513 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa
Tucked on the block that is increasingly a "restaurant row," it's a great space with a full bar and attractive, 120-seat dining room. Begin with an Indian-inspired cocktail (they've got a mango lassi with Grey Goose that is a savvy invention), then it's time to carbo load with garlic naan, spicy lentil pappadam and an order of clove basmati rice. Around these dishes crowd a chickpea chana masala sweet-tangy with tamarind and tomato, seriously spicy lamb vindaloo with tender meat and hunks of potato and an order of turmeric-tinged potato cauliflower curry. Portions aren't vast, but prices are exceedingly reasonable (no buffet).
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.