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About Cilantro

Chirag Patel and Kalyan Tota are eager to share their traditional Indian dishes with the community at their new restaurant, Cilantro Indian Cuisine. The two business partners offer a varied menu of tandoori, biryani, naan and other spicy concoctions in downtown Winter Garden​

“The mentality is that Indian food is spicy,” Patel said. “But any one of these we can make mild. What makes us different is we do mild. Eighty-five percent of our clientele is an American crowd, so it has to be mild. Medium has to be medium.”

The mildest meal on the menu, he said, is the butter chicken.

The Cilantro menu is full of vegetarian entrees, such as Baingan Bharta, Channa Masala and Paneer Makhani; a variety of chicken sizzlers served in an iron skillet with mixed vegetables and cilantro rice; tandoori plates; biryani rice dishes with multiple meat choices; and a variety of chicken, goat, lamb and shrimp meals.

Patel recommends the Chicken Curry, Paneer Makhana, Paneer Tikka Masala, Kadai Paneer and Aloo Gobi. His favorite meal is the curry dish Vindaloo.

“The difference between other restaurants and us is — I always tell people who come in and order, ‘Our time frame is different because most of the stuff is made scratch,’” he said. “We make it fresh from the order. I know it takes time here, but people appreciate how fresh it is.”

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