wow, I've just been for the second time to the fairly new Priya Indian restaurant in the Days Inn in Chicopee. I want to highly recommend it, haven't felt super enthused about any of the other Indian places in Northampton/Easthampton/Amherst/W Springfield . Gotta say, I don't have a car and took a whole bunch of buses to get to this place.
I am vegetarian and love good Indian food, and really enjoy a good buffet where I can try several things and not break the bank. I know there are foodie snobs who look down on buffets. But I think Indian food can hold up well in that environment compared to some other cuisines.
This buffet has a lot of choices...at least 5 vegetarian entrees during the week and more on the weekend! almost too many on the weekend, never thought I'd say that... Everything is quite authentic and tasty, with enough heat to be satisfying but not overkill. People who are very averse to heat might not love the buffet...but I'm sure they could order off the extensive menu and would have the spice level accomodated to their preference. There are meat entrees as well in the buffet-- chicken and lamb is what I've seen so far. But the staff told me the buffet changes quite a bit.
There are things I have never seen before in a buffet..and I frequented a very popular South Indian buffet in Minneapolis prior to moving to the Valley. Priya has...yogurt rice....utthapams with rasam and sambar (look these up folks..) , aviyal , very good dal with lentils and kidney beans, excellent chettinad paneer with their own homemade paneer, naan, great raita, green chutney, coconut chutney, tamarind chutney, a saag and potato dish with big chunks of potato in a velvety spinach sauce.
plus pakoras....2 desserts : a lovely kheer (rice pudding) and some halvah (semolina made into a porridge-type thing with lots of butter and sugar...yummy). plus some salad fixings and a dressed salad with cabbage, carrots etc. it goes on and on.
on the weekend there is a chaat bar where you can make your own chaat (Indian snack/street food) creation , along with the huge buffet.
the prices are quite reasonable for the buffet..all you can eat for about $10 weekdays and $13 weekend days. a la carte menu prices are on the higher side in my opinion...but the quality is excellent so I would say if you want to splurge on a dinner there, go for it.
they are fairly new, I would like to get the word out and hear back from other hounds who try it.
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