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To add more spice to the ethnic cafes and bistros along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Kinara Indian Restaurant opened its doors in September.

Kinara, which means "near the beach" in Bengali, may be closer to C-Town than the sea, but its quiet room, natural wood tables and unhurried service have the air of a lazy afternoon at a shore-sitting cafe.

Pull up one of the wooden seats to a small table and begin your meal with the puffy "nan" bread, warm from the oven, and a fluffy samosa. The samosa’s pastry coating is light and greaseless, and its filling of potatoes and peas is tongue tingling.

Order the chicken "tikka masala" straight from the restaurant’s tandoor oven, and the meat will be moist, crisp-edged and tangy from its yogurt marinade.

Remark on the quality of the food and the cafe’s manager, Mohammed Noor, will say, "There isn’t an Indian restaurant in Brooklyn that can compete with us." He speaks with pride of chefs Huron Ur-Rashid (pictured at left with the tandoor oven) and Abdul Raddak.

"Everyone who eats here loves their cooking," he says. "It’s really excellent."

Kinara Indian Restaurant (473 Fifth Ave. between 10th and 11th streets in Park Slope) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $7.95-$14.95. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Delivery is available to neighboring communities. For more information, call (718) 499-3777.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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