Restaurant review

Not-so-royal treatment at Fort Lauderdale’s Royal India


If you go

Place: Royal India

Address: 3801 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale

Contact: 954-964-0071,

Prices: Moderate. Lunch buffet $7.95 weekdays, $8.95 weekends.

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily

FYI: Beer and wine. Free lot parking. Major credit cards accepted.

Royal India is a destination. If you don’t live nearby, little besides the allure of Indian food will get you to this part of Griffin Road. Open the front door, and the wonderful aroma will remind you why you’re here.

On one visit, however, the promise of curry and masala wasn’t enough to keep us waiting in the lobby after no one approached us for 10 minutes. A man we believed to be the owner followed us to our car and begged us to come back. We didn’t.

On another try, this time with a reservation, three people promised to be "with you in a minute" before we were finally seated. After 22 years, you’d think Royal India would know how to handle arriving guests, because in the restaurant business, entrances and exits are the most important moments of a meal.

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