I've been eating Indian food since 1968 when I met many Indians while working in New York. While I'm no expert on Indian food, I know what I like and what I don't like when I eat it. I don't like "muddy" flavors in Indian food, which I describe as having too many spices that don't marry well together so that no specific flavors stand out. I also don't like Indian food that's been sitting around for days and days. What I do like about Indian food is that when it's good, it's very very good. It totally inspires me and takes me off to a distant time and place! It's my favorite cuisine, bar none.
That said, enter Khana Kh'Zana, which is located just beyond University Drive on Sample Road in Coral Springs. (10345 Sample Road, Coral Springs, Tel: 954-227-9344, www.khana-khzana.com). OMG! My husband and I dined there for the first time last night and we felt like we'd died and gone straight to culinary heaven. We tried fairly typical dishes...Chicken Tikka Masala (I know that this dish isn't actually Indian) Lamb Madras and Palak Paneer. We also ordered two garlic naan breads.
These lovely people don't overcharge for their food and are SOOOOO generous in their portions. We couldn't begin to finish any of the dishes we ordered and brought home more leftovers than we ate! The meat dishes have so many chunks of meat, we were amazed. They season their food correctly. Flavors aren't muddy, and each dish tastes very fresh with generous sprinklings of coriander leaves that also lend a nice fresh taste. The bread was fresh and delicious. We didn't even manage to finish the first order of bread!
The people here are so incredibly delightful. It is clearly their great pleasure to make you happy when you eat there. The owner's name is Arun. He's a peach! His son, whose name I didn't get and a lovely Colombian lady also work there, in addition to another woman in the kitchen. The only drawback is their use of plastic eating utensils and styrofoam plates and bowls (and aluminum take out dishes for serving). While there are only five tables, many enthusiastic diners eat in, this place is clearly great for take out. I plan to call in my orders and then drive there - it's about 10-15 minutes from our home in Pompano Beach.
After last night, this is definitely the beginning of a long and lovely culinary friendship.
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