In an effort to establish the chowiest kosher Indian fleishig lunch buffet in NYC, I visited Shalom Bombay today (having previously been to Dakshin a number of times).
Shalom Bombay was very disappointing. Dakshin offers roughly 8-10 hot entrees (which typically include a lamb dish, a curry, chicken meatballs, several vegetable dishes and tandoori chicken in addition to salads and breads). S.B. had 3 hot dishes: one chicken dish, one squash dish and a cabbage dish, in addition to “da’al,” a bowl of onion fritters, tandoori chicken and a green salad.
The onion fritters were raw in the center and the experience of eating the grainy batter inside the fritter was just unpleasant. The chicken, which I think was a curry, was overcooked and the sauce bland. The table next to me was complaining about it so it’s not just me. The squash dish was a mush with little in the way of fresh vegetables. The cabbage mush was much like its squash cousin (they shared a brown sauce, had little flavor, no herbs, no ginger and little in the way of fresh vegetables). The “da’al” was just a liquid – no trace of lentil to be found; and I looked! Tandoori chicken was fine; it just happens not to be a dish I enjoy.
Dessert was tapioca (pudding?). It bore a strong resemblance to Elmer’s glue except the latter most assuredly tastes better. I would not usually order a pudding at a meat restaurant (though I have had some very good pareve puddings) and I advise avoiding this version, which had a strong chemical taste.
As to price, S.B.’s buffet is $2 more than Dakshin. They do accept credit cards, which Dakshin only does in-house for some ridiculous minimum, but S.B. will not be seeing my credit card anytime soon.