Usually I stay far away from buffet lunches. Soggy, bland, and mediocre. Bombay Garden is a surprising exception. A stunning variety, probably 25, of high quality, primarily north Indian and a few south Indian dishes. The restaurant decor and ambience ranks tiers above the SF tenderloin favorites. The buffet serving dishes are gold color with pretty cut out designs, rather than institutional pots.
The three dishes I took most pleasure from were: bhegan barta (eggplant), kheer (rice pudding with wonderfully fresh cardomon flavor), and gaajar ka halwa (shredded carrots with rich milky sauce and nuts). The waiters bring fresh, hot naan bread to your table in a basket. The buffet costs $8/person and is served daily 11:30-2:30.
Bombay Garden gets busy; There was a waiting line (which moves relatively quickly). Probably better to go before noon.
Details: 172 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo; 650 548 9966. Website: http://www.dinebombaygarden.com
They also have a sister restaurant in Newark,CA.
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