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Best Indian Buffet?

gordeaux | Dec 23, 2010 05:44 AM

Hi, thought this might be interesting. I love Indian / Pakistani food, and frequently make it at home, either from scratch, or assisted by pre-packaged masalas. I normally don't do the buffets except for when I'm totally jonesing, and need a quick lunch fix. I do know that many restos have buffets for lunch, a few for dinner, and I was just wondering who has suggestions for good ones. I'd really like to know WHY you think the place is good if you have a place to suggest. It would also be great to know any interesting facets of the buffet, anything they always have on offer, what to definitely try if it's on offer - stuff like that. I've been to:

India House Buffalo Grove:
lunch buffet maybe four times. I work pretty close, and it's decent. There are probably 10 items + a salad bar and two desert offerings. The spices are usually dumbed down, never anything with any real kick, tho they will have a few things that are mildly hot. Usually, they will have at least one thing that is exceptionally good. Last time, I remember, the exceptionally good item was a lamb meatball dish. The time before, it was an absolutely stellar fish in some kind of curry. Most of the buffet is kind of ho-hum. One of the desserts is usually mango kulfi. Definitely get that. Warm buttered naan will be brought to your table. It's pretty pricey - I recall that buffet plus a soft drink + tip is gonna run in the neighboorhood of 17 bucks.

Saffron in Vernon Hills:
Lunch Buffet five times. When I'm in my office in Lincolnshire, Saffron is always an option for lunch.
It's cheaper than India House, and they use a little more chile, so I like it that much more. It seems like they have Chicken Makhani and goat curry every sinbgle time I've gone, so I think they are everyday offerings. The Butter Chicken varies in quality, but the goat has been great each time. Someone in that kitchen knows how to stew goat meat, and I basically load up on the gosht when I'm there. The other stuff is a little on the salty side, but I do recall that the goat curry and usually one potato dish is always worth the trip for me. Naan delivered to your table here as well. Small buffet. Maybe ten items total. Oh yeah, they have a really good green chutney too - tasted like a mexican serrano salsa verde, but it's labeled mint chutney. I taste no mint whatsoever in it, but it is really good. Buffet, water, tip, as I recall is like 15 bux total. If the other foods on the buffet were a little bit better, this place would be stellar, but as I recall, the samosa, potato cutlets, pakora were way too salty for my tastes, and the veggie dishes were kinda just blah. I keep going back for the goat and aloo gobi, however, and it's good enough for me to recommend them.

Taste Of India in Willowbrook:
I was here last weekend on a whim. I was shopping in the area, but I knew of the joint because of a previous visit thanks to restaurant.com. I didn't think much of the previous visit, it was just OK, but I peaked at the buffet, and it looked decent,. I thought I'd stop back in for quick bite, and it was just ok. I was only impressed by a few things, a spicy chicken kerahi, and their spinach pakora and samosa were really good. Butter chicken was not impressive at all, and their lamb vindaloo was horrible. dry and chewy - they didn't know how to stew lamb at all. However, the price was 10.95 for a weekend dinner buffet, so if I were in the area again, I'd consider giving it a go.

Anyone have any spots to suggest along with reasons why?

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