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“Average food but gracious hostess”

Deeya Indian Cuisine
Ranked #139 of 695 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Austin, Texas
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172 reviews
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“Average food but gracious hostess”
Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

We ordered tandoori grill nonveg platter--all meat was dry but fish was good. Chicken biryani was just ok. Dal tadka was fantastic with hot butter tandoori rotis. Paneer butter masala, paneer tikka and tomato soup was very average-- overall the food is not something I would go back for. We were caught in traffic and had to order dinner over phone, we reached there at 10 pm but the hostess was very gracious and brought out hot freshly prepared dishes for us as soon as we arrived-- which was pretty much at their business closing time. Owner and her staff were courteous and didn't rush us-- definitely a very patient and good customer service!

  • Visited July 2013
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Belleair Beach, Florida
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“Greasy Indian”
Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

We gave this place another shot because surely I just ordered a dish I didn't like the first time. Nope. 3 of the 4 entrees I have tried now have been orange with grease and have tasted like the same recipe but just with different ingredients. I definitely won't be going back.

  • Visited May 2013
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st Petersburg, United States
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“Great Indian Food experince”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

I love the food at Deeya, their authentic Indian recipes are very tasty and prepared with quality ingredients. I have had the pleasure of dining at Deeya on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The owners are in the restaurant most days and are very accommodating and friendly toward their guests. I love the onion bhaji, the best I have been able to get in North America.

  • Visited February 2013
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Belleair Beach, Florida
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“Family recipe Indian food but not a culinary experience.”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

I say family recipe because all the prepared, non-tandoori, dishes all have very similar tastes; not unlike my grand mother's Italian. Oh, I still love my grandma's food but its very much based on her tastes, which reflect a narrower range of cooking options, seasoning, etc..

We went last night (Saturday) and started with splitting some daal soup. It was very nice. A little less lentil than we remember for this soup and a little more starchy (consistency) than we also remembered.

VEGETARIANS, take note...We ordered the cauliflower and potato dish and a green peas and potato dish. Both were very similar in construction and taste. Both vegetable dishes were actually greasy. The cauliflower dish was "swimming" in grease and In fact for both dishes, the longer they sat the more grease came to the surface. Now keep in mind, they're vegetable dishes. Why the heck do you need so much fat when Indian food has such good complexities adding so much fat not only "smooths" out the complexities, which is not preferred, it doesn't really add much in taste but makes the "vegetable" dish so unhealthy. The server saw this before bringing to the table and he also noticed how greasy it was(after we brought it to his attention). Furthermore the owner looked at it afterwards and agreed it was WAY TOO GREASY. I'm thinking "hey, then why did you both let this get brought to the table?". I felt bad for my fiance, who's vegan, because it was her birthday meal and we wanted to do something special.

Additionally they served my tandoori dish as if it was Mexican fajitas, with butter on the hot plate of onions and green peppers (the server and owner confirmed it was butter). Yes, it came out sizzling and smoky, which frankly is a tradition I've not seen a many really special Indian restaurants but more for the "masses" kind of places, but the butter added NOTHING in the way of taste except to make all of the grilled veges greasy and the meats greasy on the bottom. Other than the grease, the tandoori dish had very good flavor. How much grease? Well I lifted the dish at one end and the greasy butter "pooled" at the other end.

We also had garlic naan, and frankly, after looking at all the other dishes, it was also greasy with yellow butter lathered up over the all the slices.

The owner was nice and allowed us to replace it with another dish, but by then, my fiance was "done" and nothing could assuage her. They kindly removed the main offending cauliflower dish but I really wished they had removed both.

I tried to explain this to the owner who informed me that "some people just don't like grease so please let us know on your next visit and we wont put it on". This is EXACTLY something my grandmother would say in defense of HER family dishes.

The bottom line, really great Indian food that is a culinary experience has many complex features that are not obscured by using so much fat.

Its true, this IS the best Indian restaurant that I've been to in the area but that just tells you how low the bar is in the Tampa/St. Pete area when it comes to any ethnic food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“Indian food at its best”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

The spices and flavors of the chicken and vegetable dinners we ordered were superb. The wine, bread and cucumber sauce complimented the main dishes and created a wonderful experience for our party. The service staff treated us as guests at their table. I recommend this dinning experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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