Went out to Laziz for Indian food. It was new to me and also some of my friends first time having Indian food so I must say it was a fun experience. The location is great because there's lots of cultural restaurant in the area, there's Indian, Pizza, Latin, Thai and Japanese all in one plaza. The interior is a bit small but very comfortable to be in.
We first started out with these very light crunchy things similar to tortilla chips and a red salsa like dip. I'm not sure what they were but they were addicting to eat while waiting for your order!
We got the Laziz Full Platter which consist of samosa, vegetable pakoras, cheese pakoras and chicken pakora. I had a few pieces off this plate but wasn't really interested in it. There was also a cilantro dip which was good and also a tamarind dip that came with it. The tamarind dip was very interesting, tasted exactly like tamarind, sweet, tangy and unique.
We ended up ordering around 6 different meals. I can't exactly remember all the names but the one on the left was Daal Makhani (Black lentils cooked for various hours with spices and flavored with herbs). And I put everything we ordered onto a plate, there was Lamb Curry (Tender pieces of lamb cooked with tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic and spices), Lamb Saag (Lamb prepared with spinach and a delicate blend of spices), 2 types of chicken dishes and Shrimp Makhani (Shrimp cooked in a creamy tomato sauce).
The Daal Makhani was really good especially the fact that it is a vegetarian dish. It looked a bit weird because there was no solid pieces in the dish but it went well with the long grain rice. The lamb was good! It's one of my favorite kind of meats. The chicken dishes were really good too, there were good piece of chicken in the dish and the flavor went well together. The shrimp was really good too ^_^! I thought the night went well but I do have to say it was pretty pricey for the serving we got, well to me. I guess because it's not "American" it comes out expensive just like every other cultural restaurant in the area. Expensive! It was 12-15 bucks per serving. Or maybe I'm just really broke and cheap right now :(!
We had dessert which was really unique. We had Rasmalai (Homemade fresh cheese soaked in sweetened milk, topped with pistachios). I wasn't a big fan of this because it felt like I was eating a piece of sponge. It rubbed against my tongue and teeth similar to rubbing a sponge soaked in bleach against plastic. The sauce was good but I have to pass on this dessert. I also tried some Gulab Jamun (Milk and cream balls dipped in syrup), which tasted better then the rasmalai but it still wasn't something I would care for.
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2475 N McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, Florida 33759
Clearwater, Florida 33759