Closed as of Jul 25 11

1761 E. Warner Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85284
480-777-3466

Vegan-Friendly

3.0 / 5 votes

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Southern and Northern Indian Cuisine

Priya is class. From its fine decor to its delicious cuisine, Priya delivers a first-rate vegetarian dining experience.

Yes, it's a vegetarian's dream; chockful of choices from Southern India, including the Utappam, a griddled rice-flour pancake with onions and chile; or the Masala Dosa, a crisy crepe filled with potatoes and peas.

Northern Indian vegetarian selections are especially tasty. Try the Bhendi Masala Curry, a combination of okra and tomato; or the Bagara Bangan, an eggplant dish. Fit for a King and Queen!

The atmosphere is quiet and the dim lights make this a perfect romantic evening out.

Added by Steve Carlson on Sep 2 04 (last updated Jul 13 13)

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I went to Priya once, and I have to say, I will not be returning. Of the three people in my party, all three of us got sick after eating the food, vegetarian and non-vegetarians alike. I am a big fan of Indian food, and Priya epitomizes strip mall dining. The atmosphere conjures images of a hotel room, albeit with more apathetic room service. Priya does offer a variety of dishes that may not be available at most Indian restaurants in the valley, but this is not enough to put them ahead in my book. If you love dosas, and I sure do, head up McClintock to Udupi and save yourself an evening in the bathroom.


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Things must have changed at Priya.

Priya isn't very classy.
The decor is not fine, nor is the atmosphere quiet, romantic, or dim.
The walls appear to be pretty dirty and it was as bright as the sun inside, even at 9pm.

That being said, the food was pretty good.
Priya is one of the few Indian restaurants in the valley specializing in Southern Indian cuisine, but they also have some North Indian staples on the menu.

There are several vegan selections to choose from, but none are marked. Vegans be sure to ask the server if the dish has cream in it.

The sambar is delicious, as are their dosas.
The Moong Masala Dosa, and the Masala Dosa's are both delicious. I wouldn't recommend getting the Dosa's without the masala filling as it's too good to pass up.

The chutney's are also very good, but the ones which come to your table with the papadaum (mint and tamarind) were a little gross.
The spoons which come in the containers were not clean, in fact it appeared as if they hadn't been washed in several months.
There was a lot of caked on old chutney on them, not very appetizing, not to mention they didn't appear to be chilled which is probably a health code violation.

I ate them anyway, they tasted good, and I didn't get sick the next day :)

The mixed vegetable pakora was a little heavy, maybe too much batter.

For an entree I had Channa Masala.
It was a little dry, seems as though it may have been reheated instead of prepared fresh, and it was a little too gingery.
It's my favorite Indian dish so I try it at every Indian restaurant I go to.

This is only my second visit to Priya and I'm not sure I would return unless it was late on a Sunday.
They're open late, until 10pm on Sunday's which is why I came back.

There are a number of other good Indian restaurants in the Valley with vegan options which I would rather go to than Priya, but if you're in the neighborhood it might be good for a quick bite to eat.

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Neighborhood

South Tempe

Directions

Located at the southwest corner of Warner and McClintock. Restaurant is just west of Basha's grocery store.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Indian (Northern)
  • Indian (Southern)

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