Kohinoor
AddressThe Village Shoppes
249 W. State Road 436
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-788-6004
Price$$$

Named for one of the Crown Jewels, Kohinoor is indeed a gem. The lamb korma was wonderful. The yellow sauce was smooth and creamy and coated the tender bite-sized chunks of lamb. It was great spooned over a mound of fluffy basmati rice.

The vegetable biryani, a rice dish, was chock-full of such veggies as broccoli, cauliflower and green peas, plus some cashews and raisins. It was an ample and filling vegetarian alternative.

The naan, a thick, slightly leavened bread, was delicious.

The dining room is showing some signs of age and could use some updating, but the staff remains as friendly as ever.

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Moghul Indian Cuisine
Address401 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-599-9001
Price$$
Scott's Review

The word Moghul refers to a member of the Muslim dynasty from Mongol that ruled India until the 19th century. Mughlai cuisine influenced much of what we recognize as typical in most Indian restaurants in America, so you probably won’t see much that will be unfamiliar.

Kofta is a typical Muglai dish, and the malai kofta was the best item I sampled at Moghul. Kofta are, simply, meatballs, but this was a vegetarian dish with meatless balls  fashioned out of paneer, a housemade cheese. The meatballs, deceptively described on the menu as croquettes, had a firm but giving texture, and the creamy sauce, flavored with cumin, coriander and garam masala, was multilayered with flavors. It was good with the basmati rice but even better with the paneer naan.

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Mynt
Address535 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-636-7055
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mynt has moved into the Hannibal Square neighborhood, and just like its similarly spelled namesake, it's a refreshing addition. It took over the space that was previously occupied by Fresh Cafe. I've always liked the intimacy of this place — it can feel like one of the small restaurants in Brooklyn or the West Village. But Mynt's owner, Sunny Corda, has also reopened the upstairs dining area, where there is a bar, which adds more seating while still maintaining the cozy atmosphere. Corda also owns Saffron on Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row. But even though both restaurants are Indian, Mynt is quite a bit different. Mynt takes a fresher and more healthful approach to its food. In fact, it uses no ghee, the type of clarified butter that is somewhat of a staple in Indian food. Instead, Corda told me, the kitchen uses more olive oil in the recipes.... Read more
Saffron Indian Cuisine
Address7724 W. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-674-8899
Price$$
Scott's Review

I was first heartened that this was going to be a good situation when my lunch companion ordered the chicken vindaloo and the server did not ask if he wanted it mild, medium or hot, as the servers in too many Indian restaurants do. Some dishes supposed to be hot and some should be mild.

That said, the only odd thing about our respective dishes is that the “medium” chana masala was spicier than the “hot” chicken vindaloo, though neither was scorch the earth hot. But both were good. The gravies were thick and the seasonings were layered rather than jumbled. The vindaloo was a classic goan style curry with subtle sweet notes hidden behind the fire. The chana masala, a vegetarian dish with chickpeas as the main ingredient, featured a red-tinged brown curry with onions, ginger and coriander, among myriad other ingredients.

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Sanaa at Kidani Village
AddressDisney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The menu is African with Indian influences, but not to the point of excluding beef or pork. Look for those touches in the spicing. The food may be a bit more exotic than most people are willing to try, but it's almost all done expertly. And you can't beat the atmosphere, with a ground-level view of the grazing area where you're likely to see giraffes galloping by.... Read more
Shaan Indian Restaurant
Address4405 W Lake Mary Blvd
CityLake Mary
Phone407-444-2727
Price$$
Scott's Review
I’ve had enough negative experiences with Lake Mary Indian restaurants that having a mediocre one seems a move in the right direction. A recent meal at Shaan was no more nor less than that. It manages somehow to take one of the world’s most complicated cuisines, one that is characterized by myriad spices, multilayered and complex, and turn it into an offering so bland that Darden could market it to the masses.... Read more
Southern Spice
Address7637 Turkey Lake Road
CityOrlnado
Phone321-251-2244
Price$$
Scott's Review
A Restaurant Row newcomer in Bay Hill Plaza, this restaurant specializes in (mostly) south India cuisine. Vegetarian dishes are especially good, though the goat biriyani is pretty tasty, too.... Read more
Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Address501 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-207-0760
Price$$
Scott's Review

Tamarind brings fine Indian cuisine to an area of town that could use some diversification. The main menu is extensive, with categories of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrees as well as a selection of tandoori items and dosas. The lunch menu has a fraction of the items found on the dinner menu, which was disappointing at first -- I wish I had had more options, especially in terms of soups and appetizers, which are essentially nonexistent at lunchtime, a samosa being the only exception.

But everything I sampled was wonderful, and service was warm and gracious.

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