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Nirvana Indian Cuisine Restaurant Review: Even with its respectable collection of ethnic restaurants, New Orleans is surprisingly lacking in good Indian food. But Uptown has at least one refuge for saag paneer and tandoori chicken, serving the locals there for more than 30 years. Nirvana's dining room is sophisticated but warm, awash in royal blue, red and gold, with cushioned chairs, elephant friezes and servers dressed as if for a formal event. Fresh food is liberally seasoned, even when it comes off the daily lunch buffet. Sunday lunch is especially happening out on the sidewalk tables, where carefree diners take in the newspaper with their dal. Desserts are tempting, particularly the saffron kulfi, which is an Indian-style ice cream; alternatively, try the gulab jamun, fried milk balls in rose syrup.