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We went to the 9am IMAX showing of Iron Man 2 this morning (good movie) and needed a place to go for lunch that we hoped wouldn’t be too crowded since it was Mother’s Day.  We hopped out on 19 and headed north.  I remembered seeing an Indian restaurant when we went to Aunt Chilada’s the other night and they had just opened up for lunch when we got there.

We were the first customers of the day at Bawarchi and went for the lunch buffet.  This is only the 2nd time we’ve eaten Indian food, so the buffet gave us a chance to try a bunch of different dishes.

Loren and I tried a little bit of everything including Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Tandoori, Goat Curry, Bombay Aloo, Chicken Madras, Channa Masala, Novrattan Korma, Daal Makhani,  Vegetable Samosa, Gulab Jamun, and Naan bread.

The Naan bread was really good and buttery.  Everything else was fresh and had some interesting flavors.  Nothing was overly spicy, but for the rest of the day, I did feel a warmth in my throat.  There’s some spice in Indian food that just sticks with me. 

For $25, the buffet was a great way for us to get more familiar with different Indian dishes. 

34832 US Hwy 19
Palm Harbor, FL

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  • Looking for somewhere different to eat for dinner tonight, Loren suggested Indian food.  Neither of us had been to an Indian restaurant before, but the reviews for Laziz Indian Cuisine were good, so we gave it a try.  I was skeptical, thinking the food was going to be very spicy, but surprisingly, the two dishes we got were rather mild.

    They brought a basket to the table to start off.

    I don’t know what it was, sort of a crispy tortilla with a tomato/onion salsa.  Seems so wrong to describe this like a Mexican dish, but I don’t know how else to describe it.  Loren liked it.  I thought the tortilla had a dark flavor to it that I just didn’t like.   We thought the tomato mixture had peppers in it, but was actually just tomatoes, onions, and spices. 

    We ordered some garlic naan bread with a side of cucumber raita, which was like a Greek tzatziki sauce.

    The naan bread had a wonderful texture and there was a lot of it.  It was soft with a nice touch of garlic.  The cucumber sauce was a very thin sauce, not thick like you find in a Greek restaurant, but very good with the bread.

    For our entrees, I ordered the shrimp Makhani and Loren ordered the chicken Jalfrezi, both came with basmati rice.

    I ordered mine mild and Loren ordered his medium spicy.  Neither were very spicy at all, but both had very deep, rich complex flavors.   When Loren mentioned his wasn’t very spicy, they brought him a container of spicy sauce.  He really enjoyed the flavor combinations. 

    The tomato cream sauce on mine was thick and rich and perfectly matched  with the shrimp and rice.  Normally Loren doesn’t like a sauce like that, but he kept dipping the naan bread in it.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it had cilantro sprinkled on it and the cilantro flavor was overwhelming at times.

    Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal.  The service was very good and they explained a lot of the flavor profiles to us.  We’d definitely go back and try some other dishes.  They recommended we come for the lunch buffet in order to try several different things at one time.

    Total bill was $37 and we both left with happy taste buds and full bellies. 

    Laziz Indian Cuisine
    2475 N McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Indian