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Raja's Indian Cuisine

33 N.E. 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33132 | Downtown/Overtown | 305-539-9551

Location Description:

Décor is unassuming at this downtown lunchroom -- it's basically a hole-in-the-wall, albeit a clean and cheerful one -- and most of the roughly dozen dishes served daily are steam-tabled, not made to order. Still, since most Indian food is relatively slow-cooked rather than quickly stir-fried like that of most other Asian nations, it survives steam-table simmering quite well. Raja's $4.69 combination platter is among downtown's tastiest lunch options, and there are three South Indian house specialties found neither on the steam table nor in any other Miami-Dade Indian restaurant: dosai, uttapam, and idli. These mouthwatering ground-rice pancakes are served with a choice of several stuffings and/or toppings (the rolled potato-filled masala dosa crêpe and the thicker onion-packed uttapam are particularly good) plus sides of sambar (a soothing vegetable-packed puréed lentil dhal) and spicy/sweet coconut chutney; among the few made-to-order items, they are well worth the ten- to twenty-minute wait.

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  • Cuisine(s): Indian
  • Hours: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Lunch
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Meters
  • Payment Types: cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Takeout

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