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New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Rich S » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:05 pm

There's a "coming soon" sign for Clay Oven Indian Restaurant next to the Kroger on Shelbyville Road in Middletown. I couldn't find a website for the place, and the sign doesn't say when it will open.
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Mark R. » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:27 pm

We saw the sign for that last week and wondered about it also. Doesn't look like they've done much work yet on the building so I'm sure it will be a while. It'll be interesting to see what it's like.
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Mary Anne » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:45 pm

They are open, have a Facebook page and a lunch buffet, anyone been yet?
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Lonnie Turner » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:46 pm

Haven't been yet but they have a website:
http://www.clayovenlouisville.com
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Mary Anne » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:18 pm

Took one for the team. Turned out it's Senior Wednesday at Kroger. Met my friend there and got a table behind an elderly couple who completely preoccupied me for the entire meal. Well, she of the couple preoccupied me...Hideously allergic to garlic and insistent that she did not want to order off the menu and wanted the buffet, the staff was unceasingly patient and kind to her as she asked them over and over and over which dishes had garlic. What about this one? What about this? This is why I do not wait tables and always over tip. Do they take Shalimar coupons? Why not?! :roll:

Buffet was good, lots of options for every taste. The usual suspects and a few extra, some "asian inspired" Indian dishes, one they were calling chow mein, one sesame chicken, neither were what you'd expect, but both were tasty. They are posting their buffet items on their Facebook page every day. Today was: Tomato Shorba, Rice Pulao, Basmati Rice, Goat Curry, Tandori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Sesame, Vegetable Pakora, Naan, Chana Saag, Dal Tadka, Aloo Bell pepper, Cabbage Masala, Gulab Jamun, Rice Pudding, Mango Fruit Pudding, Gajar Halwa, Samosa Chaat, Garden Salad, Kachumber Salad, Raita, Tamarind Sauce, Hot Sauce , Onion Chutney, Mint Chutney, Fresh Fruits and more. Heat level is very very low, I mentioned this to our attentive server Budda and he said they were unprepared for people wanting more spicy food, and they are going to ramp up the heat level going forward. Service was great, very attentive and friendly, and like I said, incredibly patient with the anti-garlic lady. By the time we left she was calling for a dinner menu. :shock:
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by looi » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:30 am

Asian inspired? the last time I checked, India and the whole subcontinent is still in Asia, south Asia.
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Robin Garr » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:21 am

looi wrote:Asian inspired? the last time I checked, India and the whole subcontinent is still in Asia, south Asia.

Perhaps these dishes are what many Indians call "Indo-Chinese," which is parallel to what we call "Chinese-American"?
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Mary Anne » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:43 am

looi wrote:Asian inspired? the last time I checked, India and the whole subcontinent is still in Asia, south Asia.


Thank you for the correction Looi. It is true, India is Asia, but when I hear anyone talk about Asian food, Indian food doesn't come to mind. Or at least doesn't come to my mind. This was indeed Indo Chinese, Chinese/American with an Indian spin. Their menu says that they are the "aroma of the Himalayas". :)
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Robin Garr » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:09 am

Mary Anne wrote: This was indeed Indo Chinese, Chinese/American with an Indian spin. Their menu says that they are the "aroma of the Himalayas". :)

Sitar on Bardstown, and I think Bombay Grill on North Hurstbourne, have "Indo-Chinese" menu sections, and the dishes therein are some of the hottest I have ever had in Louisville. :oops:
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Jason M » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:29 am

Robin Garr wrote:
looi wrote:Asian inspired? the last time I checked, India and the whole subcontinent is still in Asia, south Asia.

Perhaps these dishes are what many Indians call "Indo-Chinese," which is parallel to what we call "Chinese-American"?


They have a small Nepali menu, which has elements of Indian and Chinese cuisines.

I also had lunch at Clay Oven yesterday. I would say the vegetarian dishes were outstanding, with good variety and a couple of things I had not seen at other local places. The meat dishes, however, were limited in number (Chicken Tikka Masala, Goat Curry, and Sesame Chicken) and frankly were not that great.
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Iggy C » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:15 pm

While I don't go wild for Indo-Chinese, I tend to interpret its presence as a sign that a restaurant is expecting a significant South Asian clientele -- definitely a good thing in my book. I am particularly excited by the presence of momos. Is this place run by Nepalese?
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Robin F. » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:54 pm

Dak-shin has a whole menu section devoted to Indo-Chinese dishes.
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Re: New Indian restaurant in Middletown

by Iggy C » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:57 pm

Dakshin kicks ass. One of my favorites. They have a tamarind okra dish and a peanut eggplant dish I've never had anywhere else.

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