I live nearby eat at this place often. This is authentic Indian food and it is as exquisite as it is inexpensive. This is strictly a small mom and pop operation. As far as I know they do no advertising, have no website and the few (bad) reviews on the internet date from prior ownership. The ugly storefront is in an ugly little strip mall across from well known Cacciatore Bros. The name of the place doesn't help business either. I wouldn't have walked in on a bet unless a chef friend hadn't dragged me. Half the space is a good sized grocery type store that stocks all kinds of imported Indian food stuff, vegetables and spices. The eating area looks like a (clean) soup kitchen. There is NO ambiance. It consists of several folding tables with plastic table cloths and plastic cutlery and a bad sounding TV generally tuned into an Indian soap opera, as incomprehensible as is the menu, written in English with no explanation on a white board. Bring a phone app. Unlike the typical Indian buffet slop the homemade food here is made or order and exquisitely spiced. It is fresh and healthy tasting, not greasy or heavy, and unlike any other Indian food I have had in Tampa. This is an all vegetarian kitchen- no chicken, no fish, no meat.. Try the Masala Dosa, at $5.99 is is the most expensive item on the menu, and it is fabulous. Mostly Indian clientele. I think they do a large catering business for parties and local Indian events. FYI - you can buy a handful of fresh curry leaves here for a dollar. Very nice owner. Kind of off the beaten path for tourists but if you are around stop in for a bite. One of the best kept secrets in Tampa.
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