Aashirwad Indian Cuisine – International Drive

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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.
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The samosas ($4.45) are good, not bad but not the greatest ever.
The potatoe and veggie fillings are fresh.

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Aashirwad Mixed Platter ($10.95) : assortment of vegetable pakora, samosa, chicken tikka and seekh kabab not worth the price tag though.

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Delightful toasty, fluffy naan ($1.75) bread.

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The garlic naan ($2.95), it had a strong garlic kick.

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Chicken Tikka Masala ($13.95) – delicious chicken in a thick, rich masala tomato-based sauce

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Chicken curry ($11.95) – Boneless pieces of chicken breast cooked with onion, ginger, tomatoes and spices

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Tandoori Chicken ($13.95) – Spring chicken marinated in yogurt, spices and roasted in the clay oven

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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.

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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!!!

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