Unique Indian Cuisine

★★★☆☆

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We had driven by several times and always found the restaurant empty so it scared us off. This time we decided to be brave and ventured in.

Food: Chicken - (avg price $13 for an entree enough for two light eaters or to share. Comes with rice, but breads have to be ordered separately and are priced at $2.50 to $4.)The chicken was flavorful and contained white-meat chunks of juicy, not gamey chicken. Chicken tikka masala was good. Flavors were subtle and they asked whether we wanted it mild, med or hot.

IN the vegetarian dishes, the spinach and cheese was creamy and tasty. Priced at $8 to $10, they seemed reasonable and quantity was similar to the chicken entree. They didn't just use a packet of creamed spinach and gave it a whirl with spices, which is what a restaurant across the street does. This was spinach the way homemade north-Indian/punjabi spinach and cottage cheese (known as palak paneer or sag paneer ) usually is. It tasted buttery but wasn't just chock-full of cream.

Service was good especially since the restaurant was totally empty. :)

Nans were crispy, flavorful and MUCH better than their competitor located on Cumberland Pkway (Swapna) whose naan's are terrible, bland pieces of dough. The rice that accompanied the chicken entree was very so-so, but then we didn't try the *biryani yet to be able to comment further.
(*Biriyani/Biryani - sumptuous, aromatic rice pilaf style entree, generally slow cooked with lots of spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, bay leaves, sometimes saffron, and either lamb, chicken or vegetables).

Overall, a satisfying meal even if they lacked in ambience and personality. Will go back and try other stuff and report back.

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★★★☆☆

We had driven by several times and always found the restaurant empty so it scared us off. This time we decided to be brave and ventured in.

Food: Chicken - (avg price $13 for an entree enough for two light eaters or to share. Comes with rice, but breads have to be ordered separately and are priced at $2.50 to $4.)The chicken was flavorful and contained white-meat chunks of juicy, not gamey chicken. Chicken tikka masala was good. Flavors were subtle and they asked whether we wanted it mild, med or hot.

IN the vegetarian dishes, the spinach and cheese was creamy and tasty. Priced at $8 to $10, they seemed reasonable and quantity was similar to the chicken entree. They didn't just use a packet of creamed spinach and gave it a whirl with spices, which is what a restaurant across the street does. This was spinach the way homemade north-Indian/punjabi spinach and cottage cheese (known as palak paneer or sag paneer ) usually is. It tasted buttery but wasn't just chock-full of cream.

Service was good especially since the restaurant was totally empty. :)

Nans were crispy, flavorful and MUCH better than their competitor located on Cumberland Pkway (Swapna) whose naan's are terrible, bland pieces of dough. The rice that accompanied the chicken entree was very so-so, but then we didn't try the *biryani yet to be able to comment further.
(*Biriyani/Biryani - sumptuous, aromatic rice pilaf style entree, generally slow cooked with lots of spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, bay leaves, sometimes saffron, and either lamb, chicken or vegetables).

Overall, a satisfying meal even if they lacked in ambience and personality. Will go back and try other stuff and report back.

Pros: Decent food, crisp nan & parathas; polite server

Cons: Lack Ambience

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I have never eaten Indian Food, but my friend was going on and on about it. She told me about Unique Indian Cuisine in Smyrna, luckily I work by there, so I decided to give it a shot. The place looked nice and the aroma of Indian Food actually made me hungry! Considering it was my first time, I was happy to see a buffett giving ME the option to pick what I wanted. To my surprise I was undoubtedly HAPPY with what I picked and my co-worker LOVE IT too! From now on, this will be Me and my girlfriend's Indian Spot. I hope to see you Indian food lovers there!

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★★★★★

I have never eaten Indian Food, but my friend was going on and on about it. She told me about Unique Indian Cuisine in Smyrna, luckily I work by there, so I decided to give it a shot. The place looked nice and the aroma of Indian Food actually made me hungry! Considering it was my first time, I was happy to see a buffett giving ME the option to pick what I wanted. To my surprise I was undoubtedly HAPPY with what I picked and my co-worker LOVE IT too! From now on, this will be Me and my girlfriend's Indian Spot. I hope to see you Indian food lovers there!

Pros: Big Buffett

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Unique Indian Cuisine is in my neighborhood and I love it so much that I actually crave their food, especially the saag paneer (curried spinach with cheese) and the masala naan (veggie stuffed bread). The family who operates the restaurant is always courteous and friendly and the food is always phenomenal. The decor could use a makeover, as the dining room is a little too open for my taste - I'd give it only two stars for ambiance,... but I always feel like someone's grandmother just cooked a five-star meal for me (well, actually, the grandmother is the head chef, I think). Don't pass this one up!

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★★★★★

Unique Indian Cuisine is in my neighborhood and I love it so much that I actually crave their food, especially the saag paneer (curried spinach with cheese) and the masala naan (veggie stuffed bread). The family who operates the restaurant is always courteous and friendly and the food is always phenomenal. The decor could use a makeover, as the dining room is a little too open for my taste - I'd give it only two stars for ambiance,... but I always feel like someone's grandmother just cooked a five-star meal for me (well, actually, the grandmother is the head chef, I think). Don't pass this one up!

Pros: the food, the service

Cons: decor

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I'd agree with the other review: this place isn't the most appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. Still, despite being empty the place wasn't half bad on a recent lunch visit. Fresh, hot and buttery naan, a decent saag paneer, and all round quite decent food. If this place were to spruce up its appearance a little it would probably be much better received; as it is, if you don't want to deal with a wait at other neighbourhood spots (most notably, the nearby Swapna), this spot is worth a try.

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★★★☆☆

I'd agree with the other review: this place isn't the most appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. Still, despite being empty the place wasn't half bad on a recent lunch visit. Fresh, hot and buttery naan, a decent saag paneer, and all round quite decent food. If this place were to spruce up its appearance a little it would probably be much better received; as it is, if you don't want to deal with a wait at other neighbourhood spots (most notably, the nearby Swapna), this spot is worth a try.

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Visted today for the lunch buffet. The place was empty yet there was a trolley full of dirty dishes stacked up in the restaurant! The glasses and cutlery were all dirty and the waiter looked like he hadn't washed in weeks. He had food dribbled all down the front of his clothes.
The food looked so bad I got up and left. Didn't taste any of it. I wouldn't even drink the water from the glass. It made me feel sick. My Husband filled a plate with food and had just one mouthful. All the food on the buffet had a thick skin covering it so it had obviously been there a while.
We are from England and know indian cuisine as chicken tikka masala is the top dish now in the UK! I would rather lick a dog's bottom than eat at Unique cuisine!

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★☆☆☆☆

Visted today for the lunch buffet. The place was empty yet there was a trolley full of dirty dishes stacked up in the restaurant! The glasses and cutlery were all dirty and the waiter looked like he hadn't washed in weeks. He had food dribbled all down the front of his clothes.
The food looked so bad I got up and left. Didn't taste any of it. I wouldn't even drink the water from the glass. It made me feel sick. My Husband filled a plate with food and had just one mouthful. All the food on the buffet had a thick skin covering it so it had obviously been there a while.
We are from England and know indian cuisine as chicken tikka masala is the top dish now in the UK! I would rather lick a dog's bottom than eat at Unique cuisine!

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This was our first foray into Indian food since moving to Atlanta from Boston a year ago. We are huge afficianados of Indian food and though we were warned that you have to go to Decatur for good food, we didn't listen. Ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, chicken vindaloo, palak paneer, and chicken tandoori. None of it was inedible, but it was generally bland and completely uninspired. The most alarming of all was the coriander mint dipping sauce for the samosa - it is not clear what they were trying to mask, but they used an obscene amount of bright green food coloring. Could not have been more unappetizing. I can't speak for the taste, as we didn't dare. Our order came to $75 with two kinds of naan - also middle of the road in taste and texture - but it was so unappetizing that we did not want to eat the leftovers (which are usually the best part!). Big disappointment.

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★★☆☆☆

This was our first foray into Indian food since moving to Atlanta from Boston a year ago. We are huge afficianados of Indian food and though we were warned that you have to go to Decatur for good food, we didn't listen. Ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, chicken vindaloo, palak paneer, and chicken tandoori. None of it was inedible, but it was generally bland and completely uninspired. The most alarming of all was the coriander mint dipping sauce for the samosa - it is not clear what they were trying to mask, but they used an obscene amount of bright green food coloring. Could not have been more unappetizing. I can't speak for the taste, as we didn't dare. Our order came to $75 with two kinds of naan - also middle of the road in taste and texture - but it was so unappetizing that we did not want to eat the leftovers (which are usually the best part!). Big disappointment.

Pros: Chai tea

Cons: Food

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There is no Indian restaurant that does not have a 4 / 4.5 star review. Pl be careful. We are an unethical breed of people and inflate our ratings. Least realising that all indian restaurants end up being 4.5 on 5. Pl use word of mouth and personal discretion to visit all of these restaurants. I wish health and happiness in yr experimentation with food.

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★☆☆☆☆

There is no Indian restaurant that does not have a 4 / 4.5 star review. Pl be careful. We are an unethical breed of people and inflate our ratings. Least realising that all indian restaurants end up being 4.5 on 5. Pl use word of mouth and personal discretion to visit all of these restaurants. I wish health and happiness in yr experimentation with food.

Pros: parking , huge stinky place

Cons: owner is always drunk, hygenie is a big issue

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I have been to Unique many times. I happened in there because I was working in the same strip mall. The people who own this restaurant are WONDERFUL. Although the dining area is formal with nice linens and private booths, it also feels like you are sitting in your best friend's kitchen. The food is fresh, inventive and just plain delightful. I can not handle very spicy food but like a little bit of spice. I have found that they peg my spice level every time (they know my particulars with spice). I have not been able to go back lately because I am recovering from an illness but I do hope to find them still cooking when I am able to return.

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★★★★★

I have been to Unique many times. I happened in there because I was working in the same strip mall. The people who own this restaurant are WONDERFUL. Although the dining area is formal with nice linens and private booths, it also feels like you are sitting in your best friend's kitchen. The food is fresh, inventive and just plain delightful. I can not handle very spicy food but like a little bit of spice. I have found that they peg my spice level every time (they know my particulars with spice). I have not been able to go back lately because I am recovering from an illness but I do hope to find them still cooking when I am able to return.

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This restaurant, and its owner/management, are exceptional. We recently moved to the Atlanta area from the Boston area (where great Indian restaurants abound). We have been looking for a good Indian restaurant and had tried four others and almost given up hope of finding one we liked. Then we found this one and our search is over.

The food is excellent, and both the owner and chef came over to personally make sure we were satisfied and having a good experience.

We went to the luncheon buffet and were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of dishes available. I had palak paneer, tandoori chicken, and goat curry, as well as dishes I don't know the names of (potato spheres in some sort of creamy lemony sauce, a sweet potato dish, and the sweet dessert breaded dumplings). All were absolutely fantastic. The only thing I could wish different was for the tandoori chicken to be a little less salty. We also tried an onion stuffed flat bread - I wish I could remember the name - that was heavenly. Don't leave the restaurant without trying it.

This is a five-star restaurant (I would give it six if the scale went that high). We plan to return often, and bring any visiting family or guests there as well.

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★★★★★

This restaurant, and its owner/management, are exceptional. We recently moved to the Atlanta area from the Boston area (where great Indian restaurants abound). We have been looking for a good Indian restaurant and had tried four others and almost given up hope of finding one we liked. Then we found this one and our search is over.

The food is excellent, and both the owner and chef came over to personally make sure we were satisfied and having a good experience.

We went to the luncheon buffet and were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of dishes available. I had palak paneer, tandoori chicken, and goat curry, as well as dishes I don't know the names of (potato spheres in some sort of creamy lemony sauce, a sweet potato dish, and the sweet dessert breaded dumplings). All were absolutely fantastic. The only thing I could wish different was for the tandoori chicken to be a little less salty. We also tried an onion stuffed flat bread - I wish I could remember the name - that was heavenly. Don't leave the restaurant without trying it.

This is a five-star restaurant (I would give it six if the scale went that high). We plan to return often, and bring any visiting family or guests there as well.

Pros: Food, service, prices

Cons: None

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My husband and I love Indian food and have been looking for a good place to go in our little Cumberland Mall area. We stumbled upon this place and honestly weren't expecting much. My hope is that they would at least have decent naan. We decided to chance it on their 'Unique for Two' special. You could tell it's an upstart family operation. The grandmother and mother cooked, father hosted and sisters were waitresses. They were all very friendly. I never had to ask for a refill on my water. The food: For $30 we got a minced chicken dish (I forgot the proper name), tandoori chicken dish, saag paneer dish and chicken masala dish. We each got a soup and dessert. We also EACH got our own basket of naan and all the rice we needed. The food was tasty and seemed just spicy enough. The naan was excellent and even the lentil soup (I'm not a fan of lentils or soup) was delicious!

We went on a Thursday night and we were one of five couples. I really hope this place survives. It's great deal with great food.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I love Indian food and have been looking for a good place to go in our little Cumberland Mall area. We stumbled upon this place and honestly weren't expecting much. My hope is that they would at least have decent naan. We decided to chance it on their 'Unique for Two' special. You could tell it's an upstart family operation. The grandmother and mother cooked, father hosted and sisters were waitresses. They were all very friendly. I never had to ask for a refill on my water. The food: For $30 we got a minced chicken dish (I forgot the proper name), tandoori chicken dish, saag paneer dish and chicken masala dish. We each got a soup and dessert. We also EACH got our own basket of naan and all the rice we needed. The food was tasty and seemed just spicy enough. The naan was excellent and even the lentil soup (I'm not a fan of lentils or soup) was delicious!

We went on a Thursday night and we were one of five couples. I really hope this place survives. It's great deal with great food.

Pros: Terrific prices on very delicious food

 

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