Restaurant Review Roulette: Paradise India Cuisine

The tag line of Morrisville’s Paradise India Cuisine is, “The way Biryani is meant to be!”  Hell, I wouldn’t know biryani if I buried my face in it, as Indian food just might be the cuisine where I am the most ignorant.  Moreover, I don’t squat  about this restaurant.  But first, a warning: The website has music, so beware (although it can be turned off).  The menu is extensive.  They specialize in Hyderabadi cuisine.

Oh, this is the restaurant that Greg Cox is reviewing this Friday (at least that’s what Greg Cox told me, as the N&O failed to include its typical teaser in today’s paper).  Maybe because this review wasn’t worth forecasting.  Or maybe because — well, that’s really the only reason not to mention it.

Anyhow, the Urbanspoon page on Paradise IC is one big “meh,” with too many uses of the word, “suck.”   That’s not a good sign.  Yelp is not much better.  And after looking at those two, I just didn’t have the energy to try and find out what Chowhound had to say.  I’m ready to stick out my neck with this week’s odds and declare that Greg Cox will give P.I.C. two and one-half stars.  There you go.

But the big question I have is how in the world did they manage to get the domain name, “”  And do they greet people with a, “Welcome to paradise?”  Green Day would be so proud.  Those characteristics alone should give it an extra star (and that’s why I’m still saying 2.5).  Anyhow, here are this week’s odds:

5 stars — 500 to 1

4.5 stars – 450 to 2

4 stars —  40 to 3

3.5 stars — 3.5 to 1

3 stars — 3 to 2

2.5 stars —  2.5 to 2.5

2 stars — 2 to 1

1.5 stars — 15 to 4

1 star — 10 to 1

So, am I missing something with this little slice of Paradise?  How many stars will it get?


Edit — October 15, 2010 — It’s a 3 star review for Paradise, with Greg Cox calling it a “colorful culinary adventure.”


7 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Paradise India Cuisine

  1. Rafe says:

    Biryani is an awesome rice dish. The place to get it is Laziz Biryani Corner in the Go Pak convenience store on Hillsborough Street. Delicious and cheap.

  2. dmccall says:

    All of the Indian restaurants in the area are either nasty or pretty expensive. This one appears to fall in the latter category, with chicken dishes that are $13. By the time you add soup and nan, you’re talking about a meal that is $22-$25/person. I also wonder what the point of reviewing a forgettable Indian restaurant in RTP is.

  3. MikeB says:

    Oddly enough, this is the one restaurant that my Indian coworker recommends. We work at the Capital Blvd split so other popular places like Taj Mahal and Royal India are nearby but she says this one is much better. I think different reviews are likely due to Southern vs. Northern Indian cuisine. My understanding is that most Indian restaurants are geared towards Northern cuisine but Paradise India is southern.

  4. Darah says:

    I don’t think any of the other local Indian restaurants have as snazzy of a website as they do…they get at least 4 stars for that!

  5. JaneS says:

    @MikeB: I, too, suspected that the different reviews were due to the fact that Hyderabad is in South India and the cuisine of that region is vastly different from the Northern cuisine that is available in most Indian restaurants. However, after looking at the menu, I was surprised to see so many Northern Indian dishes on the dinner menu. While I am curious to see Mr. Cox has to say about it, I plan on check it out for myself.
    @dmmcall: as a transplanted Northern Virginian, I’m constantly surprised at what constitutes “expensive” in the triangle. I think $13 is quite reasonable.
    @Dean: sorry I missed the party. I hear the pork was delicious.

  6. neal2zod says:

    I agree alot of Indian buffets are forgettable, but I think Paradise has been awesome both times i went for lunch. The buffet has way more options and is much more flavorful than Zayka or Saffron, and I’d say it’s slightly better than Spice & Curry. Word of warning – the food was actually REALLY spicy both times I went, like “break out into sweats” spicy, which may catch some people by surprise. The customer service was nice and friendly too. I can see why they got a solid review.

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