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The Indian restaurant on Forest Lakes and Tampa Road in Oldsmar has new owners again.  I think this is the third set of owners it’s had.  Now it’s owned by the same folks that own Deeya Indian Cuisine in Clearwater.  There was only one other table of customers while we were there.  We started off with the Keema Samosa.

These were flavorful and crunchy.  I liked dipping them in one of the sauces that came with the papadum.  Loren got the chicken tikka.

He’d never ordered this before.  It was kind of like Indian fajitas.  The chicken was very tender and flavorful.  He really enjoyed it.  I ordered the butter chicken and the garlic naan.

Granted, this is the only Indian dish I ever get because it’s just so yummy.  The depth of flavors and creaminess are just wonderful.  The chicken was tender and I managed to finish the whole thing.  The garlic naan was good too.  We had no complaints about the food, but the overall atmosphere in the restaurant just didn’t seem friendly to me.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

Desi Tadka Indian Cuisine
3780 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-475-5955

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Indian, Oldsmar
  • For dinner tonight we went over to Bawarshi Indian Cuisine on Hwy 19. It wasn’t very crowded and our food came out pretty quick.  I went for my tried & true butter chicken and Loren tried the chicken curry.

    He got his medium spicy and it had some kick to it.  He liked the flavors in the dish.  Mine was just yummy.  The creamy tomato sauce just has amazing flavors, plus I love dipping the garlic naan in it too.  I have to swat Loren’s hand away when he tries to dip his naan in my tomatoey sauce.  Total bill was $33

    Bawarchi Indian Cuisine
    34832 US Hwy 19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-789-9760

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    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.8/5
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  • Filed under: Indian, Palm Harbor
  • Most restaurants are pretty crazy on Saturday nights, but we ended up at Deeya Indian Cuisine in Clearwater and it wasn’t very busy tonight.  Actually, the front room was full, so we ended up by ourselves in the back room for a nice peaceful dinner.

    We started out with some keema samosas and Loren also got some chicken soup.

    The samosas were pretty tasty.  Just a bit of spice with a nice crunchy exterior.  I like to use the sweet dipping sauce from the papadum with it.

    The chicken soup had a bit of kick to it.  I also ordered a cucumber salad, but that didn’t show up until much later in the meal.  For our entrees, I went with my usual butter chicken.  I’ve found something I like and just refuse to get anything different.

    It just has that perfect balance of flavor and spice.  The chicken was very tender, though it was in some rather large chunks.  Loren was the adventurous one tonight and ordered the Bhindi Masala.  It’s a spiced okra dish.

    He enjoyed it.  It wasn’t overly spicy, but had an interesting texture and flavor.  My cucumber salad finally showed up after we got our entrees.

    For something so simple, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a little bit of lettuce, it was actually a nice pairing with the spiciness of our entrees.  It was lightly dressed and well seasoned.  Service tonight wasn’t great.  Our server was nice, but not exactly on the ball.  Total bill with a drink was $50.

    Deeya Indian Cuisine
    5166 East Bay Drive
    Largo, FL
    727-539-0273

    Deeya Indian Cuisine on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.1/5
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  • Went over to Laziz Indian Cuisine for dinner tonight.  There wasn’t any other customers when we got there, but it filled up pretty quickly.  I’m not adventurous when it comes to Indian food and Loren wanted something he knew he liked, so we ended up with the Chicken Makhani and the Chicken Jalfrezi plus some garlic Naan bread.

    I always think I’m going to have leftovers, but I never do.  Loren took some of his home though.   The food here has wonderful flavors.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Laziz Indian Cuisine
    2475 N McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-797-7541

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Not the Same


    I’d read that 5th Element Indian Cuisine had new owners and it was very apparent on our visit tonight.  One of the things I really liked about this restaurant was the service and friendliness of the owners.  Unfortunately, those attributes have not followed through with the new ownership.

    We ordered the chicken makhani, chicken jalfrezi and some garlic naan.

    The chicken makhani had a few too many inedible chicken parts, but otherwise the flavor was good.  Loren liked the chicken jalfrezi but kept dipping his naan bread into my makhani sauce.   Service was just poor in the restaurant tonight.  We waited a long time for the waiter to come take our order and then there just wasn’t any follow up afterward.  Total bill was $31.

    5th Element Taste of India
    3780 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 475-5955

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    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Indian, Oldsmar