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Lucky South Austinites: Asiana

slowcoooked | Mar 29, 201211:17 AM

Hit up the Asiana Indian food joint on the west corner of Ben White and 35 today for the lunch buffet and must say I loved it and it just might be my new favorite if the second visit turns out as wonderful as the first. It was a big surprise treat. I found out from over on Yelp that the owner is a former owner of Chola's, one of my favorites in the area but it's far for a work lunch. Inside Asiana is clean and simple with seating for I'd guess 60. The fare is mostly south Indian but they serve a flavorful and more peppery than average Chicken Tikka Makhani. The Naan was excellent and tender with just the right amount of burnt edge. The chutneys (cilantro, coconut, a red hot one, and lemon pickle, and the Raita, were all excellent. The pakoras were light and good and ungreasy. The chicken curry was brown, rich with ginger and chilli and thin like soup with chunks of chicken breast. That was my favorite. The sambar was lovely. They'll give you dosas if you ask, for free apparently. The saag paneer is like Chola's to a tee, and is the best version I've had in the USA. They had a great green bean dish with onions and these small tan seeds or nuts or legumes of some type that added a lovely crunch - Sarovar does a version of that dish too. It was fantastic, but less spicy and significantly less oily than sarovar's. The desserts were a standard but delish rice / vermicelli pudding (more like a soup) and a very good gulab jamun. The tandoori chicken was comparable to other places in town. MENU: http://www.asianaindiancuisine.com/me...

Two months into business they're putting out great food. Much less greasy on average than Sarovar and Chola's. None of their dishes felt heavy and none had floating oil in the pan. And after eating a pretty solid two full plates of food, I feel like working instead of sleeping. bonus. On the weekends they have several additional dishes e.g. Chicken Chettinad that I'm really excited to try.

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