I really wanted to like Tandoori Bites located in the heart of the Silicon Valley commuter lunch shed. The owner couldn't be nicer. On our first visit she brought by a fresh basket of naan, and actually had us put our half gnawed pieces of naan in her hand. The naan was perfect - big and poofy, slightly burnt in a few places, with just a slight brushing of butter.
That first visit we tried the buffet, which is fairly small as Indian buffets go. My favorite dish was the potatoes and turnips - a surprise since I don't like turnips - however, I didn't spot one potato in the dish. The channa masala (usually a favorite for me) was far too watery. The chicken curries all had meat with questionable quality. I would have liked to have seen some chicken tikka masala with tandoori chicken meat or kebabs with chicken breast meat.
Overall the buffet was okay, but definitely not worth $10. For $7 I'm happier with the buffet at Taj in Sunnyvale. The best sounding item on the Tandoori Bites menu was the aloon naan, but I couldn't justify paying an extra $4 for it after already paying ten bucks for lunch.
If you decide to order off the menu, the entree prices are in the $13 range - even at lunch. I did notice the naan wraps though, and decided to make a return trip a week later for those. They are advertised as to-go only, but if you arrive after 1 p.m., you can convince them to make them to eat there. The boyfriend and I shared two naan wraps - each consisting of meat, cucumbers, onions, and chutney wrapped by naan (actually I think one didn't have the cucumbers or chutney). The naan was good. However, the meat quality of the chicken wrap left something to be desired. The chicken tandoori wrap wasn't much better, and had an odd taste that took some getting used to. Perhaps the seekh kebab wrap is better, but I'm not going back to find out
My Current Indian Buffet Rankings:
1) Turmeric, Sunnyvale
2) Priya (Berkeley)
3) Passage to India, Mountain View
4) Mehak, Berkeley
5) Sargam, Walnut Creek
6) Mayuri, Santa Clara
7) Taj, Sunnyvale
8) Maharaja?, Mtn View – on Castro St., can’t remember name but it’s not Sue’s
9) Tandoori Mahal, San Francisco
10) Khana Peena, Berkeley
11) Rajib?, Richmond – can’t find it online; might be closed
12) Swarna,Walnut Creek
13) Tandoori Bites, San Jose
14) India Palace, Berkeley
15) Raj, Oakland
3730 N. First St. (at Tasman Dr.)
San Jose, CA 95134