Colourful lights and modern Indian jazzy rock greeted us upon entry. Our greeter asked if we had a reservation but it was a Monday, and the restaurant was empty save for one other party. I’m not sure what she asking about.

I sat down and perused the beer tap list, which is mostly lagers with a few wheat ales, a list that would satisfy anyone used to drinking mass-produced American piss water ales. American craft ale/micro-brewery drinkers will be disappointed, as I was.

Our server was friendly and attentive.

The menu has a balanced choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetisers and entrees, including fish, chicken and goat (gosht). The goat (gosht) kabab appetiser was excellent with mint chutney; spicy but just right. For the entree, I had the Hyderabad gosht biryani. Oh my gosh! Delicious.

We ordered after dinner chai. We agreed it was one of the best we've had in a restaurant. Homemade by an elderly family member is still the best.

I guess my wife had mentioned it was my birthday because I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the meal when the staff brought ice cream and brownies to the table. I have Type 1 diabetes and after a full meal, there is no room in the meal budget for empty carbohydrates. But full points for the trying.

Samudhra - Premier Restaurant and Lounge | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 | f/2.4 | ISO 320
Samudhra - Premier Restaurant and Lounge | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 | f/2.4 | ISO 1250
gosht kabab | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2 | f/2.0 | ISO 500
hyderabadi gosht biryani | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2 | f/2.0 | ISO 400

Cafe Zuppina

Checked in at Cafe Zuppina in Lakeland, Florida. My brothers choice for dinner. He’s always wanted to dine here. Food was good.

Cafe Zupinna, Lakeland, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO2500), © Khürt L. Williams
Cafe Zupinna, Lakeland, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO3200), © Khürt L. Williams
Cafe Zupinna, Lakeland, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams