Indian Flavors Restaurant
3930 Meridian St., Suite 107
Every day 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
I love East Indian food -- chana saag, chicken vindaloo, mulligatawny, raita -- so I tend to keep my eyes open for new places to get it. When I pulled off the Guide into the Circuit City parking lot, I had a dilemma. I had already taken a few steps toward the electronics store when I spied the sign for Indian food out of the corner of my eye. I weighed my options for a heartbeat or two, and decided to blow off my errand in favor of Indian Flavors.
Indian Flavors is cozy, but nevertheless feels spacious. Its mirrored walls are spotless - as is every other corner of the place - and make it impossible to feel anything close to claustrophobic. The staff reinforces these themes by being warm, friendly and attentive, but without hovering. The menu had all my standard favorites, as well a few interesting and flavorful things I’d never tried before (try the coconut and tomato soup flavored with cardamom). Though many of the items on the lunch buffet were on the spicy side (good for me, but not so much for my kids), there was plenty of plain rice and naan to counter the heat. They also cheerfully offered to prepare something special for the kids if we needed it.
A good staff, good food and clean, well-kept surroundings would be enough to recommend Indian Flavors to me, but the place also has a somewhat eccentric charm in the form of two, flat-screen televisions, tucked unobtrusively into opposite corners of the room. That’s right -- instead of simply playing Indian music in the background, Indian Flavors shows Bollywood music videos. It’s very entertaining to sit with a belly full of good Indian food, sipping Chai tea and trying to make up plots to go along with a Bollywood video. Who is the handsome man gazing at the lovely woman? Why does she look away? Now she flirts, hiding her smile behind a fold of her sari. The scene is intimate, the man smiles confidently at the lovely woman and…suddenly, one dozen back-up dancers hop in to join him, and they begin a dance routine that reminds me a little of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller".
Heading north on Meridian toward Bellis Fair, take a right into the Circuit City/Ross parking lot. Indian Flavors is between those two stores.
Kid Friendly | Beer and Wine | Delivery | Dinner | Full Bar | Lunch | Smoke-free | Take-Out | Wheelchair Accessible
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