Tandoori anyone? Mount Dora is abuzz about the new Indian restaurant, Shiva, opening downtown. Experienced restaurateurs, Davinder (D.K.) and Vhonda Kumar, along with their partner Devendra Patel, hope to open on April 4 after incurring some delays.
Shiva will diversify Mount Dora's dining options with the bold flavors of India and feature an extensive menu of traditional Indian dishes like Butter Chicken, Paneer Makhani, Tandoori, Chicken Korma and plenty of vegetarian options. An Indian meal would not be complete without the popular naan bread and Shiva will not disappoint.
Indian Cuisine varies by region, but the distinctive spices include cardamom, chilli pepper, tumeric, garlic, ginger, black mustard seed, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and the spice blend garam masala. The result is a bold and deeply flavorful ethnic fare that delights adventurous foodies. Due to the varying preferences of diners, dishes can be ordered mild, medium or hot.
Cooking since he was young in New Dehli, D.K. uses his own family's recipes for a variety of chicken, lamb, shrimp and vegetarian dishes. While he is stirring things up in the kitchen, Vonda, a Eustis High School alumni, will be tending to guests. The enterprising couple met while living in France, where they lived for 20 years and had three children before returning to Vonda's Lake County roots.
After closing their Lake Square Mall restaurant in 2011, the Kumars searched for the perfect downtown location for nearly two years, before selecting the cozy Fifth Avenue storefront which is expected to seat between 30-35 diners.
Shiva, named for one of the three major deities of Hinduism, will be open seven days a week at 11 am to serve lunch and dinner. The lunch buffet will feature 8 items for $9.99. Dinner will feature their expansive menu instead of the buffet. The restaurant, located at 140 W. 5th Avenue in downtown Mount Dora, will be open until 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30 pm on all other days. To stay up-to-date on the restaurant's opening, click here.
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