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Indian Restaurant - The Clay Oven
Although we have been going to Florida for over twenty years we always seemed to be searching for a good Indian restaurant. The Passage to India used to have a restaurant on International Drive near the Belz Outlet Shopping area (this is now Prime Outlets) and they used to have a very good all you can eat dinner. However they stopped doing this and reverted to al a carte that we did not enjoy so much. I noticed last time we were over that the one on the 192 which we have yet to visit is now open 24hours for breakfast lunch and dinner.
At our villa we have a drawer that we encourage guests to put in vouchers/leaflets or cards from anywhere they have visited and enjoyed. Last year when we went there were several leaflets etc relating to the Clay Oven. We found this located on the 192 by Marker 5, Shoney’s, Golden Coral and Dunkin Doughnuts are nearby.
The restaurant is quite plain on the outside as well as the inside and has an alcohol licence, not all Indian restaurants have these. However there is no real need to pay for a bottle of wine as the glass of wine is very large and filled to the brim!
We were greeted by very friendly staff and although they were quite busy they asked us which table we would like to sit at. We were the only European diners all the other tables were filled by Indian guests with two being quite large family tables.
Our server was very attentive and asked how we heard of them I explained and laughingly added we even have a buy one main meal and get 50% off another coupon in the villa drawer and I had forgotten it. I was impressed when the bill came he had taken the 50% off the second meal.
The food was quite typical of the food in Indian restaurants in the UK and when you order they ask if you would like it mild medium or spicy. Unless you like your food quite fiery beware of the spicy selection!
We are probably spoiled at home because many of our restaurants provide the poppadoms free here we had to pay $4 for 4 served with onion chutney and raita.
We shared a delicious Clay Oven Mixed Vegetable Platter of Chicken Samosa, Chicken Pakora Chicken Tikka and Sheik Kebab as a starter.
For main courses Mother had Tandoori Lamb Chop, I had my usual Korma and my Father had Chicken Kadhai.
We all thought it was the best Indian food we had had in Florida and noticed they also had a very good Vegetarian Menu. Our bill was probably the cheapest we have paid at an Indian Restaurant whilst in Orlando
Clay Oven does Take aways and will also deliver free if you are a reasonable distance from the restaurant. Our villa is about four miles away and they said delivery would be free to there.
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Page added on: 7 January 2011
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