Following up on the Emperor's Clothes...
Should I just expect that "great" Indian restaurants will have mediocre buffets with terrible or nonexistent service?
I tried the highly rated Karma a couple of weeks ago. Slim selection, nothing all that tasty to write home about, and the waiter totally ignored me. Walked by my empty water glass five times!
I've heard raves about Khajuraho. The first time I went, I arrived half hour before closing time. Several dishes were gone. When I asked if they would be replenished, I was told that if I wanted a selection, I should have come early. They were more than willing to take my money, but I had to be extemely insistent to get them to put food on the table. The food, once again, was nothing great. I recently decided to give them another try. I arrived early enough to get the food, but the food was still mediocre, and the waiters acted like I was interrupting them.
A while ago, there were raves on this list for a place just west of the 309 movie theater in Montgomeryville. So good, the Chowhounds arranged a class trip there! I raced to get there before closing time, and they told me I was too late. When I told them I had arrived before the time they had given me on the phone, and I offered to take my food in one pass and let him clear the buffet, he reluctantly let me eat. A few of the dishes were ok, but mostly I remember hearing how it was all my fault that he was prevented from spending his valuable time with his children!
While most of my friends like New Delhi, I prefer Tandoor India. Nice selection, I like the flavors, juicy chicken, and I know what to expect - surly service every time!
And by the way, I still have no clue what to tip for a buffet with near nonexistent service. Any thoughts?