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Best Indian Lunch Buffet (review)

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Best Indian Lunch Buffet (review)

Tim | May 2, 2005 08:39 PM

I went to an Indian restaurant called Chola (58th between 2nd & 3rd), which Zagat rates as having the best Indian lunch buffet in the City. Though, at $13.95, it was about double what the Curry Hill places charge for their lunch buffets, it was still a bargain.

Not including dessert items, there were approximately 12-15 items in the buffet itself, including a couple of chicken dishes, a lamb dish, a couple of rice dishes and several vegetarian options. It clearly looked (and tasted) like better quality than other Indian buffet food, but I was beginning to wonder if it justified the high price tag after I sat down with my food and began to eat.

Then the waiters started swarming around my table dropping plates and plates of extra food. They brought by pakoras with a tamarind sauce, a plate of fried crisps with chutney, tamarind and raita on top, a basket of delicous freshly made naan, an entire potato/vegetable dosa with a side of sambar and finally a plate of freshly made tandoori chicken. I was actually starting to get a bit embarassed because I was eating alone and had a total of 11 plates on my table.

All of the food was pretty much first-rate and above and beyond what you would expect to find at a buffet. Keeping with the more is better theme, they offered two items for dessert: kheer and gulab jamin. Both were really excellent and the gulab jamin was, without a doubt, the best I have had outside of India.

Supposedly, their weekend brunch is far more extravagant and has a lot more dishes and options than their weekday brunch (scary to imagine) and it's also only $13.95.

For fans of the Indian all-you-can-eat brunch, this place is a must-try. My best advice would be to go hungry and plan on leaving too full to eat anything (or do anything) for the rest of the day.

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