Met a friend outside my office on Charles Street yesterday, and we walked North...walked into Copra, where I had never been...It was 11:30, and we were seated right away. Our waiter brought menus, and I decided on the flank steak salad. My friend ordered the smoked salmon salad. About 5 minutes later the waiter came back and said they were out of mixed greens, but had romaine and spinach. We said fine, and asked for a mixture of the two. One half hour later, he came back saying they were out of salmon!!! My friend asked why it took a half hour for him to tell us that, and he said they were looking downstairs for salmon they could grill, but were out of that as well. (?) My friend said we should leave, and we did. Now the waiter was fine with that...very nice, and apologized, and said he understood, I agree, the kitchen problem wasn't his fault, and told him so.
On up Charles...almost across the street at 322, a new Nepalese and Indian restaurant called Lumbini. The interior is absolutely beautiful, with murals, a crystal chandelier and white tablecloths. The buffet was $9.99, and we decided to have it. I don't know much about Indian food, but what we had was fabulous! The buffet included a platter with salad fixings, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, etc. Then on to the Vegi Pakora. The batter was so light you could see through it...wish I knew how to do that! They had about 10-different entrees, but no lamb, although there is a large lamb selection on the menu. I tried a Shrimp Chilly (their spelling) and it brought tears to my eyes, not only from the heat but from the deliciousness! The chicken Tikka and Tandoori chicken were the best I've ever had. They also had a favorite of mine, goat curry...which was yummy, and no where near as bony as a lot I've had. There were many other dishes as well...including rice pudding for dessert, and Nepalese tea included in the price. They bring fresh warm Naan to the table on a regular basis, and it was very good.
I was very pleased that there was a spicy (hot) entree, as I know most times buffets cater to the general public. Also, the waitresses were very sweet...every one! and helpful as well. Lumbini also delivers to the local area, and the takeout menu offers a 20-percent off carryout or 10-percent off dine in coupon. The only complaint, and it's tiny, is that they use small paper napkins instead of fabric...with the quality of the restaurant I think they need fabric!
This is the first Indian restaurant I have been to, although I've eaten the food before. Lumbini has been open for three months. Now I need someone like Whitemarsh John to give it a try and give us his take, as he seems to be the chief Indian Buffet guy here!