For the first time, I went to a place where the only source of information I had was the praise on this board. So I felt it only fair to post my own reaction.
Everything was very good. I've had other Indian buffets (though it's certainly not a frequent dining choice) and this was the best I've had. This dreary, rainy Thursday it was very slow. Only 5 other customers during my 40 minutes there. The buffet today?
- Two kinds of rice, plain white Basmati, and Basmati with Saffron and fried onion bits. I had the saffron variety, and it was light and very aromatic.
- Goat Curry. One of two dishes that very much impressed me. This had a complex yet mildly spiced brown oniony sauce with clear notes of cinnamon and coriander seed, and tiny mild green chili peppers. This is what I was expecting from Leff's "revelatory" statement.
- Chicken. In a pale orange/yellow sauce (unidentified to me) with potato. The chicken was a bit dry and underseasoned and the dish as a whole was average buffet fare.
- Spinach dish. I skipped it
- Mixed Vegetable Curry. Yummy, the other impressive dish. Tender veggies including Cauliflower, potato, rutabaga, cabbage, onion and zucchini. Yellow curry spice mix with clear pleasant notes of mustard seed!!
- Potato "Home Fries" that has been mentioned before; a mashed potato dish with finely chopped veggie bits and a very mild spice.
-As mentioned before, the food is room temp, though the meat dishes had a bit of heat as the stewing liquid insulated them a bit; and I did witness the fussing over the sterno I've read about.
-For the first 20 minutes, it was silent. Then they suddenly put on Petula Clark's Greatest Hits. It was pretty strange.
All in all, worth $4.95 for lunch, but I won't be going back.... only because I'm vacationing at home this week, and can't get to Jackson Heights on my lunch hour.