Arun’s Indian Kichen

10278 W. Sample Rd.
Coral Springs, FL
954-227-1123
Critics' Pick

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  • Monday through Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m.
At the top of Yelp's 2015 Hot 100 Places To Eat in Broward and Palm Beach sits Arun's Indian Kichen in Coral Springs. Since opening in 2014, the restaurant has retained a top spot on Yelp's Hot 100 in South Florida (and #16 on the user-reviewed site's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.). Today, with more than 600 reviews, of which over 500 are rated five stars, Arun's can be considered the number-one-rated Indian restaurant in the area -- especially according to Yelpers (and us). For the restaurant's chef-owner Arun Sareen, the secret to such success isn't just the food coming out of his tiny takeout kitchen. Most important, it's about customer service. A self-taught chef, Sareen opened his first restaurant, Khana Kh'zana, in Coral Springs in 2010 and sold two years later. Today, hardly anyone speaks of the old restaurant, which still operates nearby. Instead, Sareen's loyal patronage now head across the road to his small takeout restaurant situated at the center of a narrow shopping plaza off Sample Road. Here, they'll happily wait up to 45 minutes for a taste of his homemade fare. Like many Indian restaurants, vegetable dishes dominate the menu. Of the more than 15 dishes, the paneer korma is dubbed a "royal delicacy" with its combination of fresh cottage cheese cubes in a dulcet cream sauce alongside vegetables that absorb the liquid like a sponge, producing a sloppy mess that's perfect for shoveling into your mouth via a handful of naan. Sareen's butter chicken — a classic Indian staple — has gained a cult-like status, consisting of buttery-soft cubes of chicken bobbing in a mild, orange-tinged curry stew. By far the most popular dish on the menu, he'll serve dozens a day, his tomato-and-onion base thickened more from pureed almonds than butter and seasoned with garam masala, giving it a velvety texture and smooth, nutty flavor. For dessert, try the galubjamun, a sort of fortune cookie to the Indian takeout experience: tiny golden fried balls of milk pastry soaked in sweet cardamom syrup that are best when warm.

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