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Green Leaf Indian Cuisine-- Durham, NC


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Green Leaf Indian Cuisine-- Durham, NC

bbqme | Apr 1, 2009 10:50 AM

As mentioned elsewhere, this is the new restaurant that has opened in the old, short-lived Taste of India location, off of University Dr. next to Auto Zone and behind Super Target.

Went for lunch today with my wife and this place is fantastic! The chef is from Tamil Nadu region of India so his spicing defnitely has a South Indian hand. I had the non veg kal dosa and my wife had the veg kal dosa. Kal dosa is thicker than a traditional dosa, which is more crepe like, whereas as the kal dosa is more like a crispy flat pancake. The chef's choice meat for my dish turned out to be chicken chettinad and it was very delicious. My wife's veg dish turned out to be a spicier version of navratan korma, creamy, slightly sweet from the veggies and lovely fragrance of warm spices. The best thing about this place is the curries tasted very different from each other. The name of the restaurant may imply they are vegetarian and that may be their bent given they are South Indian but there are plenty of non veg dishes, which I think sets it apart from other good South Indian joints in the area like Udipi Cafe and Tower. I also liked that they offered a wide variety of dishes, not just the typical tandoori, tikka malasa, etc., of other Indian places. This has been a constant lament of mine. The service is very friendly. Anand and Stalin (yes, that's his name and he's proud of it) are generous and friendly characters. Lastly, the prices are reasonable-- much better than Saffron, my current reigning Indian restaurant champion. I am already willing to call this place one of the best Indian restaurants in the Triangle and if the same quality and experience follows after the next few visits I am already leaning towards naming this place the best Indian restaurant in the Triangle, IMO of course. I know it's been just one meal but being of Indian origin, growing up eating Indian food daily, and having eaten in countless Indian restaurants in the US and Europe I know good Indian food when I eat it.

And no, I have no affiliation with these folks. I am just trying my best to get the word out because this place needs to survive.

Oh, and while they have a lunch and dinner buffet, I really encourage you to order off the menu. I think it's far more interesting and likely of better quality.

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