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“Similar flavors throughout but lots of food”
Review of Flavor of India

Flavor of India
Ranked #6 of 64 Restaurants in Oro Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Tucson, AZ
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Similar flavors throughout but lots of food”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

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.

  • Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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587 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“What has happened?”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We started going to Flavor of India some time ago, just after they opened. At that time it wasn't bad. Tonight we invited some new friends out. What is going on? Two dishes where not good at all. An order of Naan was forgotten. One other thing. Our sever could have been a little more friendly. We are sorry but we will be moving on.

Thank Gary C
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Yuma, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great food, not typical atmosphere for an Indian restaurant.”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Service and food was great. Portions were large, atmosphere was catered to their lunch time buffet. For dinner the restaurant was large and not as inviting. However, the food is worth a visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Excellent value.........the buffet!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We have often skipped by Indian restaurants because we never thought we knew enough about the menu. Exotic names of foods we have no familiarity with. Why not try the lunch buffet and find out? We did, and we loved it. Each item is described in such a way that you can choose what you want too try, and know what you're eating. Very good bargain price for nicely prepared warm and tasty foods. The service was prompt and accommodating, and the atmosphere was cordial. A friendly place in our neighborhood to which we will return.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Like Friends in India described their cuisine”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I write to many friends in all parts of India. Often they send me photos of family gatherings at home or in restaurants. They describe each dish and even offer to send me recipes. Recently friends from Seattle asked us to find an Indian restaurant near our home, and to join them.

Flavor of India is only a 5 min. drive from my home and though I had passed it many times I never considered eating there based on some bad meals we had had many years ago. Because our friends were Indian food devotees my husband and I agreed we should try it and made reservations for the 6 of us.

What a pleasant surprise. First of all, the spacious, well appointed restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Catalina mountains. Secondly,
the very friendly wait staff and manager who went out of their way to describe the various dishes to us. The manager even invited us to tour his kitchen, which we will do on our next visit.

Everyone ordered different entrees, but all agreed on Mulgitawny Soup.
It was so delicious - especially with garlic and cheese naan bread that it
would have made a meal all by itself.

The chicken dishes were not only delicious but the presentation was lovely as well. Topping things off with bottles of Indian beer was the perfect libation, as recommended by our server.

Shortly after we placed our order, a stream of diners began entering the restaurant -- a sure sign to me that the food was good.

Whether you love Indian food or are just curious about it, you cannot go wrong by visiting the Flavor of India restaurant in beautiful Oro Valley!

  • Visited October 2012
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