If you've got Indian fare on the brain, you're in luck: we've found the freshest Austin eateries to quell your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Indian food.
3201 Bee Cave Road, Suite 148
Saffron is an Indian and buffet spot.
This eatery prides itself on serving traditional Indian cuisine accented by flavors and spices of the Himalayas and offers made-from-scratch sauces, naan and desserts, notes Saffron's website.
The menu includes vegetarian dishes as well as entrees with chicken, lamb, goat and seafood. Tandoori options include a grilled chicken marinated in homemade yogurt, garlic, ginger and fresh ground spices, and Amritsari Seekhs (seasoned kebabs) with broccoli, bell pepper, paneer, pineapple and red onion.
Saffron currently holds 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews on Yelp, indicating solid reviews.
Brady B., who reviewed Saffron on March 26, wrote, "Very relaxed and casual atmosphere and great food as well! Bombay Brussels sprouts are the bomb! The lamb was quite tender and delicious. Saffron goat curry is tasty and not too spicy. The naan is yummy and I'll have to go back and get the jalapeño option next time!"
Yelper Bonnie R., shared, "I really liked my chicken tikka masala with naan bread. Others in our party had chicken tandoori, shrimp curry, fried rice and a couple of lamb dishes. We all agreed that we want to return. We were also able to BYOB with no corking fee, which was a plus."
Saffron is open from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5:30–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)
Bar B Q Inn
9310 N. Lamar Blvd., North Austin
Bar B Q Inn is a halal, Pakistani and Indian spot.
On the menu, you'll find breakfast items, appetizers and main dishes made with halal meats, curry and rice, as well as vegetarian dishes. Other options include chapli kebab; beef nihari with curry; and hakeem, a stew composed of meat, lentils and pounded wheat. (See the complete menu.)
Bar B Q Inn's current Yelp rating of 3.5 stars out of five reviews indicates the newcomer is getting solid feedback.
Yelper Ammar F., who reviewed Bar B Q Inn on Feb. 24, wrote, "Five stars for two things: authentic Pakistani taste and good availability on delivery app."
Yelper Farheen Q. wrote, "Good flavor without being too spicy, good variety and the usual suspects in the buffet. Good price, good service, fresh naan and some extras in the buffet you don't usually find, like nihari and hakeem."
Bar B Q Inn is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday-Sunday.
9900 S. Ih 35 Frontage Road, Suite P900,
Owner Sunil Kumar, who hails from Jaipur, has brought the flavors and foods from his native land to Austin with a menu that includes Indian-inspired salads, soups, breads, rice dishes and main courses. Try the Goan Fish Curry (tilapia cooked with sauteed onions, lime juice, spices and coconut milk) and the Jaipur Mix Grill (Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, ajwaini jhinga, lamb seekh kebab and salmon tikka).
With a 4.5-star Yelp rating out of 34 reviews on Yelp, Jaipur Palace has been getting positive attention.
Yelper Denise W., who was one of the first users to visit Jaipur Palace on March 20, wrote, "Delicious! I ordered the Veggie Pakora and Gobi Manchurian for pickup (online). I was greeted as soon as I walked in the door, and my order was ready. ... The veggie pakora had a spicy heat to it, which I loved!"
Yelper Srikanth E. noted, "Just loved the chana peshawari with hot level spice. ... And the naan is so fresh and seems just made."
Jaipur Palace is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.