Aashirwad Indian Cuisine – International Drive
Aashirwad Indian Cuisine
is located in a small strip plaza on the corner of International Drive and Kirkman road just down the street from Wet N Wild. Yes it is a bit hard to pronounce, but no denying it is a great place to eat at especially if you want to go for their lunch buffet which is a great deal.
This time, we are headed to Aashirwad, recommended by our guest Donatello N., for dinner. Although it was delicious we all agreed that lunch is a much better deal as dinner is a bit pricey for what you get.
Service here is fine, attentative with the servers dropping by once in a while to refill our drinks. Our party of 8 is seated quickly and comfortably in the middle of the dimly lit dining room, accented by dark wood touches. We begin by ordering our appetizers:
First, we had the traditional samosas, the vegetables and potato-stuffed and fried puffs. From egg rolls to empanadas to samosas, it seems every culture has their own versions of vegetable or meat filled patties wrapped and lightly fried.
The samosas ($4.45) are good, not bad but not the greatest ever.
The potatoe and veggie fillings are fresh.
Aashirwad Mixed Platter ($10.95) : assortment of vegetable pakora, samosa, chicken tikka and seekh kabab not worth the price tag though.
Delightful toasty, fluffy naan ($1.75) bread.
The garlic naan ($2.95), it had a strong garlic kick.
Chicken Tikka Masala ($13.95) – delicious chicken in a thick, rich masala tomato-based sauce
Chicken curry ($11.95) – Boneless pieces of chicken breast cooked with onion, ginger, tomatoes and spices
Tandoori Chicken ($13.95) – Spring chicken marinated in yogurt, spices and roasted in the clay oven
The tandoori chicken was the best I ever had, fresh and succulent, juicy and tender, flavored with spices and still sizzling from the oven bake.
Vegetable biryani ($10.95) – fried rice with vegetables, a bit bland
The food at Aashirwad was excellent and cooked with tender care. However the portions are a bit disappointing from what we paid compared to what we had on the table. We actually had to order a 2nd round of everything just to satiate our palates. The buffet is a much better option, under $10.00 and unlimited naan, chicken, everything. NOM NOM NOM
Tasty Chomps rating!!!
3.5 out of 5 Tasty Chomps!!!