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“Excellent for Costa Rica standards” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Taj Mahal

Restaurante Taj Mahal
1 km Oeste del Centro Comercial Paco calle vieja hacia Santa Ana, San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica, Escazu, Costa Rica
+506 2228 0980
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Ranked #6 of 119 Restaurants in Escazu
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Costa Rica's Original Indian Restaurant. Established in 2002 serving Authentic North Indian Cuisine with such specialties as lamb, tandoori, vegetarian, chicken, seafood, an extensive list of curries, biryanis, and fresh naan. We also can recommend vegan and gluten free selections. We are a full scale restaurant with a wine list and bar service for our clients. We have a private room and outdoor terrace in our garden. WIFI, Delivery, and Catering Service available. Certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) as a 5 star establishment. We also now have a children's playground in our garden area.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Excellent for Costa Rica standards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I've lived in Costa Rica for many years and this is one of the few Indian restaurants in the country. Considering this is a country of rice, beans, chicken, and tough beef the Indian food here is a great relief. Yes, the "heat" factor has been tempered for the Costa Rican tastes but this restaurant does as good a job as I can expect in the country and a nice change from the routine Italian restuarants that saturate this place (outside of the local food).

I enjoy going to this restaurant when ever my Indian food desire develops and I go without hesitation.

The lamb is well cooked, the sauces, although maybe not "the real thing" are very good.

The multiple variations of Nan are good, wine selection is basic but sufficient and prices relatively reasonable for the area.

Service was good - compared to other restaurants and other expensive restaurants the service is great. My water glass was never empty as the staff was aware and refilled without being asked. Napkins that accidentally dropped on the floor was seen by the staff, picked up and replaced with a new clean napkin without being asked. The staff was familiar with all the foods on the menu and described clearly with asked a question. All the staff I talked with spoke good english which made typical frustrations of understanding ingrediants and other issues related to the cooking processes much easier and added to the enjoyment.

The decor is definitely an attempt to try and present an authentic Indian feel and I think they do a good job with the approach.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not my favorite Indian Restaurant Experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I was a little disappointed with the staff. I felt they were a little jaded with their job. Also, as a lover of Indian food I was hoping for a more authentic menu.

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Dulles, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice ambience and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

We came here after a long day of rafting and chocolate tour. Decor was very authentic and Indian. We are vegetarian and love spicy indian food. We were not dissapointed. I am always wary of indian food in foreign counties but this was impressive. We live in near DC which has over 50 indian restaurants and this one ranks up there. Make sure and ask for onions and spicy Serrano peppers on the side. We ordered the Mushroom Matar, potatoes dish and cheese and lentil dishes. The Naan bread was crispy and hot. Enjoy.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Just OK.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The restaurant is cozy and the decor is nice, but if you love the spiciness of Indian food, you may be disappointed, both by the quantity of food served, and by the level of spice. It seems that the spiciness of the food has been greatly tempered (read that as "reduced") to accommodate the decilate Tico palate (Costa Ricans don't really like spicy food, and their palates really aren't trained to be comfortable with spiciness. Our meals here have been OK to disappointing because we expect Indian food to be spicy, aromatic, plentiful and delicious. If you don't like food that is highly spiced, you may enjoy a meal here. The service is consistently good.

Visited January 2013
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Great Indian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I LOVE Indian food. This place has great atmosphere and the food is really good. The service was quick and efficient (almost to a negative, if you know what I mean). The food was tasty. I love the fact when I asked for some heat on a dish, they delivered. Good for you. When I want Indian food, this will be my choice in San Jose.

Visited January 2013
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