As a great fan of curries (All true Brits are!), and organiser of the Payday Curry Club International - Pittsburgh Branch, I have visited most of the curry houses in the area, so I thought I would provide a list.
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|Restaurant||Address and location||Comments|
|Bombay Rama||121 Oakland Avenue, Oakland||A drive past seemed to show that this is a restaurant only in the way that McDonalds is a restaurant. More details when I get round to eating there.|
|Darbar Indian Restaurant||3936 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville||Not yet visited.|
|India Canteen||6091 Steubenville Pike, Robinson||Not yet visited.|
|India Garden||328 Atwood Street, Oakland||BYOB. They were very keen to chase us out and close promptly at 22.00 when I visited with fourteen friends.|
|India Garden||3813 William Penn Highway, Monroeville||BYOB. The food is pretty spicy (if you want it) and is very good. The lighting in the restaurant was a little dim for my liking.|
|India Palace Cuisine||4519 Centre Avenue, Bloomfield
At Centre / Dollar
|BYOB. The garlic nans and the onion bhajis were slightly disappointing in an otherwise good meal.|
|Lil Pakistan||Penn Avenue at 16th Street||If you're looking for an up market dining experience you're in the wrong place. On the other hand, if you want good value authentic* Pakistani food served by friendly people this is the place to go. Open 07.00 to 19.00.
* The closest I've been to Pakistan is 500 miles away, and that was only a one hour refuelling stop, so my use of the word authentic is just a guess!
|Maharaja||Days Inn, 1150 Banksville Road||This large restaurant in the ground floor of the Days Inn serves very good food, some of the spiciest curries in Pittsburgh. Beer includes bottles of Taj Mahal.|
|People's Indian||5147 Penn Ave, Bloomfield
|BYOB. The general consensus is that out of all the curry houses I and my colleagues have visited, this is the one with the best food. It is also one of the cheapest.|
|Prince of India||3614 Fifth Avenue, Oakland||Splendid garlic nans. The rest of the food is pretty good too.|
|Sitar of Pittsburgh||Bryant Street, Highland Park
at Bryant / Euclid
|Possibly the spiciest curry I've had in America. Highly recommended, especially the chicken Hyderabadi. They serve Indian beer.|
|Star of India||412 South Craig Street, Oakland
At Forbes / Craig
|BYOB. This remarkably parsimonious restaurant charged us 30¢ for a glass, and also charged for some additional boiled rice. The food itself was excellent.|
|Taj Mahal||McKnight Road||This place has been blacklisted following a food spillage incident! (not to mention the rubber band)|
|Taste of India||4320 Penn Avenue, Bloomfield||Good food in this pleasant restaurant, and they sell bottles of Taj Mahal.|
|Udipi Cafe||4141 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville||Not yet visited.
Vegetarian I believe.
A Brit's Guide To Pittsburgh Curries
Curry is the same all around the world isn't it? Well, no, not really - there are some differences that a visitor from the UK should be aware of.
Let's start with the traditional "British" curry night out - ten pints of lager followed by an industrial strength vindaloo. I'm afraid you're out of luck on two counts: Firstly, all the curry houses close by 22.30 so rolling up at half past one is not an option! Secondly, all the dishes here are spiced to suit the American taste - i.e. hardly at all! All the restaurants will offer diners a choice of spiciness from one to ten but I think you would need a twenty to match UK strength! It is difficult to describe curry hotness objectively but let me put it like this: I do not like hot curries, and in the UK I would never have a Vindaloo in Bradford because it would be too hot for my taste. Here in Pittsburgh I have had Vindaloo strength ten a number of times and always enjoyed it.
There are other differences as well:
Oh, and BYOB means BRING YOUR OWN BEER!
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