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Raja's Indian Cuisine

33 NE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
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  • Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
  • $$
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Decor 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 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 crepe and the thicker onion-packed uttapam are particularly good) plus sides of sambar (a soothing vegetable-packed pureed 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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