Turmeric serves the best Indian food in the Bay Area, says katya. “Seriously. And it wins in both the buffet and dinner service categories. They simply serve some of the tastiest Indian food out there.” And this is a Chowhound who keeps a ranked list of the 20 best Indian buffets in the region, so listen up.
Turmeric’s lunch buffet, at $11, is a good deal. Even better is the $13 dinner buffet, which is only served Friday through Sunday. There are a lot of “unique delights” you won’t find elsewhere, reports katya, such as a make your own papdi chaat bar, with all the fixings (fried round balls, raw onions, cooked potato, chickpeas, yogurt sauce, cilantro, tamarind, and mint), as well as gobi mussalam, which is giant mounds of baked cauliflower, topped with sliced almonds. katya also recommends the potato and spinach cakes, and the boti kabob and malai chicken, both of which are made with good-quality meat.
“I’ve also ordered dishes off the menu and Turmeric again is amazing,” adds katya. The veggie samosas were “easily the best I’ve ever had.”
Other folks recommend Amber India, with a couple of caveats. First of all, the lunch buffet is a better experience than dinner, says Claudette. Second, several hounds say the Mountain View location is better (and cheaper) than the Santana Row branch.
Turmeric [South Bay]
141 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale
Amber India [South Bay]
2290 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View