Indian Food

★★★★☆
38.6741 -90.3579
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314-991-9999

8629 Olive Blvd

Saint Louis, MO

63132

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Mon, Closed; Tue - Sun, 11am - 9:30pm

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Excellent food. Flavoursome and spicy with dishes you will not find in more Americanised restaurants. If you want authentic Indian food, this is the restaurant for you.

Serves Halal meat.

PROS: Very good food with authentic taste at reasonable prices
CONS: Basic decor

4
★★★★☆

Excellent food. Flavoursome and spicy with dishes you will not find in more Americanised restaurants. If you want authentic Indian food, this is the restaurant for you.

Serves Halal meat.

PROS: Very good food with authentic taste at reasonable prices
CONS: Basic decor

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I'm guessing Chris works for a competing Indian restaurant in the area as "Indian Food" is the best Indian restaurant in St Louis. I'm Indian myself and eat at Indian restaurants 1-2 times a week (I eat out every day). St Louis has very poor Indian restaurants compared to other major cities, the only real exceptions being "Indian Food", House of India and one take-out place I can't recall the name of. "Indian Food" is unique in that they serve home-style Indian food, not 'Restaurant-style'. What does this mean? It means their dishes do not contain the large volumes of cream and starch that restaurant-style food contains in order to make the sauces thick. Instead they use exquisite seasoning to create some fantastic flavors, and ditch the cream (much less fat). The quality of the meat is good, and the breads are all fantastic. The restaurant is family owned and run and everyone is very friendly. A huge number of people stop in for take-out food, and the restaurant actually offers "meal plans" for folks who want their daily lunch/dinner here.

PROS: Fantastic taste, Healthier than other Indian restaurants
CONS: I wish it were in the central west end

5
★★★★★

I'm guessing Chris works for a competing Indian restaurant in the area as "Indian Food" is the best Indian restaurant in St Louis. I'm Indian myself and eat at Indian restaurants 1-2 times a week (I eat out every day). St Louis has very poor Indian restaurants compared to other major cities, the only real exceptions being "Indian Food", House of India and one take-out place I can't recall the name of. "Indian Food" is unique in that they serve home-style Indian food, not 'Restaurant-style'. What does this mean? It means their dishes do not contain the large volumes of cream and starch that restaurant-style food contains in order to make the sauces thick. Instead they use exquisite seasoning to create some fantastic flavors, and ditch the cream (much less fat). The quality of the meat is good, and the breads are all fantastic. The restaurant is family owned and run and everyone is very friendly. A huge number of people stop in for take-out food, and the restaurant actually offers "meal plans" for folks who want their daily lunch/dinner here.

PROS: Fantastic taste, Healthier than other Indian restaurants
CONS: I wish it were in the central west end

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Indian Food is a great place to have authentic and fresh Indian food. Regardless of what Chris below has to say; his review is unqualified. My girlfriend and me both love Indian food and we used to go to House of India until the quality of food there dropped off due to employee dissention. That's when we found Indian Food. This is the place we go to time and time again. The lunch special is decent, but the Lamb dishes for dinner are favorites. I've asked Indian friends of mine and this is one of the most regularly recommended venues. Decoration is a bit on the cafe/diner side, but the owner is friendly and workers are earnest. Wonderful experience. If you want REAL Indian food, Indian Food is a must try. I have no idea where Chris went, but NONE of his complaints (greasy etc.) rang true for me during ANY of my own (repeated) experiences dining at this establishment.

PROS: Authentic, Cheaper than other places which serve worse food.
CONS: Decor has a cheap feel to it.

4
★★★★☆

Indian Food is a great place to have authentic and fresh Indian food. Regardless of what Chris below has to say; his review is unqualified. My girlfriend and me both love Indian food and we used to go to House of India until the quality of food there dropped off due to employee dissention. That's when we found Indian Food. This is the place we go to time and time again. The lunch special is decent, but the Lamb dishes for dinner are favorites. I've asked Indian friends of mine and this is one of the most regularly recommended venues. Decoration is a bit on the cafe/diner side, but the owner is friendly and workers are earnest. Wonderful experience. If you want REAL Indian food, Indian Food is a must try. I have no idea where Chris went, but NONE of his complaints (greasy etc.) rang true for me during ANY of my own (repeated) experiences dining at this establishment.

PROS: Authentic, Cheaper than other places which serve worse food.
CONS: Decor has a cheap feel to it.

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This is the worst Indian food in town. It's underseasoned, greasy, and gristly. The owner hovers over the customers and doesn't allow them to eat in peace. Avoid at all costs!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst Indian food in town. It's underseasoned, greasy, and gristly. The owner hovers over the customers and doesn't allow them to eat in peace. Avoid at all costs!

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We had heard great things about this place from friends and seen the reviews ("Best Indian Food In St Louis" for 2007), so we finally stopped in on a Friday night. Indian Food is in a strip mall on Olive Blvd, surrounded by Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and even Japanese restaurants. The restaurant itself is simple, but immaculately clean and very pleasant. Having eaten at quite a few Indian places in Chicago, we immediately noticed that the short menu actually contained a few unusual items. We order the Alu Pakhora, a vegetarian entree of zucchini and the specialty of the house, nahari (ours was with lamb), as well as tea and a mango lhassi. The pakhora arrived quickly and was clearly hot from the pan: it was mildly flavored and filled with a creamy layer of potato. We enjoyed that with our drinks and some mixed pickle (I love pickles of all nations). The nahari consisted of chunks of very tender lamb (none of the usual gristle to fight with here) in an almost creamy currry topped with slices of fragrant lime.

Our server turned out to be the owner, and he gave us a few words of explanation about each dish (urging us to squeeze the lime juice onto the nahari, for instance, to give it a better flavor). He and another fellow checked our table frequently, obviously concerned that everything was up to snuff. The nahari was delicious, as was our zucchini entree, which was a blend of clearly very fresh vegetables, sauteed simply with just a nice hint of aromatic spices.

Dinner for two with all the extras was about $30 and I'd call it a very good value: fresh food, authentic flavors, and great service!

Note: the other review of this place is so off the mark (Afghani restaurant?) as to make me think that the writer has confused this restaurant with some other place.

5
★★★★★

We had heard great things about this place from friends and seen the reviews ("Best Indian Food In St Louis" for 2007), so we finally stopped in on a Friday night. Indian Food is in a strip mall on Olive Blvd, surrounded by Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and even Japanese restaurants. The restaurant itself is simple, but immaculately clean and very pleasant. Having eaten at quite a few Indian places in Chicago, we immediately noticed that the short menu actually contained a few unusual items. We order the Alu Pakhora, a vegetarian entree of zucchini and the specialty of the house, nahari (ours was with lamb), as well as tea and a mango lhassi. The pakhora arrived quickly and was clearly hot from the pan: it was mildly flavored and filled with a creamy layer of potato. We enjoyed that with our drinks and some mixed pickle (I love pickles of all nations). The nahari consisted of chunks of very tender lamb (none of the usual gristle to fight with here) in an almost creamy currry topped with slices of fragrant lime.

Our server turned out to be the owner, and he gave us a few words of explanation about each dish (urging us to squeeze the lime juice onto the nahari, for instance, to give it a better flavor). He and another fellow checked our table frequently, obviously concerned that everything was up to snuff. The nahari was delicious, as was our zucchini entree, which was a blend of clearly very fresh vegetables, sauteed simply with just a nice hint of aromatic spices.

Dinner for two with all the extras was about $30 and I'd call it a very good value: fresh food, authentic flavors, and great service!

Note: the other review of this place is so off the mark (Afghani restaurant?) as to make me think that the writer has confused this restaurant with some other place.

Pros: authenticity, service

Cons: ?

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Even though the restaurant is named "Indian Food" this is actually an Afghani restaurant. Or, so the owner/cook/waiter told me. The craziness began when we ordered our drinks and were looking over the menu. I ordered a coke. He brought me a Diet Coke. I said, "I'm sorry, this is Diet." He said, "That is all we have, you drink it. Okay?" No, not ok. :( Did he think I wouldn't notice? I went with the H2O. Then came ordering... We were presented with Menus... which apparently didn't have any of the dishes they were actually offering. Finally, after much guessing on our part the owner/cook/waiter told me they only had 2 dishes. Goat or Chicken? Chicken it was! The food was actually not bad. And the owner/cook/waiter was very nice, but it was truly a bizarre experience. I've never been to a restaurant that didn't serve ANYTHING on their menu. It makes me wonder why they bother to print them... or give them to customers.
Overall, the name, the menu and pretty much everything was unrepresentative of what was actually there. So, I say go there only if you are very brave and don't mind someone else choosing what you will be eating. Or if you like goat...

3
★★★☆☆

Even though the restaurant is named "Indian Food" this is actually an Afghani restaurant. Or, so the owner/cook/waiter told me. The craziness began when we ordered our drinks and were looking over the menu. I ordered a coke. He brought me a Diet Coke. I said, "I'm sorry, this is Diet." He said, "That is all we have, you drink it. Okay?" No, not ok. :( Did he think I wouldn't notice? I went with the H2O. Then came ordering... We were presented with Menus... which apparently didn't have any of the dishes they were actually offering. Finally, after much guessing on our part the owner/cook/waiter told me they only had 2 dishes. Goat or Chicken? Chicken it was! The food was actually not bad. And the owner/cook/waiter was very nice, but it was truly a bizarre experience. I've never been to a restaurant that didn't serve ANYTHING on their menu. It makes me wonder why they bother to print them... or give them to customers.
Overall, the name, the menu and pretty much everything was unrepresentative of what was actually there. So, I say go there only if you are very brave and don't mind someone else choosing what you will be eating. Or if you like goat...

Pros: affordable

Cons: Bizarre!

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