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Indian, South/Southeast Asian
124 N. Walnut
Occupying a sunny corner spot on the downtown Square, Amrit India offers a popular buffet stocked with favorites such as chicken tikki masala and saag paneer along with naan, pakora, salads, and chutneys. The full menu is extensive, with lots of vegetarian and seafood options. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for daily buffet selections. • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$6.99, lunch buffet $8.99, vegetarian specials $9.99–12.99, dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Anyetsang’s Little Tibet
East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian
415 E. 4th St.
This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: Lunch entrées $8.95, dinner appetizers $6.95, entrées $12.95, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
South/Southeast Asian, Thai
2920 E. Convenanter Dr.
The large, airy dining room of the former Limestone Grille now houses Bangkok Thai. The traditional Thai menu offers noodle dishes, seafood, curries, and fried rice. Try the Drunken Man’s Noodles — wide rice noodles stir-fried with basil, peppers, and egg in a spicy sauce. • Prices: Appetizers $5.95–$11.95, entrées $12.95–$15.95, noodles $10.95–$11.95 • Hours: Lunch Tu.–Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Tu.–Th. 5–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Fair Labor, South/Southeast Asian, Thai
221 E. Kirkwood
House specialties at this bright and airy restaurant at the back of Victoria Towers are based on family recipes. Try the Yum Khai, a spicy grilled chicken salad with shallots, cilantro, tomato, and lime juice, or the Moo Num Tok (grilled pork with onion, mint, and chilies). Noodle dishes and curries are also first-rate. • Prices: Appetizers $6–$10.95, lunch entrées $8.95–$10.95, dinner entrées $9.95–$15.95, desserts $3–$6 • Hours: Sun.–Mon., Wed.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Tu.; Reservations recommended on weekends. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
413 E. 4th St.
This tiny 4th Street gem serves Burmese food — an exotic mix of Chinese, Thai, and Indian with a savory character all its own. Lots of curries and noodle dishes and many vegetarian options. Try the paratha with yellow chickpea curry and the tea leaf salad! • Prices: Appetizers and salads $6.19–$11.39, entrées $10.29–$13.39 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
My Thai Cafe
Asian, Soup, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
3316 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2234
402 E. 4th St. • 812-333-3993
The first location for this beautiful little restaurant is hidden away in a strip mall on the west side of Bloomington. My Thai Cafe’s second location is on 4th Street restaurant row and also serves Thai family recipes cooked to your preferred degree of spiciness. Look for noodle dishes featuring the sweet and spicy “chef’s gravy,” and try the fragrant curries. • Prices: Appetizers $5.95–$10.95, entrées $7.95–$15.95 • Hours: West 3rd Street lunch Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Mon.–Th. 4:30–9 p.m. Friday 4:30–10 p.m. Sat. 3–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. East 4th Street lunch Tu.–Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. noon–3 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Tu.–Th. 4:30–9 p.m. Fri. 4:30–10 p.m. Sat. 3–10 p.m. Sun. 3–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Korean, South/Southeast Asian, Sushi, Thai
1420 E. 3rd St.
At this one-stop Asian restaurant, choose from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese options. The sushi menu is extensive, with rolls to fit any budget. Bento boxes allow for variety; try one with sashimi, tempura, and a California roll. The contemporary dining room is full of cozy, private booths. • Prices: Appetizers $4–$7, specialty rolls $10–$14, entrées $7–$13 • Hours: Mon.– Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
430 E. 4th St.
The 90-item menu was one of the first local restaurants to list vegetarian options using healthy, fresh foods. Specialties include pad thai, curries, combo seafood platters, spicy Thai and coconut-milk soups, and miang kom (fresh spinach leaves folded into a cone and filled with ginger, peanuts, coconut, etc.). • Prices: Appetizers $5–$6, entrées $9–$14, desserts $2–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (lunch buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m.) Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Taste of India
Buffet, Fair Labor, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian
316 E. 4th St.
This airy, casual restaurant specializes in northern-and southern-Indian cuisine. The tikkas, vindaloos, and kormas are all good and cooked to your desired level of spiciness. The southern-Indian dosa — a lentil-and-rice crêpe with various fillings — is terrific. Slather on some coconut chutney and enjoy with a savory tamarind lentil stew. • Prices: Lunch buffet $8.50, appetizers $3.50–$6.95, entrées $7.95–$14.95, desserts $2.95–$3.50 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Taste of India here!