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Silver Coin Indian Grill

3321 Lorna Road, Suite 13 (Hoover, the Village on Lorna shopping center)
Lunch and dinner. Full bar, banquet facilities. Offering a wide range of Indian dishes, including Southern Indian dishes not previously available in this area, Indo-Chinese dishes, chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetarian. The atmosphere is nice enough for date night but family-friendly, too. A personal favorite. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009.
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Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 09:35PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments20 Comments

Reader Comments (20)

Being an indian, I cannot help but crave for indian food every now and again. So as soon as I heard about this place I had to go check it out. It is very new and the owners are still working on getting their bearings. But all the times that I have been there the quality of the food was always impeccable. They also have a lunch buffet which is surprisingly freshly cooked, and complete with naan breads. The tandoori chicken served in the buffet was finger licking delicious. While ordering off the menu, if you like hot and spicy food, you need to specify it to the server. The menu is vast, but the servers are knowledgeable and answer your questions.

For dinner, I had fish curry and my husband had chicken curry. Both the dishes were cooked well, but not as hot and spicy as we like, since we were cautious while ordering. I believe they have a tandoor, which is a clay oven, in which the naan bread and the tandoori chicken is made. This gives it a very authentic taste.

Overall, every visit has been very satisfying. Once the owners get the process streamlined, this could be one of the best and crowded eating places. (August 2006)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHemangi Parab

As a transplany from Cali, I still think this is genuinely good Indian food. Def one of the best restaurants in Bham.

November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShia

I missed my favorite Indian places so much when we moved here from Atl. 3 yrs ago - but Silver Coin is as good or better! The dining room is attractive and upscale. The servers and management are so friendly that this is the only place we dare to bring our twin toddlers. They are cooed over so much that we can eat in peace while the staff entertains them. The buffets are always very hot and fresh with lots of good southern Indian dishes and always a little something sweet. We order to-go whenever our parents are in town b/c they love it as well. Everything is delicious, but we especially like the Chicken Mahknani, Chana Masala, Idly, and Lamb Rogan Josh. Mmmmmm...I think I need another curry fix soon!

December 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Silver Coin is definitely a MUST! Don't be hesitant if you've never had Indian food... and if you haven't, this is the place to have that first experience.

I love the Shrimp Vindaloo (I ordered it medium because when they say hot, they mean HOT). The Karahai Ghost (medium), which is a lamb dish is also very good.. We couldn't decide which was better. If you do go, make sure to get one of their breads... They have a "Tandoori Exotic Breads" selection and we got the Garlic Nan (which is leaveneed bread sprinkled with garlic). Next time, I'll try the Cheese Garlic Rosemary Bread.

We have also tried the Vegetable Somasa, which are deep fried patties stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes and peas... pretty good in my opinion.

We kept on having to take in this wonderful aroma of what smelled like fajitas (sizzling meats) and I don't know what it was, but from the aroma, I really want to try it on my next visit!

And, of course, we drank the Indian Import King Fisher for our beer selection.

I can't WAIT to go back!!!

February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB&B

I travel on business and often dine alone. So, I arrived at Silver Coin returning from a business trip recently. I arrive, dressed nicely in a skirt and sweater. I was offered a cluttered bar seat and when I declined, the hostess spent several moments (with PLENTY of empty tables) walking back and forth...it was VERY clear she was unhappy with seating a single diner. I inquired finally if there was a problem and she seated me. The service then was poor while other diners around me were served faster and better. The food was good but the unfriendliness to a single diner was awful as was the service. I'm not in a hurry to go back.

March 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I loved Maharaja of India when I lived in Tuscaloosa, and have missed it since I moved to BHM. When I read the Silver Coin restaurant review on Bhamdining.com, I knew we had to try it. We loved it! The naan was warm and flaky, and the chicken tikka masala was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. I can't wait to go back -- I know it will be soon!

March 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

silvercoin has really become a best place for us to dine in in bham, The restaurant is beautifully decorated and is spacious with very good parking area.Food is so yummy...hmmmmmmmmmmm.....chicken tikka masala is the best. I was amazed to see the long crepe on a table next to me, and asked my server, she told it was paper masala dosa. I wanted to try it then but was already full so made up my mind to try that in my next visit.the food was excellent and bread was the best. I tried the mix tandoori platter and chicken tikka masala with one of my meal as a combo and that was so good experience to taste different variety. the server was really very helpful and the mangement was so organized. But, the only unprofessional part of the restaurant was the hostess. I saw her walking without her shoes in the dining room and was dressed in an unprofessional way. everything else was superb. Thanks to the server, she was very knowledgeable and helpful for the fisrt time diner. I walked home with a pack of to go the leftovers.

April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorthy

Absolutely love this place. I could live on their raita and mango chutney. My favorite Naan breads are the garlic and the one that has cherries in it. The cherries sounds a little different, but makes a nice contrast to the spicy entrees. They also request how spicy you want your dishes, which I find to be very thoughtful of them. I usually stick to the vegetarian meals b/c Indian food seems so right to me this way. I like their chicken too though.

I'm so thankful to have an alternative to Taj India. They are quite rude there.

May 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKH

Simpkly the BEST, but can be pricey..

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterButterfly

I went tonight with my husband and 1 year old son. We loved it! Our waiter was very helpful, hostess was upbeat and happy. We enjoyed everything about our meal. Make sure you ask wait staff to help you through your first visit. They will make sure you enjoy what you order. We really loved the seabass and lamb chops from the tandoori special.We look forward to coming back soon with friends.

June 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Best restaurant in Birmingham! Service is great and food is outstanding. My husband and I frequent this restaurant and have tried several dishes on the menu. Everything we've tried has been wonderful. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Silver Coin for a truly enjoyable dining experience!

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

We have been to Silver Coin about 8 times. My Indian associate in practice recommended it to us. It is a great place for large parties (6-8). Often, no long wait and the food is great. Even first timers to Indian food enjoy it. Just order mild on the spice unless you enjoy hot, spicy food. The Tandoori Chicken is my favorite entree. The bread with cherries and nuts (kabuli nan) is very good. Highly recommended.

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Silver Coin is one of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham. They have a Wednesday night buffet for one price, which is a good opportunity to try new dishes. The service is prompt. I recommend adding the 'combo' to any dish you order, which includes yogurt, dal makhani, rice, and an ample quantity of naan.

September 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermb

I agree going on wed night is a good way to try out a variety of options. They also had belly dancing when I went this week. Not exactly sure what that has to do with indian culture but ok. Not only did I get the buffet but I also had to get Malai Kofta (veggie alternative to meatballs). Dosa with potato/lentil stuffing also came with the buffet. I love idly soaked in the sambar or you can try it with the green and brown sauces they have available on the last buffet stand. Service is always great here too. They are always refilling glasses and guiding you through the menu/dishes if you need help.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRA

My husband and I recently visited Silver Coin for the first time, and we could not have been happier with the food and service we received. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and shown to our seat, where our server immediately provided pappadum, sauces, and water. Our server was attentive, answering all our questions patiently, and the food was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna K

I have been eating here for at least 2 years now. FAR superior to Taj India, where the service has gone downhill and the food has gotten terribly greasy. The wait staff at Silver Coin is very attentive and friendly, and there are tons of great vegetarian options as well (I am not a vegetarian). I will return again and again.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJF

The food is fabulous, the variety of different regional dishes represented impressive, and it's well worth the drive, even though we live closer to Taj India. My one consistent complaint is that they are constantly burning incense that permeates the entire restaurant. This may be part of a religious ritual, but the intense odor not only bothers me but also affects my sense of taste. If they would only burn it on holidays or just for a minute or two instead of letting the whole stick smolder for hours, this place would be perfect.

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckibob

Silver Coin is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham. The service is always fast and friendly. The staff is always ready to make suggestions or answer questions. And the food - it gets better every time. I love to go with 3 or 4 other people and have everyone sample all the different dishes. The paper masala dosa, the Palak Paneer and the chicken tikka masala are all favorites.

I'm not sure what they've done to their website, but my virus protection is going crazy today when I try to load their site.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

I used to love this place, but now I have some complaints. They do overdo the incense as mentioned. They also always make it frigid. And since opening, they have raised their prices, which I'm not totally against normally, but its not like it was particularly cheap to begin with. And on top of that, the last time I went the quality seems to have gone down. However, I'll give it another try.

December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShia

Went back and I'm glad to say that my last visit was a freak occurrence. It's still by far the best and only genuinely good Indian place in the area!

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShia

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