8300 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Sam Kumar had four restaurants in his native Sydney, Australia, before he found himself heading over the Sunshine Skyway feeling like he was home. He relocated to Florida and opened Gateway to India on Hillview Street in Sarasota five years ago. Unlike a lot of Indian restaurants in the area, the spot was atmospheric and a bit hip, with a lively soundtrack (sometimes Bollywood, sometimes American pop), lavish tapestries draped from the ceiling and moody twinkling chandeliers. And in 2013 he replicated the concept on Bay Pines: cozy and sumptuously decorated, again with the hip soundtrack, and a nearly identical menu to its elder sibling an hour south. There’s a lunchtime buffet, more lavish on the weekends, but a la carte options give the full range of familiar dishes from tikka masala to lamb vindaloo and a range of tandoor goodies.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
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