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New additional places to get Indian food near KOP in 2011

FelafelBoy | Feb 4, 201112:14 AM

Two relatively new places to get Indian goods within fifteen minutes of KOP.

There is another Indian grocery store in the small plaza that features Subway and Genuardis among other stores. I don't recall the name of the store, but inside there are a few tables to eat when ordering from the menu labeled "Apna Kitchen - Eat In and Take Out". I have yet to go there when there has been food in the trays - apparently in place for the future lunch buffet which the owner told me he is contemplating setting up. The store has a very large takeout menu.

The grocery store is located on Audubon Village Drive in Audubon, PA and has been there, I believe, since 2010. I had seen no ads for its takeout restaurant.

The big news is that a new Indian restaurant, called "Spice Kitchen," which recently opened up on Ridge Pike near Park Ave. in Trooper/Eagleville in the plaza anchored by the large ACME supermarket. I don't know when it opened - I became aware of it by way of an ad in Clipper magazine. It features daily lunch buffets with the normal variety of foods one might expect - a small salad section, various vegetarian entrees, a few chicken dishes, rice, naan brought to the table, soup, and from what I saw at a quick glance, two desserts (kheer and carrot halwa). The restaurant is very attractively and warmly furnished. Since I have not eaten any of the food I can only comment on the selection displayed and the appearance of it (appeared more home cooked style of a Bawarchi or Royal India than that of Taste of India which tends to feature more sauce and oil saturated style dishes).

Except for the presence of Dosa Hut in Eagleville, this area (Eagleville/Trooper/Audubon) has been in need of a more traditional style Indian restaurant, given the many grocery stores catering to Indian tastes as well as the Indian population out here, not to mention those of us who simply enjoy authentic Indian food as an alternative to the many steak houses and franchise places that feature a more traditional American menu of foods. The Trooper area provides a good alternative to the relatively homogenous restaurant styles in the King of Prussia area (other than what's in the mall) - I don't know why the KOP area can't duplicate the International variety of restaurants found in the Great Valley area rather than adding more high end steak houses.

I think Spice Kitchen will be a good alternative to Desi Village in King of Prussia as an attractive restaurant to go to for good Indian food and good ambience (I have not eaten there but have high hopes for the place!) as an alternative to the various places located in Wayne and Malvern for suburbanites in this area.

Will review at a future time when I eat at these places! I hope someone else reviews them sooner.

(Edited by me just after the initial post ... After I submitted the post, I saw that Chowhound had automatically added an ad for one of the restaurants (TOI) IN MY POST as well as a large map displayed in the large right section of the web window page for getting to the restaurant. I understand that ads support free use of this message board, but the main problem here is that the restaurant listed is not the one I was referring to - the right name but the wrong state. I guess that of all the restaurants listed in the post, the Chowhound software picked the one restaurant that had paid to be ad listed. It's been some time since I have used this board, and I have just experienced a little bit of how this revenue based model works.)

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