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Passage to India:
Restaurant Review:

By Joy Atkinson
(Summer Intern)

Passage to India is a good Indian restaurant located on International Drive in Orlando, FL right off of Grand National Drive. This location is close to all the major attractions. They serve lunch and dinner; so do not try to go for breakfast. Also, if you pass the Burger King near Belz Mall, you have gone too far.

When I arrived at Passage to India, they seated me right away. They accepted my reservation, although there was none necessary. This was very convenient because I was seated without having to wait. The atmosphere was very pleasant. They had pictures of famous people that have visited their restaurant while they have been in business. It was enjoyable looking at those pictures after and during dinner. There were cloth table coverings and napkins. The menu was easy to ready and even though it was hard for me to pronounce nearly every item, the descriptions were easily understood. Also, the server was very polite in explaining what things were on the menu, even knew how to pronounce the items.

I started off with an appetizer. The Vegetable Samosa was a great start to the meal. It was two flaky pastries filled with potatoes and spiced peas. These came with a sauce that I tired. The flavoring of the sauce made gave the samosa a different taste. It also gave me a good idea of the types of food that were about to come. For dinner, I had the Lamb Palak. The lamb was seasoned with onion and coriander. The sauce that the lamb came in was delicious. They provide Basmati rice in addition to the order. I was able to put the Lamb Palak on the Basmati rice. The seasoning was very strong, so the rice gave it an essential additive. I also tried the Chicken Tikka Masia. This dish was very different from the lamb. This dish was not in a sauce. The chicken was also highly seasoned with plenty of onions and peppers to add to the taste. This dish was also served with Basmati rice. Indian bread and sauce was also served with a meal. The bread was good by itself or with the sauce. It was also good combined with the meal.

Indian food offered great diversity to my normal eating styles. The food was cooked in ways that I could never do myself. The taste was like no American food that I had ever eaten before. There is chicken, tandoor, vegetable, rice, lamb, and seafood specialties available. Dessert was available, like Mango Ice Cream. However, by the time I was done with my dinner, I had to take a to go box and skip dessert.

Word to the wise, the more people you go with the more things that you can try. This way everyone in your party is able to sample a variety of Indian food. However, eating your favorite is suggested as well. I really enjoyed the lamb. Also, ask questions. You server is very familiar with the food and able to find a meal that would appease your taste buds. Finally, go hungry. The portions are very generous and you will probably want to try dessert.

Menu

Appetizers | Beverages

Tandoor Specialties | Vegetarian Delights | Rice Specialties | Chicken | Lamb | Seafood

Side Orders | Indian Breads | Desserts

Indian Appetizer Label

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Papad (4) $4.50
Vegetable Samosa Two flaky pastry parcels of mildly spiced fresh peas and potatoes. $4.50
Chicken Tikka Tender pieces of boneless chicken marinated in mild spices and yogurt and roasted in a clay oven $6.95
Vegetable Pakore Batter-fried, assorted, garden-fresh vegetable fritters. $4.50
Onion Bhaji Sliced onions dipped in spicy batter and deep-fried. $4.50
Passage to India Assorted Platter Mouth-watering combination of Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable Pakore, Chicken Tikka and Onion Bhaji $8.95
Spiced Indian Salad (Kuchumber) $4.50
Sheek Kabob Choice minced lamb with herbs and spices, cooked in a clay oven. $6.50
Soup of the Day $3.50

Tandoor Specialties Label

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Tandoori Chicken Tender Chicken marinated in yogurt with a judicious blend of spices and roasted in a clay oven. $15.95
Chicken Tikka Tender pieces of boneless chicken marinated in mild spices and yogurt and roasted in a clay oven. $15.95
* All entrees served with Basmati rice.

Vegetable Specialties

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Navratan Korma Variety of fresh mixed vegetables cooked in a rich cream sauce. $12.95
Bombay Aloo Cubes of potatoes tempered with mustard seed, herbs and ground spices. $12.95
Palak Paneer Cubes of homemade cottage cheese cooked with spinach and fresh spices. $12.95
Malai Kofta Potato patties cooked in a mild cream sauce with almonds and raisins. $12.95
Mutter Paneer Green peas and cubes of homemade cottage cheese cooked with herbs and spices $12.95
Masala Dal Creamed lentils, delicately tempered and seasoned with fresh ground spices. $12.95
Bhaigan Bharta Eggplant, baked in an oven, blended with herbs and sauteed with onions and tomatoes. $12.95
Paneer Makhni Homemade cottage cheese cooked in herbs and spices with tomatoes and cream sauce. $12.95
Chana Masala Punjabi Chickpeas delicately tempered and subtly seasoned with fresh ground spices. $12.95
Dal Makhni Black lentils and red beans sauteed with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and flavored with fenegreek leaves. $12.95
Vegetable Chilly Fry Fresh vegetables sauteed with green chili peppers, herbs and spices. $12.95
Palak Sabji Dal Spinach, eggplant, potatoes, cauliflower and tomatoes cooked with lentils, herbs and spices. $12.95
Aloo Gobi Fresh cauliflower and potatoes cooked in onion and tomato with herbs and spices. $12.95
* All entrees served with Basmati rice.

Rice Specialties

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Chicken Tikka Biryani Tender pieces of Chicken Tikka flavored with onions, herbs and spices, cooked with Basmati rice. $15.95
Lamb Biryani Basmati rice cooked with succulent pieces of lamb flavored with herbs and spices. $18.95
Shrimp Biryani Basmati rice cooked with juicy shrimp flavored with spices, yogurt and herbs. $21.95
Vegetable Biryani Fresh garden vegetables cooked with Basmati rice, herbs and spices. $12.95

Chicken entrees

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All chicken dinners prepared with boneless, skinless breast meat.
Chicken Tikka Masala Pieces of boneless chicken, oven-cooked and dipped in tomato sauce with onion and flavored with aromatic herbs. $15.95
Chicken Korma Juicy breast of chicken simmered in a rich cream sauce. $15.95
Chicken Hyderabadi An exotic curried chicken specialty from the Royal Kitchen of a prince. It brings out the Royalty in you. $15.95
Chicken Vindaloo Succulent pieces of chicken marinated in vinegar and spices and cooked in a hot Goan sauce with potatoes. $15.95
Chicken Madras Tender pieces of chicken cooked in hot spicy sauce with tomatoes. $15.95
Chicken Chilly Fry Boneless breast of chicken sauteed with green chili peppers, herbs and spices. $15.95
Chicken Makhni (Butter Chicken) Pieces of tender boneless chicken cooked in a rich cream sauce and flavored with herbs and spices. $15.95
* All entrees served with Basmati rice.

Lamb dishes

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Lamb Vindaloo A Goan specialty with cubes of choice lamb marinated in vinegar and a blend of aromatic spices, cooked in a hot Goan sauce with potatoes. $18.95
Lamb Palak Succulent pieces of choice lamb cooked with spinach, sauteed with onion and flavored with coriander. $18.95
Lamb Korma Tender pieces of choice lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce. $18.95
Gohst Banjara Lamb delight cooked in pounded spices. $18.95
* All entrees served with Basmati rice.

Seafood Dishes

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Shrimp Vindaloo Shrimp marinated in vinegar and a blend of spices, cooked in a hot Goan sauce with potatoes. $21.95
Fish Curry Marinated cubes of fresh fish cooked in curry sauce with herbs and spices. $17.95
Lobster Masala Sauteed along with tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices. $24.95
* All entrees served with Basmati rice.

Side Orders

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Sweet Mango Chutney $4.50
Achar (Hot Mixed Pickles) $4.50
Raita Minced cucumber with herbs and spices $4.50
Plain Yogurt $4.50
Side Order Curry Sauce (Hot or Mild) $4.50

Indian Breads

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Naan A light baked bread made from refined flour. $2.50
Onion Kulcha A light bread made from refined flour with onions and baked in a clay oven. $2.95
Aloo Naan Naan stuffed with aromatic potato filling. $3.50
Keema Naan Naan stuffed with choice minced lamb, herbs and spices. $4.50
Garlic Naan $2.95
Peshawari Naan Naan stuffed with raisins and almonds $3.50
Tandoori Roti Whole wheat bread cooked in Tandoor. $2.50

Desserts

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Rice Pudding $4.50
Mango Ice Cream $4.50
Kulfi $4.50
Gulab Jamun $4.50

Beverages

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Mango Juice $2.95 Coffee, Tea or Soft Drinks $1.50
Orange Juice $2.95 Indian Tea (CHAI) $2.50
Lassi (Salted or sweet) $3.50 Domestic Beer $2.95
Mango Lassi $4.25 Imported Beer $3.75
Milk $1.50

 

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