Check your Urban Spoon app, Google it, Yelp it, Yahoo it – everyone agrees and this Louisville local can concur – Kashmir is Louisville’s best Indian restaurant, hands down. It’s won the local independent paper, the LEO‘s, “Best Indian Restaurant” every year since 2002; the only reason it didn’t win in 2010 was due to a fire that closed the (ultimately relocated, one renovated house down) restaurant for most of the year. Kashmir has bounced back, however, and the place is hopping; if you go on a weekend (or during a warm evening) you can expect to wait, as Kashmir’s excellence is no secret around town. Not only do they have a tasty lunch buffet, but their dinner menu is huge. Think the usual tandoori (but never dry!), several different types of fresh-made nan, vindaloo and saag dishes, but you have to sample their curries – they are flavorful and bright and oh-so-yummy. You either get low heat (“mild”) or high octane (“hot”) in terms of your spice choices, but if the waiter recommends a level to you, take their advice – lamb briyani (infused with raisins, nuts, and fresh peas) is plenty spicy, even at the mild level. Their vegetable samosas are the best I’ve ever had, and you’d be a damn fool to pass up their chana masala. There’s not a bar, but they have a decent wine and beer list to help you cool off your exotic-spiced tongue – that is, if you’re not feeling the pistachio-colored and delectable kulfi ice cream. The family-operated business offers absent-minded but friendly service with a smile, and, as you roll yourself back to your car (park across the street to save hassle) you’ll be so glad you took a little trip to Northern India via Louisville.
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