Remedy Cafe does a mouth watering chick pea curry & has amazing butter chicken wraps & various Tandoori wraps.

The first time I had a butter chicked wrap there (imagine, butter chicken curry, wrapped IN naan bread...) I honestly found the true meaning of life and I swear Stevie Ray Vaugn was there eating one with me too. Soooo good.

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Went to New Asian Village for the first time last week. I really liked it, food was great and the beer selection was fantastic. Not sure why it costs seven bucks for an ABco beer though....it's brewed 15 blocks south.

I've known the owner for a while, really good guy and it's great to see success.

My gf's dad was really struggling with the spiciness of the food. Certainly not for everybody.

What was in there before it was New Asian Village?
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^ Which location did you go to?
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I like hawali by the bay downtown
Have not tried it but I love Indian food. Is it true that one also opened in St. Albert?
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^Yes, its right on St. Albert Trail - in the old New York Steak House place.
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^Yes, its right on St. Albert Trail - in the old New York Steak House place.
Thanks Casa, that is good to know.
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Went to New Asian Village for the first time last week. I really liked it, food was great and the beer selection was fantastic. Not sure why it costs seven bucks for an ABco beer though....it's brewed 15 blocks south.

I've known the owner for a while, really good guy and it's great to see success.

My gf's dad was really struggling with the spiciness of the food. Certainly not for everybody.

What was in there before it was New Asian Village?
The first restaurant in that location, I believe, was called "Something Fishy." Then came "Rive Gauche", a French restaurant, which didn't last very long. Then New Asian Village, which has been there for at least a dozen years now.
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I love the taste of the this cuisine and often make my own but is anybody aware of any South Asian restaurant that does not use "ghee" or similar saturated fats in their foods?

Its the one ingredient that keeps me from going.
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There's a great restaurant called "Rasoi on 50th"... at 50 St. & 44 Ave... great food (there's also a buffet), great service, decor is nice - and they have a patio too in the back.
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I have been to this Restaurant several time. What I found is they have very good I must need to accept that it is super excellent BUTTER CHICKEN. They have the largest selection of vegetarian and meat dishes selection available in town. I have been to other restaurant and I know what I am telling. Their quality of food is also consistent. Service is fine and you will fall in love of food and atmosphere. Super Excellent. They have 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner Buffet. Plenty of dessert to choose from.

Again Remember RASOI INDIA on 34th Ave and 92 St,
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I have been to this Restaurant several time. What I found is they have very good I must need to accept that it is super excellent BUTTER CHICKEN. They have the largest selection of vegetarian and meat dishes selection available in town. I have been to other restaurant and I know what I am telling. Their quality of food is also consistent. Service is fine and you will fall in love of food and atmosphere. Super Excellent. They have 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner Buffet. Plenty of dessert to choose from.

Again Remember RASOI INDIA on 34th Ave and 92 St,
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I have been to this Restaurant several time. What I found is they have very good I must need to accept that it is super excellent BUTTER CHICKEN. They have the largest selection of vegetarian and meat dishes selection available in town. I have been to other restaurant and I know what I am telling. Their quality of food is also consistent. Service is fine and you will fall in love of food and atmosphere. Super Excellent. They have 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner Buffet. Plenty of dessert to choose from.

Again Remember RASOI INDIA on 34th Ave and 92 St,
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Any word on when Origin India (under Filthy McNasty's) is going to open? It's still being reno'ed and seems to have been "coming soon" for most of this year.
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^ I noticed that too. But the signage has changed recently, and there are people actually working there, so one can hope it will be soon.
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Sorry to say, but I have been continually disappointed in Indian restaurants in Edmonton. Case in point: The Jewel of Kashmir opposite Scona HS. We ordered three different curries, and they all tasted like they came out of the same pot. On numerous occasions when we've had visitors from the UK we've tried several Indian restaurants and have yet to find just one that stacks up to yer average village curry house in Britain.

Too many of them suffer from a 'Joe's Caff' style of decor. The inevitable, inedible Butter Chicken rears its head. The main problem seems to stem from the fact that they all have a 'buffet' menu with very boring choices seemingly dumbed down for 'average' tastes rather than authenticity. Ordering a dish from the a la carte menu seems to throw the chefs off kilter because they're more geared to churning out the aforementioned buffet items. The result being an interminable wait.

In short, I've given up on finding a good Indian meal in this burgh.
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Sorry to say, but I have been continually disappointed in Indian restaurants in Edmonton. Case in point: The Jewel of Kashmir opposite Scona HS. We ordered three different curries, and they all tasted like they came out of the same pot. On numerous occasions when we've had visitors from the UK we've tried several Indian restaurants and have yet to find just one that stacks up to yer average village curry house in Britain.

Too many of them suffer from a 'Joe's Caff' style of decor. The inevitable, inedible Butter Chicken rears its head. The main problem seems to stem from the fact that they all have a 'buffet' menu with very boring choices seemingly dumbed down for 'average' tastes rather than authenticity. Ordering a dish from the a la carte menu seems to throw the chefs off kilter because they're more geared to churning out the aforementioned buffet items. The result being an interminable wait.

In short, I've given up on finding a good Indian meal in this burgh.
I feel your pain! Have you tried Haweli? Here is a link:

http://www.haweli.ca/
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I really like Mauryah (sp?) at 34ave and west of 91 street (i am guessing about 93 street). Really yummy!

Yes, Maurya's is my favourite, i love their butter chicken, no one else can measure up. I have been to the Asian Village and two other Indian restaurants within the same area but Maurya's still comes on top.

There is also a Restaurant in Sherwood park, i think it is called Amigos, it is one Restaurant, one side is Mexican and the other Indian. They have great food and we go there at least once a month, they have really good Indian food, you can choose either Indian or Mexican, their mexican dishes are excellent.The customer service is also great.
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Any word on when Origin India (under Filthy McNasty's) is going to open? It's still being reno'ed and seems to have been "coming soon" for most of this year.
now open sonic man.
i hope you like the space.....
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origin india on whyte ave now open call 7804360556
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There's a great restaurant called "Rasoi on 50th"... at 50 St. & 44 Ave... great food (there's also a buffet), great service, decor is nice - and they have a patio too in the back.

Yes i can vouche for this place, best butter chicken. New asian village is horrid there butter chicken is very bland and the service doesn't even compare to rasoi. They make good traditional indian food so people who can't handle spices should have no business being there
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http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Life/...844/story.html
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Origin India offers standout flavours and honest value in a cool, refined setting -- and then there are the leftovers!

By Alan Kellogg, Edmonton Journal

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You look forward to the day when Edmonton will support restaurants devoted exclusively to regional fare. A specialist Goan or Kashmiri cafe going deeply and solely into their state cuisines would be fabulous. Until that day, we've got wonderful generalists such as Origin India to give us an honest taste of the possibilities, with generally honest value and class to boot.
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I really like Mauryah (sp?) at 34ave and west of 91 street (i am guessing about 93 street). Really yummy!

Yes, Maurya's is my favourite, i love their butter chicken, no one else can measure up. I have been to the Asian Village and two other Indian restaurants within the same area but Maurya's still comes on top.

There is also a Restaurant in Sherwood park, i think it is called Amigos, it is one Restaurant, one side is Mexican and the other Indian. They have great food and we go there at least once a month, they have really good Indian food, you can choose either Indian or Mexican, their mexican dishes are excellent.The customer service is also great.
I agree Maurya has the best Indian food - we go to the one on Victoria Trail (maybe 139 or 140 Ave?) The owners are extremely friendly - they always let me sample a dessert from the front counter and they have a huge selection of beer. My fave dish is the spinach paneer (sp?).
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I tried Karma at 99 Ave/105 St recently. The curry could have been a bit hotter and thicker, but it still tasted good and the basmati rice was cooked perfectly.
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I realzie the OP is looking for Indian restuarants, but slightly off topic the millwoods meat shop offers pre-marinated cuts of meat, chicken, tandoori, fish steaks and my favorite tandoori hot wings. tandoori comes in both hot and mild and they also offer greek lemon. really great if you wanna pick up yourself and throw on the BBQ without any hassle.
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I tried Rasoee while I was at Southgate Mall this evening. For food-court Indian, it's not bad at all. Unlike the Curry Fix, there's an even greater choice of dishes to choose from and you can order your food mild or spicy. The rice is perfectly cooked too. If they open a downtown location, I would be eating there once a week.

http://www.rasoee.com/home.php
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Dawaat on Whyte Ave is a good place for buffet indian food. It has a limited selection comapred to New Asian Village (an old fav), but the food is way more authentic (I'm East Indian/ Bangladeshi mix myself).
For a totally different experience, try Masala Wok (on 34 Ave strip) which has Indian style Chinses cuisine (aka Calcutta Chinatown food) for the first time in E-town !
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I'm a fan of Origin India across from Chapters on Whyte. Nice food, nice decor, and good staff.

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There are some very good curry sauces etc: in the import sections of most grocery stores. A lot of the sauces have recipes on them. I have made some pretty darn good curries at home. If you like curries you should try this option.
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There's a great restaurant called "Rasoi on 50th"... at 50 St. & 44 Ave... great food (there's also a buffet), great service, decor is nice - and they have a patio too in the back.
Agreed. Fantastic food + great service = happy customer.
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Good article on Little India.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/...185/story.html

But I have to comment on one thing:
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There's Maurya Palace, New Asian Village and Rasoi India for classic, north Indian fare, as well as Shudh, a newer arrival that is the city's only south Indian restaurant, offering yummy, mostly vegetarian specialties like "dosa," a rice-and-lentil pancake wrapped around a filling of potatoes and onions, and "vada," a fried lentil-flour dumpling served with coconut chutney, perfect for dropping in lentil soup.

Sanjay Sachdeva, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Aarti, says locals used to drive to Calgary to eat south Indian restaurant food. But no more.

The owner of Shudh is either a liar or misinformed. Masalaz and Savoy's Cafe have been serving south Indian fare for a few years now and they are both good. Remedy Cafe serves dosas but they are just so-so. I'll give Shudh a try anyway.
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There's a new Indian place on 91st ave and...102 st(?). They ONLY do buffet, and it seems really expensive. My wife and I went there on a Friday, and it was $30 for the buffet, which consisted of about 12-15 items, most of which were vegetable (I think there was 1 chicken, 1 beef, and 1 fish dish). We left and went to Origin India, spent just $5 more (including our drinks, and taxes), and we got items off the menu, AND had enough leftovers that we both ate it for lunch the next day.
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Surprised no-one has mentioned Zaika just off 91 St. a few blocks north of Ellerslie Road. Very good $12 lunchtime buffet. http://www.zaikabistro.com/

A nice, orderly, clean Indian grocery store next door as well.

Still one little niggle about Edmonton restaurants, though. Such limited menus. The link below is to one of my old haunts in the UK and this menu is by no means an exception, it's a fairly average example of what can be found in any village, town or city in the UK. C'mon Edmonton!
http://www.takeawayfever.com/menu.php?id=1395
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There's a new Indian place on 91st ave and...102 st(?). They ONLY do buffet, and it seems really expensive. My wife and I went there on a Friday, and it was $30 for the buffet, which consisted of about 12-15 items, most of which were vegetable (I think there was 1 chicken, 1 beef, and 1 fish dish). We left and went to Origin India, spent just $5 more (including our drinks, and taxes), and we got items off the menu, AND had enough leftovers that we both ate it for lunch the next day.
Do you mean 81st Avenue and 102 Street? That would be Narayanna (I think that's the correct spelling) if so. We were there about a month ago on a Friday evening, and the buffet price was then $25.00. We loved the atmosphere and the food (the place was very busy too), but also heard that the weekend price was bumped to $30.00 a couple of weeks ago.

That's a deal-breaker, in my view - it was a good $25.00 buffet but not worth $30.00.

That's a shame too because I know the owner worked very hard to get the old warehouse renovated. I agree that Origin India on Whyte does a great (and relatively spicy) buffet for about $20.00 - that's my Old Strathcona first choice - lovely atmosphere and decor (but I occasionally go to New Asian Village as well).
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New Asian Village is still my favourite. I've tried LOTS of other restaurant. They were good too, but the food here just tastes better IMO. I haven't been able to find a good place in Vancouver either. I go there a lot. You would think they would have lots of East Indian restaurants.
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We used to go to New Asian Village on Sask drive, and then I read the Capital Health food violations site... never eating there again.

davidnorwoodink, yeah, I can't believe I typed 91st ave. Duhh! I also didn't like that they were JUST a buffet. I realize that's a popular thing to get an an India restaurant, but my wife and I order off the menu 90% of the time. It just seemed odd that there wasn't the option at Narayanna.

Terwillegar_Guy, my friends have said good things about a place in Vancouver run by "Vij," though I don't know the name of it (they have a couple of Indian cook books as well).
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^Vij, just off Granville?

http://www.vijs.ca/

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I've only gone to that downtown location maybe two times int he past 4 years. I usually go to the one on the South Side. VJ's is supposed to be good in Vancouver. I didn't get to try it last time. It's more fusion food though. I don't consider it a regular East Indian restaurant.
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Yeah, good idea to stay away from the Sask Drive location, unless you like mice feces near your food.

Having the restaurant reports online is nice, but I really wish they would go to a visible system displayed on the outside door of the restaurant like they have in LA. If it doesn't have an "A" on the door, you know the place has had problems, and because it's visible to anyone and everyone that walks in there, there's a lot more incentive to clean up your act ASAP, as you'll have fewer people eating there with a low rating.
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I went to Sask Drive last after the Owners changed (The original owner sold it a few months ago from what I heard). It seemed a lot better than 2 years ago or so.
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I've had good food from Karma, Dawaat & New Asian Village recently, generally take-out/delivery.

The Karma combos are pretty reasonable and well-sized portions. Dawaat's paneer is excellent. New Asian Village is always dependable. I find their spicing to be a little... unnuanced maybe, but it's always going to be exactly what it's always been.
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I've never really had any problems with the New Asian Village on Sask Drive, but I haven't been there recently. Origin India was pretty good last time I dined there last summer, and I like the butter chicken wraps they serve late at night. Curry Fix is pretty good for a food court lunch, as the lamb curry they serve there is yummy.
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Origin India is good. I just wish it wasn't in a basement.

Also, Rasoi Indian Kitchen on 50th is awesome. We were there a few weeks ago and they took over their neighbors space and expanded. They hadn't opened the expande side yet, but it was nearly finished, and I would recommend checking it out. It's a great intimate setting with good service and good food. We've never been disappointed.
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I've noticed that the Indian place at 116 St and 102 Ave has been open for a couple of months now. Can't recall the name.
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Narayanni's Restaurant 10131 81 Avenue

Not south Indian, but south African-Indian and very very good. A bit pricey on Friday and Saturday evenings, but the food is excellent and it's family run. Weekday lunch is the best value. And I think the best "Indian buffet" in Edmonton.

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The price has scared me away from there. I'm simply not going to eat $30 worth of food in one sitting; at least if you order off the menu (which they don't offer), you'll have left-overs the next day.
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Their place was reviewed earlier this week:
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Just tried Shudh for brunch. It was alright, but for Southern Indian fare I prefer Masalaz.
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Just tried another south indian place, Kathir, next door to friuticana. Meh.
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Bistro India is a new South Indian place that opened up a few months ago. Great food and flavor. 102nd ave and 116th street. The restaurant is in a 100 year old house, but the inside is completely redone. Personally, they have the best South Indian food in town...
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The best shot downtown , try the Spicy House at the food fair at Canada Place. Extreme value at $6.00 full curry chicken with chick peas. If Kris is doing the cooking it is never exactly the same day to day . He cares about the cooks . This is not standard food fare fare. You would pay a lot more in a restaurant for the same quality and taste.
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Bistro India is a new South Indian place that opened up a few months ago. Great food and flavor. 102nd ave and 116th street. The restaurant is in a 100 year old house, but the inside is completely redone. Personally, they have the best South Indian food in town...
Thanks! I've driven by there a few times.
Will need to check out their menu first, then give 'em a throw.
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I noticed a "Restaurant Space For Rent" sign posted outside of Karma.
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Indian Fusion was great when I was there last, which sadly is a while ago.
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Anyone tried Bistro India @ 116 St/102 Ave? I drive by it often and I've been meaning to try it out.
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"I'm simply not going to eat $30 worth of food in one sitting"

Can you go to the grocery store and spend $10 on food that you can eat in one sitting?

I'm going to guess the answer is yes. If so, then you can eat $30 of food in a restaurant. Basing this on an industry average of 33% food cost.
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Except I can take that same $30 and go to any other Indian restaurant in the city and leave with leftovers, or I can enjoy any number of Indian buffets for $20. In my opinion, I won't get $30 worth of food from that buffet, so I choose not to eat there.

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Anyone tried Bistro India @ 116 St/102 Ave? I drive by it often and I've been meaning to try it out.
http://www.bistroindia.ca/
I haven't tried that place, although I live pretty close to that place. I really should go try it sometimes in the near future. But not too soon - earlier today, I just ate a lunch of beef curry on rice with channa (chickpeas in a curry sauce) from the Curry Fix in the Commerce Place food court!

However, Bistro India seems to get a lot of good reviews on Urbanspoon.ca up to as recently as last month.
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I'll chime in as an East Indian who has been to many of these restaurants:

A few general tips before making getting detailed:

- Avoid buffets at Indian restaurants, if possible. Quality of food pales in comparison to menu ordering, in terms of freshness. New Asian Village likely has the best quality buffet in town.

- Take advantage of Groupons and related websites. Lots of these available and often. Menu ordering isn't cheap.

- Seems to be a large number of Indian restaurants having opened in recent years, in all parts of the city. Parallel to Edmonton's soaring East Indian population.

- Typically the chicken dishes and curries better go with rice. Vegetarian dishes good with Naan. Consider trying an ''aloo parantha'' naan as an appetizer.

- Galab Jamun is my recommended desert

- Unless have a big appetite, avoid heavy appetizers like Pakoras or Samosa as these will ruin enjoyment of the main course if full.

- Consider trying an East Indian pizza joint. Personally a fan. Places like Pizza 99 give a unique experience.

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1. New Asian Village or Little India I find have the highest quality.
2. Dawaat on Whyte Ave / West Side menu ordering is good - avoid the buffet though.
3. Zaika in Ellerslie has above average food, and a sophisticated atmosphere.
4. India Garden is a little known gem. Google it.
5. I enjoy Masala-Wok. It's an indo-chinese place. Decent, reasonable prices - will be enjoyed if expectations are kept in check.
6. Not a fan of Haweli or Khazana. Avoid.
7. Haven't been to Guru though people speak highly of it.

Not sure what happened Maurya - there used to be many locations? The location on 34 avenue has been replaced by a buffet joint called Moksha. Went there, unimpressed.

I understand my post was informative. Glad to espouse my relevant opinions to the mass public.

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Interesting that you recommend New Asian Village, but avoid Haweli... they're the same owners.

I used to love Origin India, but they new owners have really let the place slide. The food is still good, but they took a higher-end Indian place and made it tacky. The menu design looks like a High School student did it, and the last time I was in there they had a TV and a projector. This isn't a sports bar.
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Interesting that you recommend New Asian Village, but avoid Haweli... they're the same owners.

I used to love Origin India, but they new owners have really let the place slide. The food is still good, but they took a higher-end Indian place and made it tacky. The menu design looks like a High School student did it, and the last time I was in there they had a TV and a projector. This isn't a sports bar.
Admittedly I ate at Haweli's when the owners were different.

Maybe things have changed at that place since...
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- Avoid buffets at Indian restaurants, if possible. Quality of food pales in comparison to menu ordering, in terms of freshness. New Asian Village likely has the best quality buffet in town.
Agreed, I also prefer to order off the menu because buffets are rather bland and the food sits there for god-knows how long. I only do buffets if it's a workday lunch because of the quick convenience.

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Not sure what happened Maurya - there used to be many locations? The location on 34 avenue has been replaced by a buffet joint called Moksha. Went there, unimpressed.
Maurya Palace is still open on Victoria Trail in NE Edmonton. There were 3 locations, and I believe the 3rd one was in St. Albert, where Haweli is now.
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I've still yet to find a good Indian restaurant. I've tried most of the majors and come away disappointed. The last one I visited was two weeks ago, Zaika, on 91 St. just north of Ellerslie Rd. Cool, modern ambience and, avoiding the buffet as I usually do, although it looked well presented with a decent selection of dishes, I ordered the Beef Vindaloo. Unfortunately, it was ruined by too much vinegar.

My pet gripe is that I find that Indian restaurants here have such limited menus. Go to any Indian in the UK and the menu is up to four pages long with dozens of different items. Check out this menu, it's pretty typical. http://www.thebombay.co.uk/ Nowhere that I've found here even comes close, and the quality is second to none. I have no connection to this restaurant other than as a customer when I'm over there.

Given the fairly large south Asian population in Edmonton, the lack of really good Indian food is surprising. Maybe folks are staying home and making their own curries.
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^ I think it's because Indian cuisine has been a staple of the British diet for at least a century now, whereas it's only become popular in Canada within the last 20 years or so. Because of that relative newness, people here aren't as adventurous or haven't quite developed that same palette. Therefore when a good majority of non-Indians rarely venture beyond their butter chicken & naan, you can understand the local restaurants' reluctance to expand their menus. However we're seeing more Indian restaurants with more variations (Southern Indian, South African, etc), so there's hope.
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^ Jeez, I'm going to be too darn old, then, by the time a decent Indian can be had locally. Maybe I should sign up for an Indian cooking course.
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I've still yet to find a good Indian restaurant. I've tried most of the majors and come away disappointed. The last one I visited was two weeks ago, Zaika, on 91 St. just north of Ellerslie Rd. Cool, modern ambience and, avoiding the buffet as I usually do, although it looked well presented with a decent selection of dishes, I ordered the Beef Vindaloo. Unfortunately, it was ruined by too much vinegar.

My pet gripe is that I find that Indian restaurants here have such limited menus. Go to any Indian in the UK and the menu is up to four pages long with dozens of different items. Check out this menu, it's pretty typical. http://www.thebombay.co.uk/ Nowhere that I've found here even comes close, and the quality is second to none. I have no connection to this restaurant other than as a customer when I'm over there.

Given the fairly large south Asian population in Edmonton, the lack of really good Indian food is surprising. Maybe folks are staying home and making their own curries.
You are right in that the quality of indian restaurants here pale in comparison to those available in larger cities.

Truth is, most of the entrees (especially meat ones) are infrequently cooked at home. Alot of the dishes cooked at home are rarely served at such restaurants.
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^ That's interesting. Would it be that home cooked dishes in Indian homes are typically vegetarian, and that Canadian (and UK for that matter) tastes tend towards the meat dishes?

Also, the restaurant whose menu I linked to is in a town of about 100,000 people - way smaller than Edmonton. Come to that, even Indian restaurants in small villages, <10,000, (and most have at least one) invariably have high quality food, plus the extensive menus.
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^ That's interesting. Would it be that home cooked dishes in Indian homes are typically vegetarian, and that Canadian (and UK for that matter) tastes tend towards the meat dishes?
I'd say that is accurate. Alot more vegetarian dishes are cooked at home, a large majority of them which are not served on menus at such restaurants.

The meat dishes do get served, but more often on special occasions or on a once or twice a week basis. Definitely not everyday food.

Butter chicken is an odd one. Definitely not a staple dish in India, or even a staple dish in Indian homes in Canada, but immensely popular in restaurants.
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I love Punjab sweets and bakery personally...

Buffet and cheap..

I have been to guru and it's nice and wonderful flavours, but to me Indian is pub food just like you find in the uk at so many places.
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I tried the Indian place in the Scotia Place food court, who are affiliated with the Rasoi on 50th restaurant. Not bad for fast food fare, I'd say it's better than the one in Commerce Place.
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Curry fix in commerce is HORRID

Have you tried the South African Indian resto?! It's just off whyte.

It is by far the best place to go for cury... very few cream based dishes.. much lighter and more flavorful I find.

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Curry Fix is merely OK, it's good enough for those who eat nothing but butter chicken, which means most non-Indian Edmontonians. They still have lineups at noon, so I don't think they're worried about losing business. But for fast food Indian, I'll be going to the one in Scotia from now on.
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Curry Fix is merely OK, it's good enough for those who eat nothing but butter chicken, which means most non-Indian Edmontonians. They still have lineups at noon, so I don't think they're worried about losing business. But for fast food Indian, I'll be going to the one in Scotia from now on.
I haven't been at the one in Scotia Place yet - seems worthy of a look. Never ate at the one before in ScotiaPlace - but it had some pretty poor reviews.

Have yet to check out Chicken 4 lunch either. Is it worth the hype?

I don't mind CurryFix - decent for lunch hour.

Had Dawaat this week. Fresh ingredients. Seems like they have a large menu - 18 pages.

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I went into Narayanni's once, but left when I found out the only thing they have is an expensive buffet. There wasn't enough that I wanted to eat to justify the price.
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Curry Fix is merely OK, it's good enough for those who eat nothing but butter chicken, which means most non-Indian Edmontonians. They still have lineups at noon, so I don't think they're worried about losing business. But for fast food Indian, I'll be going to the one in Scotia from now on.
For Indian take-out fans I'm going off the board a bit and recommending Badass Jack's. (We've only tried the Whitemud Crossing locaton). Even Indian Edmontonians I know who've had their butter chicken or madras chicken Asian boxes agree that they're surprisingly good.
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Some friends were raving to me about Kathir Food Experience - may have to give it a second chance.

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I did a takeout order of Goan Shrimp Curry and white rice from Bistro India last night. Num num! Only one person on the balcony plus 1 occupied table in the dining room, so I hope these guys aren't petering out.
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The lamb kebab wrap at "Y-Not Indian" in the Scotia Place basement food court is legit.
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The King and I. Really tasty
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^tasty, but bland and overpriced.

That said, the Pandoulas chicken is incredible.
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Narayannis revamped their buffet prices. Went there Sunday for dinner - $20.

Weekly Vegan Night Tuesdays
Every Tuesday / Special $15 per person
*children half price does not apply

New buffet prices:
Tuesday Vegan Nights: $15
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: $20
Friday & Saturday: $25

My favorite so far in this city.. much better than Zaika imo.
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Those are much lower than they used to be. I may check them out now.
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^^ X 2

Been to Narayanni's probably a dozen times now, and I still think it's the best offering of its kind in the city.
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