Woodlands Indian Cuisine is a vegetarian Indian restaurant on OBT that is truly a great spot to eat. I was first introduced to it by a co-worker of mine for lunch and have been hooked ever since. It’s funny that a few days later, I spoke to a friend of mine who knows some great Indian establishments, and mentioned the Woodlands to her. Not only did she know about the Woodlands, but she was pissed (well as upset as she never is) that I had to opportunity to eat there more recently than she did. Slowly but surely I began to realize that this particular Woodlands location was a pretty big favorite amongst Orlando locals. In fact, I’m still amazed at the number of people who already know about this place. I will admit, I do have to be in the mood for Indian food, but most of the time the mood is available. I think it’s because I’m Cajun, but I’m not sure. I’m used to a lot of stews and sauces with varied contents so when I can’t find a good gumbo or etouffee, Indian food is a great substitute.
Lunch at the Woodlands offers a very high-quality buffet (~$7.99) with a good assortment of sauces, stews, salads, rices, and breads. Additionally, I’m not sure if they charge for it, but they serve this pancake thing with your meal that tastes great (especially with the coconut chutney). I’ve had no issues with the service since I’ve been going. The restaurant may appear a bit rundown from the outside, but inside it feels relatively clean and well kept. For what it’s worth, we’ve never had an issue splitting checks either.
I really like the Woodlands for lunch; I hear dinner there is just as good. I didn’t think I’d consider vegetarian cuisine an ample substitute for the other Indian restaurants I’ve visited, but the Woodlands definitely surprised me. I’d suggest it to anyone who is willing to try a great restaurant that doesn’t already know about it.
Woodlands Indian Cuisine is located at 6040 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL
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