Get Your Curry Kick at Indian Bistro in St. Pete Beach

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Get Your Curry Kick at Indian Bistro in St. Pete Beach

Chow down on classics like tikka masala, palak paneer, and more at Indian Bistro in St. Pete Beach. Page through the menu and you’ll find a wide variety of meaty, vegetarian and vegan entrees, kebabs, appetizers and a great selection of styles of naan and more. If you don’t know Indian food that well or you always order the same thing like me, you’re in luck because the menu is easy to translate and has photos of everything.

Indian Bistro is located at St. Pete Beach in the shopping center across from the main public beach access. The location is perfect for beach goers and locals alike. I found on all of my visits that it’s a mix of regulars and tourists that dine in or stop in to place orders for take out.

For something this casual, both the heat and the portion sizes at Indian Bistro are insanely generous.

For a satisfying experience, start with the Samosas. They’re puff pastries stuffed with potato, peas and spices. I didn’t know I needed this combination of surprisingly a little sweetness, a lot of savory, spices, warmth and crisp all in one bite. Divine. If you have room for an appetizer, I would definitely recommend ordering them. Served with a chutney sauce and a chef’s special sauce.

Samosas Indian Bistro
Samosas
Samosas Bite Indian Bistro
Samosas Bite

The naan is absolutely delightful. They have regular Naan, Garlic Naan, Garlic and Chili Naan, Aloo (Potato) Naan, and Paneer (Cheese) Naan. The regular naan is a perfectly buttery, soft and lightly chewy flatbread that you can enjoy on its own, topped with your entree ingredients or smothered in a tangy Indian sauce of your choosing. Best naan ever. I also loved the Garlic and Chili Naan which had a great heat to it. The seasoning was impeccable and extremely craveable.

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Naan
Indian Bistro Garlic and Chilli Naan
Garlic and Chili Naan

The Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty) Chaat caught my attention because I love chickpeas and potatoes and this appetizer is described on the menu as a potato patty with chickpeas and condiments. I think it was topped with a yogurt-like condiment, chutneys, and a lot of seasonings. I really enjoyed the warm potato patties and the chickpeas separately but the hot/cold and array of textures was a little awkward for my liking.

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Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty) Chaat Indian Bistro
Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty) Chaat

Tender, fiery and flavorful. The Chicken Tikka Masala was exactly what I came here for. If you’re new to Indian cuisine, try this. Imagine tender pieces of marinated chicken simmered in a tomato based curry with ginger, garlic and onion. I ordered it mild but if you’re feeling frisky and want more spice, you can. This is served with basmati rice and I also highly encourage an order of the naan. If chicken doesn’t appeal to you, try the goat, fish, lamb or shrimp. This dish serves 1-2 people, hello leftovers.

Chicken Tikka Masala Indian Bistro
Chicken Tikka Masala

I wanted to try one of the sizzling platters with options like Chicken Seekh Kabab (boneless), Chicken Tikka (boneless), Tandoori Chicken (bone-in), and Paneer (cottage cheese) Tikka. I’ve heard of tandoori chicken but haven’t tried it before. When researching a little on my phone at the restaurant, I came across a description that stated it is a “dish made from chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and roasted in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven.” Sounded good to me. Once I took the first bite I knew I just had the best chicken ever. It was so moist and  juicy. The array of flavors along with the tenderness of the chicken was the best experience of Indian food and technique I’ve ever tasted. Though so simple, it was incredible. The platter came with grilled onions and bell peppers, rice or naan and any side. I got rice and naan because I couldn’t decide.

Tandoori Chicken Indian Bistro
Tandoori Chicken

Korma is a runner up as my second favorite Indian food now. This comforting dish is a gentle blend of Indian spices that’s not too spicy but still has a subtle kick when ordered mild. I tried the lamb and it was very tender and buttery just like the chicken.

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Indian Bistro Korma with Lamb
Korma with Lamb

I invited Auntie Karen with me and she was a little skeptical about the place. It’s slightly unassuming from the outside but that’s the charm that I love about these hole in the wall restaurants. The truest example of “if you know, you know”. She was pleasantly surprised with everything and I’m so glad. She ordered the Curry with Shrimp at a medium spice level. The flavors were earthy and savory and the shrimp had a nice crisp pop to it.

Indian Bistro Curry with Shrimp
Curry with Shrimp

All in all, the entrees at Indian Bistro are all sure to satisfy your tastebuds whether you’re an Indian food enthusiast or if you’re trying it out for the first or second time. They have been around since 2006 with their first location in Clearwater and now the St. Pete Beach restaurant. They have more than 50 years of combined experience in the kitchen creating delicious Indian Cuisine. As someone who likes Indian food but isn’t as familiar with it, I found it very approachable and the waitress was very friendly and helpful with her recommendations.

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Indian Bistro Menu
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Indian Bistro Menu Back
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  • Indian Bistro
  • (727)954-7355
  • Indian, British Colonial Indian Cuisine
    • Mon - Sun 11:30am - 9:30pm
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  • 4785 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, US

Indian Bistro is one of the oldest family run Indian restaurants in Clearwater and Tampa Bay area.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, & Lindsey do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

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