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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
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Ranked #46 of 250 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We read and heard such raves about Vimala's Cafe (even from an Indian friend of ours) but we found the restaurant grungy and the food tasteless with no flavorful or pungent Indian spices. We ordered Chicken Curry and a Samosa. We wanted to enjoy a great Indian mixed vegetable dish like Navratan Korma but it wasn't available and we only... More

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Oxford (UK)
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Ate here twice in a week. Pork vindaloo was triumphant, also goat curry and tandoori chicken delicious. The ethos of the place takes a little getting used to, ordering at the counter and then finding a table etc. But it is all worth it, a real treat.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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347 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Tried to eat lunch here recently - what a disappointing experience. The place is beyond funky, you order lunch in the small, worn bar area, and the lunch menu choices are few if you are a meat eater. And what is there is incredibly overpriced. We initially ordered Chicken Curry and Pork Vindaloo, with an order of Naan, an order... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very good vegetarian southern Indiian menu, and the restaurant is run with a great deal of idealism. Helpings are decent, services is reliable and fast, and they even have a good wine selection.

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Cary, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have truly loved frequenting to this place but my last visit was so disappointing. The food was not good at all. I love everything about this place and hate to give it a low rating. We had the vegetarian platter which consisted of roti (parts of it were not cooked evenly), dal (no taste to it), beet koftas (weird... More

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Top Contributor
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102 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I'm not a connoisseur of Indian food so I can't vouch for the authenticity or taste, but I can say this place is aptly named. Vimala is the owner who transformed her home cooking and catering business into a restaurant. I don't know what "curryblossom" is but it sounds exotic. Finally, cafe is a casual eatery. Put them all together... More

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Advance, North Carolina
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109 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Stopped by Chapel Hill to dine at Vimala's after seeing it featured on NC Weekend on PBS. The restaurant is located in a newer area down Franklin Street heading toward Carboro. We had to pay $3 to park in an adjacent lot because all on-street parking was taken. We ate dinner on a Saturday night at 6 p.m. on graduation... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Need to clean bathrooms more often! Kind servers, food is most often well prepared. Have sometimes received over cooked chicken which was blackened and dry. Bland rice. Lassi is inspired as well as their signature lemonade with lavender. Good food, a little more attention by the cleaning crew would make us feel a lot more confident!

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State Road, NC
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We love Indian Food and Vimala's is our favorite in Chapel Hill. Tucked into a court yard just off Franklin Street, the food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Very casual; check out the menu and order at the counter, then food is delivered to your table. We love the Behl salad, saag paneer, lamb curry, chick pea curry, and... More

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Winston Salem NC
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105 reviews 105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Visited our Chapel Hill kid and her yoga studio is nearby. Decided to try Vimala's. Wow. Loved the goat curry, fish curry and the side dishes. Incredible lassi and lavender lemonade. Go. Eat. Go back. We will.

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