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Moksha Kitchen

Confession: Indian food isn’t a cuisine that comes to mind when I’m hungry. That’s because I have never found truly good Indian food in the city that will not gross you out or break the bank. Most places I’ve encountered have buffet service that are gross — the place is dirty and dank, and the food is never good. But I do love naan bread (or any bread for that matter) so my quest never stops. Three years ago, I found the best Indian food in the city. It’s at a place called Moksha Indian Cuisine in Roswell. The place is classy and clean and the food, well, it was the best Indian food ever. Unfortunately, as all good things come to an end, it ended up closing. It was not because of lack of customers or bad food, but because the road where it sits had to undergo a major construction that lasted forever. No one could get to their parking lot unless you make two u-turns on a very busy street where traffic is horrendous.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)
Paper plates and full service lunch from when they just opened

Last December, I was driving through Peachtree Industrial Blvd and lo and behold, a familiar sign caught my eye. I went by almost everyday to see when it would open. I came in on opening week and although the interior space hasn’t been completed yet, the food was the same outstanding food that only this place is capable of making. During that time, it was so bare bones that dishes were being served on paper plates and the floor was still bare concrete. Still, the food was unbelievably good. And it only makes sense, after all, this place is pedigreed — Udipi Cafe (home of the famous thalis) is a sister restaurant!

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

This month, they started doing a buffet lunch that includes Saturdays. This isn’t the usual gross Indian buffet lunches you’ve come to know. This is the ONLY Indian buffet lunch you need to know. First, the place is classy and super clean. There are no sticky booths or icky serving utensils you’d be afraid to touch; or dank carpet you don’t want even your dirty sneakers to walk on. Second, food is delicious. I have no other words except this is the best Indian food in Georgia. Third, the naan. You will never find a better naan. Ever.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

While you can only expect the usual Northern Indian fare during lunch, they do change it up a bit daily so you won’t see identical dishes everyday. The tandoori chicken is moist and very tender; not dried out and tough. The butter chicken has a creamy sauce that you’d want to slurp or pour over your rice. The chicken curry will blow you away — there aren’t any boneless pieces which is the very reason it’s good. After all, stews with bony pieces are always far excellent in taste than those without. The saag paneer is the real thing. There are no tofu cubes parading as paneer cheese. You won’t find massive quantities of dishes where everything tastes the same. Instead, each dish is carefully prepared with quality ingredients and has its own distinct taste. You won’t find a better tasting Indian food anywhere.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Now let me tell you about the naan. This is the best naan you will ever have. Soft, pillowy, yeasty, and buttery. Trust me, a basket is not enough; you’ll be asking for more. I do.

For $10, this is the best Indian lunch buffet money can buy. Dinner time is when they get creative with notable Kerala cuisine such as Chicken Kheema (ground chicken cooked in garlic and spices and reduced until the sauce has bold flavors), Fish Malabar (fish in coconut milk and tamarind masala sauce), and Bagara Baingan (an eggplant dish in a garlicky/gingery curry sauce), just to name a few. Entreés start at $10 for dinner.

You will always see an Indian lunch buffet in every strip mall in every corner but you won’t see the quality and the superb taste of the dishes here. Now go and eat good Indian food for a change.

Moksha Kitchen
3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 473-9288

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BHFM Food Court

At last, the long-awaited food court finally opened earlier this year. I had high hopes, thinking it would be as awesome as the one in Your Dekalb Farmers Market or Great Wall in Duluth or Assi Plaza in both Duluth and Suwannee or even Super H. But, alas, such is not the case here.

Food Court at BHFM

Food Court at BHFM

Food Court at BHFM

The food court is in its early stages. I see considerable space for expansion where other stalls can be rented out. For now, there are only three spots to eat from. The main one is the cafeteria-style food stall. They have Eastern European dishes as well as Korean, Southern, Indian, and Hispanic. The food is ok. They’re not as delicious as YDFM where every single item is amazing. It’s just passable here.

One of the stalls is the Delimanjoo joint. It’s those yummy creme-filled tiny doughnuts baked in the premises. It was a mainstay from the snack bar that was around since the market opened. These has been my favorite for many, many years. (Sorry, no photo.)

Food Court at BHFM

Food Court at BHFM

Food Court at BHFM

Food Court at BHFM

The other stall is a Creperie. They’re exactly like the ones on the streets in Europe. They have both sweet and savory flavors.

Food Court at BHFM

Everything here is take-out only. There’s a huge eating area right outside the cashier stand if you want to eat before you leave. The cafeteria food is sold by weight. The other stalls sell per item. Be careful with the amount of your selection. My tiny lunch, crepe, and a bottle of soda came to close to $20. That’s highway robbery! You could go to a nice sit-down meal at a nice restaurant for less than that. Consider yourselves warned.

Food Court at Buford Highway Farmers Market (BHFM)
5600 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 455-0770

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Tandoor Restaurant

Tandoor (Marietta)

This place has been around for a while, in fact, I’ve already written about it three years ago. But I was in the area this past weekend and decided to grab a quick lunch and take a friend who loves Indian/Pakistani food. Well, I was surprised at what I saw inside: they had a face lift!!! Seriously, this place used to be… um, for lack of a better term, a dump. The floors were sticky, the Asian cafeteria-style ambiance matched the cheap tables and pink vinyl-cushioned chairs, and the decor was non-existent.

Tandoor (Marietta)

Tandoor (Marietta)

Tandoor (Marietta)

See now? Fancy!!!

Tandoor (Marietta)

Everything else remains the same. You order from the counter, wait exactly 20 minutes for your food to be ready (longer if there are more people), grab your plastic utensils and drinks from the station around the corner, eat, then pay when you’re finished. This place still has the best tandoori chicken in the entire state. Best. So awesome. So delicious. So tender. Tasty to the bone.

Tandoor (Marietta)
Butter Chicken and Beef Curry

Tandoor (Marietta)
Beef Curry and Chicken Curry

Tandoor (Marietta)
Naan

Definitely still the best Indian/Pakistani food anywhere. Now if they’d only serve on real plates and silverware…

Haven’t been? Such a shame. Go, go, go. Now!

Tandoor Restaurant
279 Powers Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 560-2038

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Cardamom Hill

The road to Cardamom Hill started with a supper club: Spice Route. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this monthly event (see my good friend Jimmy’s pictures here) but sadly, I never went. Part of the reason is that I’m a full-fledged carnivore and vegetarian meals just don’t interest me at all. Enter Atlanta Food & Wine Festival where I finally got a chance to sample Chef Asha’s food. Two words: FRIED CHICKEN.

Cardamom HIll

Yesterday was Cardamom Hill’s first day of business. I knew dinner was gonna be a crazy time to go, what with all the buzz they’re getting lately so we went for lunch instead. According to our server, there were only two types of meals available that day: vegetable korma and chicken curry. I chose the chicken curry. Of course. The thali (think of it as a bento box) consisted of the main dish, lentil soup, cucumber-fruit salad, and rice pilau. The chicken curry, simmered for five days, has a depth of flavor you won’t find in many Indian places. The salad had a mild lemony vinaigrette that was very refreshing. The pilau was to-die-for with slivers of green beans and golden raisins. The lentil soup was hearty and delicious. The price tag? $14.

Cardamom HIll

Every meal is punctuated with their piping hot, homemade chai tea. It’s the best chai tea I’ve ever had. And comes with a pizelle that is specially made for them.

Remember the fried chicken I mentioned earlier? Come to find out they do have it but we were already pressed for time to get a third meal. So we had to content ourselves with a tiny taste. This CRACK CHICKEN is a must eat when you go here. Must. The meat is so tender and juicy. The skin is thin, crispy, and crunchy. There’s a slight, slight hint of curry among the spices used. Believe me, it’s insanely delicious.

I went opening day. Aside from the technical issues with their computer system, they looked like they’ve been around a while. Food is on the pricey side but very good nonetheless. Go try it.

Full Disclosure. They were having first day jitters — the card machine kept acting up. They offered to comp our meals. Twice. We graciously refused. Twice. Fortunately, their system finally went back up after trying numerous times. Our meals were paid in full, tip included. Cliff Bostock says he wasn’t as lucky.

Cardamom Hill

1700 Northside Drive
Suite A-5
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 549-7012

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Spice it up: Planet Bombay

Planet Bombay

One thing you must eat at this Little 5 Points institution: garlic fried rice. It goes so well with their curry dishes.

Planet Bombay

I also love the naan here. They’re buttery, yeasty, and has just the right amount of char. Believe me when I say I eat two orders of it all by myself. P.S. The garlic naan is sooooo good.

Planet Bombay

The menu here is all over the place, having both South and North dishes, with not one particular specialty. Taste-wise, they’re pretty good — as good as any Indian in town can be — but with fresh, quality ingredients to compensate. Case in point, they use real paneer in their Saag Paneer (though, the one at Tandoor blows everyone away). Their creamy curries are respectable but lack the appropriate heat I long for when spicy curry cravings hit. Still, it’s worth a try. Other notables include the creamy Chicken Tikka Masala and the über tender and moist Tandoori Chicken.

Planet Bombay

Can’t decide what to get? Go for the set dinner menu ($19.99 for one person) with its assortment of dishes.

More pictures here.

Planet Bombay
451 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-0005

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