Taste of India

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 10 reviews )

606 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, Florida, USA, 32935

Serves meat, vegan options available. South Indian food. Lunch has buffet. Ghee and paneer cheese is used in some dishes.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by Jaya Krishna

I love this place so much! - Edit

My boyfriend and I eat here all the time. It’s so good, and cheap. Great service and they play fun Indian music and music videos. They label the vegan options, but if they forget you can ask a staff member and they will point them out to you. They usually have 2-5 vegan options, but one time they only had a couple, and the owner brought us out a GIANT bowl of Chana masala (chickpea masala). AMAZING!!!!!

Pros: They label the buffet options (vegan)

Cons: No vegan naan

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Favorite Restaurant! - Edit

This is my favorite restaurant to go eat out at, for two reasons: they're by far the most vegan-friendly restaurant I've been to, and they're delicious. It's a huge turnaround from when I first visited several years ago, back before I went vegan - it was during a SuperBowl and I was put off by how unfriendly our server seemed. I was convinced to give it another chance and I'm really glad I did, because the service has been nothing but great since each of my visits (probably about a dozen in all), the staff friendly, eager to help, and checking in often on us. Maybe it was just an off night the first time.

We've dined inside and enjoyed the experience (the decor is VERY pretty), as well as ordered to go (and been tormented the whole drive by the maddening tasty smell!). I'm unsure if they offer delivery - I've seen evidence they might, but I've also not seen any confirmation on this. Next time I call or visit them, I'll find out and post an update!

My favorite that I think I'll stick with for awhile is the veganized bombay aloo (mild) (it's listed as a vegetarian item, but when I asked they were able to veganize it for me), and my friend's is the vegetable vindaloo (spicy). We were big lovers of palak paneer before going vegan and luckily, one of the staff going over our vegan options suggested veganizing it with chickpeas to replace the cheese. It's very tasty and I'm super pleased with the staffmember who helped us (unfortunately I didn't catch his name) for helping us so much. Overall they offer lots of clearly marked vegan options and have been very accommodating with veganizing options.

Pros: Excellent Food, Variety of Choices, Friendly Staff

Cons: Unclear If Delivers

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awesome - Edit

Really great food.

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Great for vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores! - Edit

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner. He is an omnivore, and I am a vegetarian (but prefer vegan whenever possible). We were so pleased with all the choices on the menu! For me, there were so many vegetarian and vegan choices that I had a hard time deciding what to order (which is not a "problem" I encounter often!). The servers were quick and attentive (e.g., great with drink refills). Our food came out quicker than we were expecting, and the food was delicious. We would love to come back here again in future visits to Melbourne.

Pros: Excellent food, Fast service, Large menu

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Great Vegan Options - Edit

I love how vegan friendly this place is! They have modified their menu to indicate what is vegan, which is quite helpful! You must call ahead for vegan rice though. We always enjoy the vegetable samosa appetizer. Currently my favorite dish is the Chana Masala, no ginger.

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vegan on the menu - Edit

they added the word "vegan"to the menu, awesome food... be careful though, the white rice has ghee.

Pros: lots of vegan options, very friendly

Cons: ghee in rice

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Good lunch buffet - Edit

Went to this restaurant while in Melbourne because of Happy Cow reviews. I love Indian food, have Indian friends who cook for me and take me to restaurants they think are good. Taste of India compares favorably. They have a large buffet for lunch for about $13. Not a lot of attention from wait staff - they don't seem to have assigned tables. We just helped ourselves and flagged someone down to get our drinks. Still it was a good lunch
Updated from previous review on Saturday November 09, 2013

Pros: large selection, well prepared food, clean

Cons: inattentive wait staff

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Bad food - Edit

Food was very bland and not authentic. Twenty minutes after I requested fresh chilies for some spice, they brought me 4 half rotten chilies. I am used to Indian staff sometimes not always being friendly, but these people were purposely mean. The staff was a foreign mix rather than all Indians, so I think that is why it didn't taste like Indian food.

Cons: bland, not fresh

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Out of This World Scrumptious! - Edit

We have been going to Taste of India since they first opened in Melbourne and have never found another Indian restaurant that can even come close in taste and quality. I even overheard an Indian customer comment to his server that he couldn't find food this good on his latest trip to India! Even though I haven't visited India, I can believe his statement. It's just that good!

If you go for their lunch buffet, you can enjoy about 3/4 of the food as a vegetarian. However, if you are vegan, it's probably best to order off the menu, since they use butter and cheese in most of their dishes. On their menu, they have an entire huge vegetarian section, for each appetizers and entrees. And, they will take special requests for vegan and allergies.

The servers are all wonderful and super professional. Some are a bit shy b/c of the language, but most are very friendly. The manager is fabulous and can answer any question you may have. Super professional and super nice.

They are so good that they now have four locations throughout Florida (Tampa, Brandon, and W. Palm Beach, as well as the original in Melbourne).

Pros: Taste, taste and taste!!, Yummy!!, Did I mention the taste?

Cons: None

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Sublime - Edit

All the vegetarian food is off the charts! Masala Dosa with Coconut Chutney and Lentil Sambar is like crack!. Curry Veg with Tofu and Lemon Rice...more crack!

Pros: Wonderful staff, clean, good potions

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