Under a local promotion we had $60 worth of food to eat between the two of us. That gave us a great opportunity to try many dishes on the large menu. We are quite familiar with Indian food in general, eat it frequently home and away. Flavor of India is located in the extreme north western portion of the Tucson metro area, and this was our first time here. This place is far more attractive than most of the local restaurants, larger, lighter, with big windows facing south and east and a great view of the mountains. It was nearly empty when we arrived for a very early dinner but the place filled up as we ate. We also noticed that they do a very active take out business. Our server was friendly and polite, as was the owner, who walked around adjusting the window shades as the light changed. We went straight for the main dishes, skipping the appetizers because most are deep fried and we're not fond of that. Between us we ordered shrimp saag, nargisi ghosht, a lamb dish, what should have been bhindi masala, akbari biryani, a rice dish with fish, shrimp and vegetables, navrattan, curried mixed vegetables, and garlic naan and aloo paratha for breads. The portions were generous and the prices were on the low end of the scale, both good things. While we love to eat and appreciate large portions three things bothered us: First, Indian food has complex spicing, and each type of dish has a different combination of spices, which should result in different flavors from dish to dish. Unfortunately, all the dishes we ate seemed very similarly spiced, which meant that everything tasted very much the same. Second, we ordered bhindi masala, okra, and the kitchen substituted chana masala, chick peas, without asking us, because they didn't have okra. We would have liked to be consulted. Third, when we ordered we were asked to specify a heat level for each dish. We asked for medium across the board except for the lamb, for which I specified "crazy hot", their term. All the dishes were no more than mildly spiced, and the lamb, though quite rich and good, was no hotter than the rest. We were really disappointed! Everything was totally deficient in the heat department, we really didn't get what we asked for, but we didn't want to send back the entire meal. So, I would say you get your money's worth here, because portions are large and prices are low. But the food is rather boringly similar in taste from one dish to the next, and you may have to work overtime to convince them that when you say "hot" you mean it. I'm not sure we'll ever try them again.
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