With the addition of the Taste of India restaurant, Sebring offers yet another gem of international dining to residents and visitors alike. Here in the heart of the Highlands, we enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, country cookin’, and now, tantalizing menu delights from India.
Shaji George (just call him George) and his wife, Ellie, moved from Connecticut looking to open their authentic Indian restaurant. By chance, they found a great spot in Sebring where the closest Indian restaurant is at least 90 miles away. From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by the owner and friendly staff and are surrounded by a warm and inviting atmosphere. The bright and beautiful main dining area is decorated with Indian novelties, and there is even a private room that will seat up to 15 people.
Taste of India offers traditional Northern and Southern Indian cuisine prepared by head chef, Lijesh MK. They use only Halal meat which are meats permitted to eat under Islamic law. This requires that pork not be served and only certain cuts of other meats may be used.
Once seated, diners are served freshly made Butter Naan while they study the large variety of Indian specialties such as Chicken Tilkka Masala, a chicken breast baked in tandoor and cooked in a creamy tomato sauce. Lamb Madras is prepared in hot coconut curry with red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Beef cooked with roasted coconut, black pepper corn curry leaves is ordered as Beef Pepper Fry.
There is also a wide selection of vegetarian delights ranging from eggplant, potato and onion to mixed vegetables prepared with traditional sauces and spices. The beverage selection includes Indian and domestic wines and beers to pair with your meal.
During lunch hours, one can choose from a buffet filled with homemade salads, sauces and a variety of Indian favorites that change daily. This reviewer’s personal favorite is the Chicken Chettinadu, a perfect melody of curry, roasted coconut and spicy black pepper sauce. All menu items are prepared to order to accommodate special requests and levels of spiciness.
I really enjoyed my dining experience and have heard nothing but rave reviews from people around the community about this restaurant. Heard often is the response that the servings are generous, delicious, and the prices reasonable.
Taste of India is located at 3545 US Hwy 27 S., in Sebring. The restaurant is easily identified by the unique roof with upturned corners. They also offer the convenience of catering, takeout and delivery services and may be reached by phone at (863) 314-6351. Add a little spice to your palate; Taste of India is definitely worth a try.