Mar 12, 2024 - News

Vayal's Indian Kitchen: A new central Phoenix restaurant to try

A plastic tray segmented into four sections, with different kinds of food in each section.

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I love Indian food. But despite all the great restaurants in central Phoenix, my neighborhood doesn't have a lot of Indian options.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I pulled into a parking lot recently and stumbled upon Vayal's Indian Kitchen.

State of play: Vayal's started out as a food truck in 2022, and opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in January at 507 W. Thomas Road.

What I ordered: The Chicken Curry Platter, which also comes with saag paneer and aloo gobi.

  • The spiciness options range from 1 to 10. I'm never quite sure what to expect with such scales, so I ordered a 7 and hoped for the best.

The verdict: The meal didn't disappoint. Though the curry was less spicy than I expected, it was perfectly seasoned, providing some kick while letting the flavor speak for itself, and the chicken was delicious.

  • The naan was tender enough to chew easily but sturdy enough to do its job of sopping up the curry.
  • The saag paneer and aloo gobi were also great.

Reality check: Vayal's is definitely working its way into my regular restaurant rotation.

You tell us: What are the Valley's best Indian restaurants?

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