There are not many Indian Restaurants on TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon and Yelp with 5 or 4.5 Stars ratings in Tampa, Florida. But just by looking at these Star Ratings, it is difficult to judge their Food Quality, Customer Service, Cleanliness and Customer Feedback acceptance. So I am very particular on these things especially when I go to eat at an Indian Cuisine.
Last month I went to an Indian cuisine for dinner after reading the 4.5 Star Reviews and believe me was very disappointed after realizing that those Ratings and Reviews didn't match up at all.
One of my Friend got the Catering done by Clay Oven, Pinellas Park, for their kid's birthday party and after enjoying the food, I was so curious to know the name of the restaurant as the food was superbly delicious. My friend told me about Clay Oven and also about the Super Buffet they do sometimes and raved about their Food Quality and Customer Service and a very friendly atmosphere, that I thought of giving a shot, even though its too far from New Tampa where I live. Also, my friend told me that he once attended a birthday party in Clay Oven's Weekend Buffet and loved the food and I was shocked coz' generally the buffet quality at Indian Cuisines is not good. I know this fact as I myself is Indian, they give you best quality whatever they think is the best only in A La Carte dinner.
I went to their weekend buffet last weekend as a critic, which I am to find if they truly are good as per my friend's advice. After enjoying around 18 appetizers/entrees/Salads/Desserts and observing the whole Clay Oven Staff and how they were taking care of the customers, the whole atmosphere/experience there, talked to some of the American/Indian people there who came 4th or 5th time there, came to a conclusion that this is the only Indian Cuisine in Tampa where the owners understood the true importance of Good Food, Customer Service, Cleanliness and Customer Feedback (as I gave them some suggestions and their attitude was more that +ve and said they truly appreciate my suggestions).
And very truly they DESERVE the 5 ***** Rating and truly believe the Reviews they got from other customer are GENUINE. Also, I called my friend and thanked him for introducing me to Clay Oven and from now on Clay Oven is my Favorite Indian Cuisine and wish the Team of Clay Oven "Best of Luck"
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